Upcoming ICIS Event: Software for Science — Getting Credit for Code


Software for Science: Getting Credit for Code

Date & Time: October 30, 2015 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Registration site coming soon!
Registration will be free and the event is open to the public.

Software for scientific modeling, simulations, analytics, etc., have become commonplace in many research disciplines, requiring years of effort by scientists and researchers to create and maintain. Yet the scholarly credit system does not reliably recognize this effort and the importance of this type of contribution to scientific progress. Getting software integrated into the scholarly credit system of publication and citation is an important step towards correcting the problem. At UC Davis, the SAGA project has brought together an interdisciplinary team from the Geological, Social, Library, and Computer Sciences to illuminate the technological and cultural barriers to effective software citation. The UC Davis ICIS project is sponsoring a one-day conference to discuss these issues, what the SAGA project is discovering, what publishers and other players are doing, and what needs to happen next.

Topics that we will explore include:

Speakers and presentation titles coming soon

9:30-10:00 || Registration, Coffee and Breakfast

10:00-10:30 || Welcoming and Overview of Scientific Software Citation Needs and Culture
What exactly is the problem with software-based scientific research? If we agree that software is important to research and scholarship, why is it so hard to change our practices and reward its creation and ongoing maintenance? This session provides a framing of the problem and overview of the day.

10:30-12:00 || Existing Infrastructure & Needs – Credit, Discoverability, and Altmetrics
Several interesting projects have explored this topic over the past few years, involving key organizations like GitHub, CrossRef, PLoS, and Zenodo. This session will describe and discuss those efforts and what we’ve learned from them.

12:00-1:00 || Lunch

1:00-2:30 || SAGA project findings: current infrastructure and survey results
The UC Davis SAGA project is exploring this problem for software used in the geological sciences. This session will report out on findings for both infrastructure and practices available to projects the generate scientific software, and attitudes about what it needed and possible from a range of stakeholders working in geophysics.

2:30-3:00 pm || Coffee Break

3:00-4:30 || The Emerging Role of Publishers and Information Resource Companies
Clearly progress will be hindered unless publishers and information resource companies are involved in making software count, both as a recognized form of scholarship and as part of the scholarly credit ecosystem (e.g. included in citation databases and metrics systems). This session will focus on how publishers and other companies are thinking about software in relation to publications and other forms of scholarship beyond the research article.

4:30-5:00 || Summary and Directions
If the first step is to admit we have a problem, what is the rest of the program we must follow? Where do we want to go from here? Are there specific changes or experiments to be done that would advance things right now? Research that should be done to understand the problem better? The last session will discuss these questions and devise a plan of action.

Location: Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room, UC Davis

Welcoming New Graduate Student Researcher, Kevin Schenthal

Kevin SchenthalThe University Library’s Scholarly Communications Program is pleased to welcome Kevin Schenthal to the program.  Kevin is a sixth-year graduate student in the mathematics department.  Kevin joins the University Library’s open access team and will help conduct faculty outreach and support of the 2013 UC Academic Senate Open Access policy. These UC policies follow other changes in scholarly communications such as federal mandates to archive and share research publications, data, and software; rapidly changing business models for journal and book publishing; and new digital formats for online publications.  Kevin will also collaborate with ICIS, the Software Attribution for Geoscience Applications, and the forthcoming Hard Science Software: Credit for Code workshop.

The Library is looking for a Grad Student to Work on Scholarly Communication Projects

The University Library’s Scholarly Communication Program is looking for a Graduate Student Researcher, 18 hours/week in AY2015-16

The Job:
The Scholarly Communications Graduate Student Researcher will work closely with the University Librarian and other library staff to conduct research and support a range of activities related to changing Scholarly Communications as supported by the Library. These include:

a) Helping organize the Library’s support for the new Academic Senate faculty Open Access policy, including: outreach to faculty (together with subject librarians and the Academic Senate leadership); coordinating creation of ‘marketing’ and training materials; tracking work to supply data, reports, etc., to project partners; and researching intellectual property questions;

b) Assisting with current Library research projects in Scholarly Communications, including Innovating Communication In Scholarship (ICIS) and Software Attribution for Geoscience Applications (SAGA);

c) Collaborating with the Library’s data management team and the Data Sciences Initiative on Open Data issues as they relate to the Open Access policy and other federal data sharing mandates;

d) working with the University Librarian on grant proposals for new funding opportunities in the area of Scholarly Communication and Open Access.

The Details:
The Scholarly Communications GSR must work both independently and in collaboration with other members of the Library staff. Essential job functions include developing and conducting outreach and communication to faculty affected by the Open Access policy and researchers collaborating with the Library on other Scholarly Communications projects. The candidate must have experience managing projects and communicating with diverse audiences on complex topics, both in writing and in person. Excellent and tactful communication skills are mandatory. Interest in and some knowledge of the changing nature of academic publishing and scholarly communication is also expected. Basic computer competency, including spreadsheet development and maintenance, powerpoint presentation creation, online project tracking, and website maintenance, also necessary.

Start date: September 1, 2015 (negotiable)
Apply via Aggie Job Link at https://icc.ucdavis.edu/students/ajl.htm (PostedAugust 6, 2015, #798605)

Notes from Art of the Archive: Rethinking Archival Practices in a Digital Era

This re-post from the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) blog describes a workshop on archival practices that took place on May 21, 2015, at the University of California, Davis. The essay is co-authored by Alessandro Delfanti, Allison Fish, and Alexandra Lippman. Delfanti, Fish, and Lippman are postdocs with UC Davis’ Innovating Communication in Scholarship (ICIS) project.

On May 21, 2015, the Innovating Communication in Scholarship project at the University of California, Davis held a one-day workshop on Art of the Archive. Papers given by the fifteen invited speakers explored the changing nature of the archive given the emergence of new information and communication technologies. These presentations largely focused on how these new digital archives are not merely technical creations, but are also constructed through social processes, have social impacts, and are not seamlessly implemented in everyday life. Instead, these digital storehouses are vibrant spaces for curating, organizing and publishing cultural heritage and expressive culture in new ways. In taking up this discussion three primary topics emerged and are described below: questions about access, circulation, and research design.

Image: Specimen Tray of Hans Sloane (1660-1753). Source: The Natural History Museum, London.

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Imogen Clarke “Peer Review in the Ether”

Imogen Clarke  holds a PhD on the transition from classical to modern physics in early twentieth century Britain from the University of Manchester in 2012. She currently works in academic publishing in Oxford, UK. Clarke’s guest post is related to her recent article, The Gatekeepers of Modern Physics: Periodicals and Peer Review in 1920s Britain Isis 106 (1), (March 2015) 70-93.

Peer review – can’t live with it, can’t live without it. That’s the basic conclusion to be drawn from the myriad of discussions currently surrounding the topic, with a new peer review crisis apparently popping up every other day. Peer review’s ubiquitous place in scientific funding and publishing might lead the casual observer to assume it had been commonplace for centuries. In fact, while the Royal Society established a form of peer review as early as 1753, the practice did not become widespread until after World War II and, as of yet, nobody really knows why. But peer review’s surprising youth is a treat to the historian of twentieth century science. To try and picture a publishing landscape without omnipotent peer review, one does not have to go back too far.

Sir Oliver Lodge’s ether machine

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Art of the Archive Workshop 5/21

Art of the Archive

Date & Time: May 21, 2015 from 9:30 am – 5:15 pm

Location: King Hall 2100A, UC Davis


The archive is in flux. The proliferation of born-digital objects and digitized materials opens up new modes of curation, circulation, and scholarly communication. This presents opportunities and challenges for scholars, artists, and publics for assembling, making accessible, decolonizing, and appropriating.

Digital platforms for curating and publishing cultural heritage and expressive culture—art, music, video, performance, sound—promise new collaborative forms, creating new relationships between producers and publics. Furthermore, archives and databases raise questions of ownership and control over knowledge–including decolonizing ethnographic collections and developing traditional knowledge licensing.

Our workshop will examine the digital archive and database in terms of the aesthetics and politics of curation. We will bring together perspectives from the humanities, arts, and social sciences to address the challenges and possibilities for an emerging art of the archive.

Topics that we will explore include:

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Notes from “Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship”


I’m currently at the Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship conference. Hackathon, presentations on open data,  open access, and alt metrics. You can follow what’s happening via Twitter at #arcs2015. I’ll add some notes from the conference soon and am excited to present on “Beyond Open: Global Perspective on Research Communication and Knowledge Production.” The panel’s chaired by Brian Rosenblum (University of Kansas Libraries) and I am joining Jane Anderson (NYU) Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, (Ciencia Puerto Rico and iBiology) and John Willinsky (Stanford). Below is the description:

Current scholarly communication initiatives are focused on expanding access, use, and reuse. This session will explore the relationship between these issues and the needs and goals of the developing world and marginalized communities.  We will consider how new models and expectations affect and address knowledge distribution structures in the developing world, and the control local research communities have over their own legacies and outputs.

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Call for Papers: “Transforming Scholarship: Open Access, Data Sharing, and Emerging Forms of Publication”

ICIS associates have issued an open call for papers for a panel at the next 4S Annual Meeting (Society for Social Studies of Science), to be held in Denver, CO, November 11-14, 2015


Transforming Scholarship: Open Access, Data Sharing, and Emerging Forms of Publication

Powerful changes are impacting traditional systems of research publication, academic credit, research quality assessment, and the meaning of “publication.” At the same time, traditional publishing models continue to shape how scholars produce and exchange knowledge. Understanding the scholarly communication system and its balance between transformation and continuity is a key goal for science and technology studies, as publishing practices affect scholars and scientists across all fields and levels. These changes also frame the policies of administrators evaluating and funding them, and of libraries confronting new technologies. The increasing scale and interdisciplinary nature of collaborations, as well as the growing reliance on cyberinfrastructures for producing and disseminating research, are central transformations that require a critical, theoretically oriented approach that encompasses the significance of these trends beyond communication.

The panel turns to different perspectives, such as STS, law, history, ethnography or media studies, to shed light on how scholarly communication systems evolve and interact with broader socio-political transformations. Indeed, we believe that the transformation we point out is posing epistemological and sociological questions about the place of scientific knowledge in contemporary societies. We are particularly interested in papers including, but not limited to, the following sub-topics: the interplay between old and new models of scholarly communication; the impact of Open Access models; the transformation of data from research results to research output itself; new metrics of impact; new forms of misconduct including metrics-based misconduct; the impact of English as the lingua franca of global science; doubts about peer review as quality guarantor; the impact of intellectual property on the content and timing of publications; disciplinary and geographical differences; scholarly norms and incentives that shape scientific institutions and their communication practices. Through this panel we aim to discuss and strengthen a critical research agenda that could inform university policy change for scholarly communication.

The deadline for submissions of individual papers is March 29, 2015

Organizers of this panel are: Alessandro Delfanti (corresponding convenor), Alexandra Lippman, and Mario Biagioli (University of California, Davis).