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Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office Impact Report 2020/2021

Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released its 2020/2021 Impact and Activity Report, showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact scholarly.communications@ubc.ca

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UBC Library – 2020/2021 Open Education Impact & Activity Report

UBC Library Open Education Impact & Activity Report – 2020/2021


The UBC Library Open Education Impact & Activity Report 2020-2021 is live on the Open UBC website. The report showcases some of the accomplishments for open education on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact scholarly.communications@ubc.ca

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Funding Opportunity for Research on Scholarly Communications



With funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Pan-Canadian Knowledge Access Initiative, Coalition Publica is launching a scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate students.

Read the full announcement on the Coalition Publica website, or continue below for more details.

The scholarship program supports research projects that:

  1. study the scholarly communication and research dissemination system, or

  2. apply digital humanities methods to the corpora* made available by Coalition Publica.

Scholarships available

  • PhD ($20 000)

  • Master’s Thesis ($10 000)

  • Bachelors: to develop term papers into research articles ($500)

Scholarships are awarded annually for one year of study (graduate) or for one research article (undergraduate).

Eligibility and selection criteria

All students registered at a Canadian university are eligible. Applications may be submitted in English or French. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the relevance of their research objectives and their originality. Scholarships will be granted in accordance with the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. Students from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to submit a proposal.

How to apply

Masters and PhD 

  • Research project description and state of progress (1 to 4 pages)

  • Curriculum vitae (any format)

  • Letter of support (1 page)

Undergraduate 

  • Research project description and state of progress (1 to 2 pages)

  • Curriculum vitae (any format)

  • Letter of support (1 page)

For the above, applicants are encouraged to follow SSHRC’s scholarship application guidelines.

Deadlines

  • May 15, 2021: application deadline

  • June 15, 2021: announcement of results

Send applications to: vincent.lariviere@umontreal.ca

2022 Call for Scholarly Journals to Join the Érudit Dissemination Platform

 

 

 

Recognizing the ongoing pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic on the scholarly journal community, Érudit has decided to extend the call for applications until Sunday, 25 April 2021.

Érudit is launching a call for applications for scholarly journals wishing to be disseminated on its platform as of January 2022. The journal should  submit its application before Sunday, April 11 April 25, 2021. Applications received after this date may be evaluated for the following year.

As part of Coalition Publica—a partnership between Érudit and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP)—we are pleased to open this call to Canadian scholarly journals that use PKP’s Open Journal Systems (OJS).

Selection Criteria

To be eligible, applicant journals must meet the following criteria:

  • The journal must follow a rigorous and independent peer review process.
  • At least one third of the journal’s editorial committee must be made up of researchers affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary educational institution and/or the journal must be owned by a Canadian not-for-profit organization.
  • The journal must publish at least six scholarly articles per year.
  • The journal must have been published for at least two years as a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.
  • The journal must be related to a social science or humanities discipline.
  • The journal must publish primarily in English and/or French.

Process

  1. Complete the online application form at https://forms.gle/7uY4YmMkDyu5GsvJ6
  2. Érudit’s Scientific Committee will examine the applications and will approve, reject or outline conditions for the inclusion of the journal on the erudit.org platform.
  3. Choose a type of digital production. Érudit will provide applicant journals with a proposal  with two options:
     

  4. Sign contracts between the journal and Érudit. Contracts must be returned to Érudit before September 1, 2021, otherwise the journal cannot be integrated in 2022.

Services for journals

  • Digital publishing
    Érudit provides XML file markup and production for current and back issues. This format allows for optimum interoperability and multiple publishing formats (XHTML, ePub, PDF, etc.). Érudit also offers a service for digitizing and disseminating journals’ archives of back issues.
  • Dissemination
    Érudit has signed agreements with international aggregators and discovery services, such as  Google ScholarEBSCO and Crossref for the attribution of DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to all current and back-issue articles to optimize cross-referencing with long-lasting URIs, ensuring full visibility of published articles.
  • Preservation
    Érudit works with international partners, such as Portico, to ensure permanent archiving of platform content.
  • Financial support
    Journals can choose to be disseminated in full open access or with restricted access (12-month moving wall, accessible to subscribers; open access to issues older than 12 months). Érudit supports journals through various commercialization strategies: consortial agreements, financial support for open access, institutional and individual subscription sales. More than 1,100 libraries worldwide have a partnership or subscription agreement with Érudit.

If your journal uses Open Journal Systems (OJS), we invite you to familiarize yourself with the services offered through Coalition Publica, Érudit’s partnership with the Public Knowledge Project.

Note: Journals are only charged for digital publishing services, and they remain owners of all digital files produced by Érudit.

Contacts

To communicate in English:
Jessica Clark,
Project Coordinator, Coalition Publica
jessica.clark@erudit.org
613 277-0363

To communicate in French:
Hocine Chehab,
Digital Publishing Officer
hocine.chehab@erudit.org
514 343-6111, ext. 44607

About Érudit

Érudit is an inter-university consortium that provides research and cultural communities with a wide range of services in digital publishing and dissemination. The Érudit platform—erudit.org—is the leading digital dissemination platform of SSH research in Canada. It hosts over 240 journals and its collections are consulted by the research community and the general public, including the users of over 1100 institutions worldwide. Érudit is supported by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, and has been recognized as a Major Science Initiative by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Webinar Recording : Emerging Perspectives in Open Access Book Publishing

 

Open Access monograph publishing is a rapidly expanding and evolving strategy for making scholarly work globally accessible. Universities, academic publishers, libraries, and scholarly organizations are developing new initiatives, partnerships, services, and business models to support open access options for authors of scholarly monographs, textbooks, and academic books. This event will explore the opportunities, challenges, and experiences of OA book publishing from the perspective of authors, series editors and publishers. You are invited to join a panel discussion of UBC faculty and publishers that will address their motivations for “going open”, as well as the processes, impacts, and changes that OA is bringing to academic book publishing.

Panellists

  • Katherine Bowers, Katherine Bowers, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies, UBC Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies
  • Megan Brand, Production Editor, UBC Press
  • Rupert Gatti, Co-founder and Director of Open Book Publishers; Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Director of Studies in Economics
  • Mark Turin, Associate Professor, UBC Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies & Department of Anthropology

Facilitator

  • Leonora Crema, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, UBC Library

Open Scholarship in Practice Events

Open Scholarship in Practice

Join us for a week of webinars and workshops exploring the practice of open scholarship — from new tools that can increase the reproducibility of research, to new pedagogies that become possible when students and faculty members become co-creators engaged in meaningful, generative knowledge creation. Hear from UBC colleagues who are incorporating “openness” in innovative ways to enhance teaching, research, and public impact.


Working in Public: Generosity and the Knowledge Commons

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

Featured Keynote: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English Michigan State University

Working in public, and with the public, can enable scholars to build vital, sustainable research communities, both within their fields, with other scholars in different fields, and with folks off-campus who care about the kinds of work that we do. By finding ways to connect with a broad range of publics, in a range of different registers, and in ways that allow for meaningful response, we can create the possibilities for far more substantial public participation in and engagement with the humanities, and with the academy more broadly. This talk explores the ideas in Professor Fitzpatrick’s influential book, Generous Thinking, and will focus on the challenges posed by working in public and the skills required to develop more publicly engaged scholarship.

Co-sponsored by the UBC Library and the UBC Public Humanities Hub.

Register Here »


Building a Foundation: Open Research Data as a Pillar of Open Science

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

This session will provide an introduction to Open Research Data (ORD) in the sciences. You will learn about the importance of ORD to the unfolding Open Science movement; the benefits ORD can bring to you, science, and society; and the cultural challenges we face in translating vision into practice. If you are interested in taking the first steps to make your data open, we will provide you with a toolkit to get started!

Register Here »


Emerging Perspectives in Open Access Book Publishing

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

Open Access monograph publishing is a rapidly expanding and evolving strategy for making scholarly work globally accessible. Universities, academic publishers, libraries, and scholarly organizations are developing new initiatives, partnerships, services, and business models to support open access options for authors of scholarly monographs, textbooks, and academic books. This event will explore the opportunities, challenges, and experiences of OA book publishing from the perspective of authors, series editors and publishers. You are invited to join a panel discussion of UBC faculty and publishers that will address their motivations for “going open”, as well as the processes, impacts, and changes that OA is bringing to academic book publishing.

Register Here »


Publishing As Open Pedagogy: OJS & Pressbooks

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

As open education continues to gain traction in higher education, many are looking for ways to expand their integration of open approaches beyond merely the inclusion of open materials. Open publishing is beginning to emerge as one pathway towards greater engagement in openness in the classroom. This panel will introduce participants to five people working in various capacities to support student publishing through Open Journal Systems and PressBooks, two open source publishing platforms that allow for open dissemination of student-created, instructor-supported content.

Register Here »


From Project Plan to Release – Publishing an Open Text

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

As more faculty engage in the development of open educational resources (OERs), the publishing of open texts has increased. Open textbook collections are growing and the opportunity to engage in developing this content is becoming more accessible to faculty interested in educational publishing.  But with these new opportunities comes a need to better understand: how you go from a plan to a fully published open text?

This webinar provides a phased approach to publishing an open text. The session will cover:

  • Determining the Project Scope and developing a plan,
  • Developing an Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan,
  • Developing a text outline, design and style guide,
  • Developing a release plan and peer review process, and;
  • Developing a post-release plan, including collection of impact data.

This session will also provide you with templates and guides for your text project, in addition to outlining the supports and services available at UBC.

Register Here »


Publishing an Open Text with Pressbooks – The Basics

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

Pressbooks is a powerful and popular tool for creating open educational resources such as textbooks. Whether you are looking for training for yourself or your research assistants, this training will cover the basics of how to use Pressbooks to create and enhance content. By the end of this session participants will be familiar with:

  • Pressbook layouts and organization
  • Developing and structuring chapters and parts
  • Embedding content, including images, videos, and other media materials

BCcampus Open Education has created a self-serve instance of Pressbooks. This is available for instructors and staff from post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the Yukon. Create an account at: https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/

Register Here »


Building Digital Exhibits with Wax

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

This workshop will introduce Wax, a tool for creating minimal Digital Exhibits without complex infrastructure.

Register Here »


Open Education Impact Report

Open Education Impact Report September 2019 – April 2020


Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released an open education impact report showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact scholarly.communications@ubc.ca

Read the Report

Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office Impact Report 2019/2020






Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released its 2019/2020 Impact and Activity Report, showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact scholarly.communications@ubc.ca

Read the Report.

Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE)

Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE)

The Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE) is a new one-year flexible and blended program jointly presented by the UBC Open Working Group, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and UBC Library. The program will help you develop foundational knowledge of Open Scholarship, Open Education and Open Research. By completing this program you will gain the tools and strategies to become proficient in supporting and advocating for open practices. The program is intended for faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students with an interest in open research, open access, open data and open education. We also invite non-UBC faculty, staff, and students at the post-secondary level to join the conversation. Depending on the program pathway that you select, you can learn about:

  • Open Education
  • Open Access
  • Open Research

Program Learning Objectives

General program outcomes for the POSE:

  • Develop an understanding of open scholarship in higher education and the intersections of each area: open access, education, data, and research
  • Develop strategies to address potential risks and challenges when planning to engage in open practices
  • Be prepared to support and develop open education, open access or open research projects
  • Create an open project with the support of UBC experts and receive feedback from peers

Program Format

To support participant flexibility, the program is composed of online self-paced modules that you can complete throughout the year. You are also required to participate in 3 online synchronous sessions during the program. Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Key Dates

  • August 19: 1-2:30 pm: Kick-Off Session
  • December 7, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Midpoint Session
  • April 19, 12-1:30 pm – Wrap-up Session

Time Commitment

This program is designed to take no more than 3 hours per month including synchronous workshops, online modules, and activities. The program should take approximately 21 hours to complete.

Registration Information

To register for the POSE program, please complete the registration form . We will get back to you with information about the next steps. We are looking forward to learning and working with you to further open education and research at the University of British Columbia.

Open UBC Webinar Series



Open UBC is developing a series of workshops on various aspects of Open Scholarship in the upcoming months.

Three webinars are currently scheduled (see details below) and as more become available they will be posted on the UBC-Vancouver Library’s event calendar.

These workshops are open to all students, staff and faculty.

Moving your Open Educational Resource Project Forward
• Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Register: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546921

Finding, Using, and Remixing Open Resources For Your Courses
• Date: Monday, May 4, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Register: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546821

Copyright and Licensing for Open Educational Resources

• Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Register: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546822

Discoverability and Sharing Open Educational Resource
• Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Register: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546823

Open Pedagogy with Omeka: Creating Digital Exhibits
• Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:oopm
• Registration: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546840