Research Without Borders 11/12 | Expanding Public Access to Research

All — please join us for “Expanding Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Implementing the OSTP Memo”, our second event of the academic year in our Research Without Borders panel discussion series. This event will take place from 12-2pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 on the third floor of Columbia’s Faculty House. It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

in a policy memorandum released in February 2013, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren directed federal agencies to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication, and required researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research. Panelists will discuss and debate major proposals for addressing the directive – CHORUS, SHARE, and NIH policies.

Our panelists:

Alicia Wise is Director of Universal Access at Elsevier, where she manages Elsevier’s access strategy and policies and launches and monitors access pilot projects. Alicia previously worked for the UK Joint Information Systems Committee, the Publishers Licensing Society, The Publishers Association, and as an academic archaeologist, and holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Neil Thakur is Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also serves as program manager for the NIH Public Access Policy. Prior to his time at NIH, he was Assistant Director of Health Services Research and Development at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Neil holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Yale University School of Public Health and completed a NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in mental health services research at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Judy Ruttenberg is the program director for the Transforming Research Libraries strategic direction. Her responsibilities also include the E-Research Working Group and the Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age Working Group. Prior to joining ARL, Judy was a program officer at the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN). Judy holds an MLS from the University of Maryland College Park, an MA in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Our moderator:

Elwin Wu is an Associate Director of the Columbia University School of Social Work Social Intervention Group and the Co-Director of the HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Racial/Ethnic Minority New Investigators. His practice experience includes direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, and groups with agencies serving primarily the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; evaluation of violence prevention programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence in same-sex relationships; and program development and evaluation for criminal justice-involved adolescents and adults.


This event is the second event this academic year in our speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. It is sponsored by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services‘ Scholarly Communication Program. Join the discussion on Twitter at #rwob and @ScholarlyComm. To watch a live webcast of the event, and for more information about Research Without Borders, visit the Scholarly Communication Program website at


The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) supports the global reach and impact of research produced at Columbia University. Its mission is to explore and raise awareness about new research tools, methods, and support services that are available to Columbia faculty, students, and staff. In pursuit of this mission, the SCP hosts events and workshops, curates news and resources on our Web site, and engages in innovative scholarly communication initiatives on campus and in the wider academic community. The SCP is an initiative of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, which is part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. CUL/IS employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:

NB: This event is listed on the Columbia Libraries website here.

The Challenge of Communicating Computational Research

Research Without Borders
April 4, 2013

Computational approaches to scholarship have revolutionized how research is done but have at the same time complicated the process of disseminating the results of that research. Conclusions may be produced using mathematical models or custom software that are not easily accessible to, or reproducible by, those outside the research team. And in some fields, a lack of understanding of computational approaches may lead to skepticism about their use.  

The panel considers urgent questions faced by researchers across the range of academic disciplines. How can scientists and social scientists address the lack of access to the software and code used to produce many research results, which has led to a crisis of verifiability and concern about the accuracy of the scientific record? How can digital humanists approach discussions of computational methods, which may not fit into traditional forms of scholarship and can be viewed with suspicion in disciplines that prize the art of scholarly analysis? Computational researchers are examining communication practices, policies, and tools that promise to more effectively convey their research process and the results it produces.

The panelists:

Neil Chue Hong is Director of the Software Sustainability Institute. He is responsible for representing the Institute and the interests of UK researchers at the national and international level. Within the organization, he oversees operations, leads policy development, develops and manages collaborations, and acts as the principal liaison with stakeholders. Neil has worked with researchers from across the UK and internationally to address barriers to the use of e-Infrastructure in research domains such as  biosciences, chemistry, digital humanities, Earth systems modelling, medicine, and the social sciences.

Matthew Jockers is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Prior to his position at Nebraska, he was a Lecturer and “embedded” Academic Technology Specialist in the Department of English at Stanford University. During that time he co-founded and directed the Stanford Literary Lab. His research and teaching are focused on computational text analysis, specifically an approach that he calls “macroanalysis.” His forthcoming book is titled Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History.

Daniel P. W. Ellis is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. His Laboratory for Recognition and Organization of Speech and Audio (LabROSA) is concerned with all aspects of extracting high-level information from audio, including speech recognition, music description, and environmental sound processing. He also runs the AUDITORY email list of 1700 worldwide researchers in perception and cognition of sound.

You can also review the discussion on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #rwob.

Scholarly Societies in the Humanities: New Models and Innovation

Research Without Borders
March 5, 2013

How can scholarly societies in the humanities create sustainable organizational models in an era of networked communications? What services will attract and retain members when scholars have an increasing list of options available for disseminating their work and connecting with peers? View video from this panel discussion on “Scholarly Societies in the Humanities: New Models and Innovation,” a panel discussion of these questions and more.

The panelists:

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association
Robert Townsend, Deputy Director, American Historical Association
Dianne Harris, past-President, Society of Architectural Historians

You can also review the discussion on Twitter by searching for the hashtags #rwob and #scholsocieties.

Research Data Symposium

Research Data Symposium
February 27, 2013

VIDEO TO COME. The Research Data Symposium was a day-long event hosted by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, Columbia's Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, Columbia’s Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) and Elsevier, was held to lead discussion on topics related to managing and curating research data and a variety of other research outputs.

The Symposium featured speaker panels addressing the different stages of the research data life cycle, with representatives from Columbia faculty, learned societies, research institutions, funders, and publishers coming together to examine the implementation stages, available technologies and associated challenges and barriers for managing, preserving and accessing research data. The goal of the symposium was to provide attendees with valuable information to engage their respective organizational stakeholders to initiate and continue long-term research and data management efforts.

See the symposium site at Check out tweets from the symposium using the hashtag #RDS2013.

Measuring Scholarly Impact: The Influence of “Altmetrics” on a Changing Conversation

Research Without Borders
November 13, 2012

Is the academic community ready to employ new tools to evaluate the importance and influence of scholarly works? How do “altmetrics” services and models reflect new thinking about what types of scholarly activities should be valued? View the video above to hear a panel discussion of these questions, titled “Measuring Scholarly Impact: The Influence of ‘Altmetrics’ on a Changing Conversation.” 

“Altmetrics” refers to methods of measuring scholarly impact using Web-based social media. Why does it matter? In many academic fields, attaining scholarly prestige, not to mention tenure and promotion, means publishing research articles in important scholarly journals. However, many in the academic community consider a journal's prestige, which is determined by a metric calculated using the number of citations to the journal, to be a poor proxy for the quality of the individual piece or of the individual author’s work. Many uses of a scholarly work–by practitioners, policy makers, and the general public, for example–do not result in citations. At the same time, hiring and promotion committees are looking for ways to determine the impact of alternate formats now commonly used by researchers such as blogs, data sets, videos, and social media.

Our panelists are all working with innovative new tools for assessing scholarly impact:

Jason Priem, Co-Founder, ImpactStory
Kristi Holmes, Bioinformaticist, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Caitlin Aptowicz Trasande, Head of Science Metrics, Digital Science

This event is part of the 2012-13 "Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication" speaker series.

Supporting Translational and Team-based Science Workshop

Monday, November 12 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Columbia University, Morningside Campus
Butler Library, Room 203
To register, please go to:

Traditionally, medical and science/technical libraries have provided information resources and technology to support educational and research objectives. Now, the complexity of translational and team-based science research and their multidisciplinary approaches offer prime opportunities for many different types of libraries to create visionary library-based translational and team-based science programs.

This workshop will provide medical and science/technical librarians with an initial foundation to develop and/or supplement translational and team-based science programs for their institutions. Topics to be discussed include an introduction to the concepts of translational and team-based science and to Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs), discussion of stakeholders for advancing translational science efforts, strategies for initiating collaborations with stakeholders, and a review of possible services and resources that can be implemented to establish a library-based support program for translational or team-based science.

Instructor: Kristi Holmes is a Bioinformaticist at Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where she works to develop and support cross-disciplinary initiatives across a variety of subject areas. Her professional interests include the development and implementation of strategies to support biomedical training and research; collaboration and research networking; open science; and understanding the impact of research efforts. She is Director of Outreach for VIVO and a member of the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Tracking and Evaluation Team.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.
Questions? Contact Kathryn Pope, Head, Scholarly Communication Program
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship 212-851-2856

Webcast Screening: Open Access and Your Publications: What’s Copyright Got To Do With It?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 523

Join us to screen a webcast of an American Library Association (ALA) webinar with Kenneth Crews, director of Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.

For librarians, researchers and many other library users, the open access movement has enabled easy and reliable access to a wide range of new publications.  However, the success of open access hinges on the terms in the agreements between authors and publishers. The copyright language that spells out whether the public will have access to specific material might be buried in a cryptic, pro forma email attachment or even a click-through agreement. Don’t let your materials stay hidden under a rock—facilitate access by learning to be proactive with the expert advice of copyright authority Kenneth D. Crews.

This is second of a series of occasional ALA webinars called Crews on Copyright.

The screening at Columbia University is part of Open Access Week 2012. It is open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Copyright and Electronic Filing

Monday, October 22, 1:00 pm
Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 523

Students at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) must file their dissertations electronically, and a copy of each dissertation will be deposited in Columbia's online repository Academic Commons. This new requirement may change the way you prepare your dissertation for filing. Learn important information about your copyrights, using copyrighted materials in your dissertation, and depositing your work in Academic Commons.

Bring your questions!

Kenneth Crews, Columbia Copyright Advisory Office
Rob Hilliker, Academic Commons Manager

This event is part of Open Access Week 2012 at Columbia University. It is open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

Bountiful Harvest? Collection-building Opportunities With Open Access

Open Access Week 2012
October 23, 2012 

How is open access changing the way libraries build their collections? Has it caused greater shifts in opportunities in the sciences or humanities? What are the most pressing challenges it presents? Watch a lively debate on how librarians can support open access and use it to enrich the collections and services they offer.

Matthew Baker, Collection Services Librarian, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Pamela Graham, Director of Global Studies and Director, Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services
Megan Wacha, Research and Instruction Librarian for Media and the Performing Arts, Barnard College

This event was part of Open Access Week 2012 at Columbia University.

Addressing Author Misconduct: The Role of Researchers, Journals, and Institutions

Research Without Borders
Thursday, September 20, 2012

We hold the published scientific record in such high regard because we expect that it accurately reflects the results of research. But what happens when researchers tinker with their results, either with good or bad intent? Join us for “Addressing Author Misconduct: The Role of Researchers, Journals, and Institutions” to explore these questions and more. This panel discussion will take place on Thursday, September 20, at noon in Columbia’s Faculty House. The event is free and open to the public.

Though not a new issue, academic author misconduct has been in the spotlight due to recent high-profile cases such as that of Dutch psychologist Diederik Stapel. Many are calling for more coordination among journals, research institutions, and research leaders across the globe in dealing with the range of issues broadly described as “misconduct.” At the same time, a high volume of submissions, alongside widely available digital publishing software, has put increasing pressure on journals to inspect papers for signs of questionable practices or even data manipulation. How can journals and institutions best educate researchers about misconduct and coordinate their efforts to address it? Are there ways to take more advantage of the post-publication review processes and open discussions that are occurring organically on the Web? And when misconduct is discovered, how can the digital scientific record best be corrected?

The panel will consider the issue from diverse perspectives. The panelists are:
Liz Williams is Executive Editor of The Journal of Cell Biology.
Martin Frank is Executive Director of the American Physiological Society.
Katja Brose is Editor of the journal Neuron.
Naomi Schrag is the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance at Columbia University

This event, cosponsored by the Columbia University Office of Research Compliance and Training and Scholarly Communication Program, is the first event this academic year in the speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. Watch the live webcast here: /events/live-webcast/. You can also follow the discussion on Twitter at or by using the hashtag #rwob.