Category Archives: Data publishing

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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Christine Borgman’s Keynote at Data Rights & Data Wrongs Workshop

On December 10th, Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, delivered this keynote address for our workshop, Data Rights & Data Wrongs. Her talk set the tone for an exciting day and was based on her forthcoming book Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World  (MIT Press 2015).

Save the Date! Data Rights & Data Wrongs (12/10/14 @ UC Davis)


The “Communicating with Data” branch of ICIS is planning a new workshop, Data Rights and Data Wrongs, for Dec. 10th, 2014. The event will take place on the UC Davis campus.

The workshop will focus on the emerging domain of data rights, as well as the tools and techniques available to manage data sharing in manner that presents both benefits and challenges to different stakeholders in the scholarly research enterprise.

Brief Description: Scholars are under increasing pressure from funding bodies, disciplinary norms, personal tenure considerations, etc. to share their research data and make it available for reuse. However, data are often difficult and costly to produce and many scholars view these as a work product for which they should receive some sort of credit, recognition, or financial consideration. While ensuring receipt of such may be desirable it is a difficult outcome to guarantee given; (1) the complex and variable legal status of data as not-quite-property and (2) the diverse forms that data can take, as well as the mobility and malleability of data. This workshop will address theoretical concerns and pragmatic solutions that can be harnessed to help researchers comply with requirements or desires to share their data in ways they deem appropriate – ultimately asking if current legal ‘solutions’ and technological ‘fixes’ are sufficient to accomplish stakeholder objectives.

We’ve lined up some great speakers and panelists already and expect a lively discussion.

More details to follow soon!

FORCE11 released “Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles”

The FORCE11 group has released an important document for those interested in scholarly publishing: Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles – FINAL | FORCE11.  The FORCE part of FORCE 11 stands for “The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship” and the group is a collection of some 600+ people interested in this topic.  I am a member of the group and went to one of their first meetings a few years ago.  Definitely worth checking out the Declaration.