Assessing the Openness of our Digital Collections by Susan Falciani

The readings and discussions this year have provided me with the impetus to conduct a census of Trexler Library’s digital archives and special collections materials to assess the openness (or lack thereof) with which they have been shared. As short a time as two years ago, even the papyrus collection, which most clearly precedes any possible claim of copyright(!), was …

OER reading group summary by Rachel Hamelers

Throughout our OER reading group, I have explored the idea of how instructors in different disciplines could consistently incorporate critically thinking about information in their teaching, including but not limited to issues such as access (open and otherwise), authority, and power structures. In pursuit of this goal, I led a session at the Information Literacy Roundtable (at Muhlenberg) in January …

Collaboration in the Open with Geospatial Data

For the Spring, I will continue to work on an issue that has stymied me for years. An mechanism for sharing and collaborating openly using geospatial data. Collaboration is key to many types of research and more research is becoming spatially oriented. Archaeology has always been spatial and frequently collaborative. Yet there are no good tools for collaboration with geospatial …

Openness and predatory journals.

This morning I read the article by Gina Kolata in the New York Times entitled, Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals. The article discusses predatory journals, which are “journals” (if we bend that term beyond recognition) that are willing to publish anyone, have little to no editorial staff and do not employ peer-review… Read more Openness and predatory …

Open production and expertise

As a part of the Faculty Learning Community on Open Scholarship, participants are required to submit short responses for each session (for details see here). The goal behind these responses is to encourage open communication by to sharing issues important to individual members of the group. This opens up avenues of discussion others may not have considered. How is openness …