Category Archives: Meetings, Seminars, Talks & Courses

Open Sourcing Religion– Workshop, December 3, 2015


Open Sourcing Religion

Thursday, December 3, 2015 / 9:00AM to 5:00PM

UC Davis King Hall, Room 2100A

A one day workshop on digital transformations in religious studies scholarship

RSVP if you plan to attend.


9:00am to 9:15am: Introduction: Andrew Ventimiglia (UC Davis)

9:15am to 11:15am: FUTURES

Moderator: TBD


  • Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M)
  • Pauline Hope Cheong (Arizona State University)
  • Eric Schmidt (UC Press)
  • Allison Fish (Indiana University)

11:15am-12:15pm: LUNCHTIME KEYNOTE: Flagg Miller (UC Davis)

12:15pm-1:15pm LUNCH BREAK

1:15pm-2:45pm HISTORIES

Moderator: David Biale (UC Davis)


  • Brian Hochman (Georgetown University)
  • Steven Jones (Loyola University, Chicago)
  • Andrew Ventimiglia (UC Davis)

2:45pm-3:00pm COFFEE BREAK

3:00pm-5:00pm PRACTICES

Moderator: Meaghan O’Keefe (UC Davis)


  • Daniel Schwartz (Texas A&M)
  • Mairaj Syed (UC Davis)
  • Nazmus Saquib (MIT)
  • Behnam Sadhegi (Stanford University)

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

This event was recorded and is now available for viewing

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 Software Attribution for Geoscience Applications (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 Innovating Communication in Scholarship (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.


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

10:00-10:30 || Welcome and Overview of Scientific Software Citation Needs and Culture
The use of software in science has become pervasive throughout the research cycle. If we agree that software is critical to research and scholarship, why have we been slow to change our practices and rewards its creation and ongoing development and support? This session will frame the issues and provide an overview of the day.

  • MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian, UC Davis
  • Louise Kellogg, Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Director, Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics, UC Davis

10:30-12:00 || SAGA project findings: current infrastructure and survey results
The UC Davis SAGA project is exploring the problem of academic credit for software used in the geological sciences. This session will report out on findings for both infrastructure and practices available to projects that generate scientific software, and attitudes about what it needed and possible from a range of stakeholders working in geophysics.
Moderator: MacKenzie Smith, UC Davis


  • Laura Soito, Librarian, University of New Mexico University Libraries
  • Allison Fish, Professor, School of Informatics & Computing, Indiana University
  • Lorraine Hwang, Associate Director, Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics, Earth & Planetary Sciences, UC Davis

12:00-1:00 || Lunch

1:00-2:30 || 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.
Moderator: Allison Fish, Indiana University


  • Abigail Cabunoc Mayes, Lead Developer, Mozilla Science Lab, Mozilla Foundation
  • Jennifer Lin, Director of Product Management, CrossRef
  • Arfon Smith, Chief Scientist, GitHub (via Skype)

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.
Moderator: Joe Dumit, UC Davis


  • Patricia Brennan, Product Manager, Thomson-Reuters, Web of Science
  • Dan Morgan, Digital Science Publisher, University of California Press and Publisher, Collabra
  • Brooks Hanson, Director, Publication, American Geophysical Union (via Skype)

4:30-5:00 || Summary and Directions
If the first step is to admit we have a problem, what are the next steps 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? What specific measures can be undertaken? What research needs to be done? The closing session will discuss these questions and develop a plan of action.

Location: Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room, UC Davis

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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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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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).

TODAY: UC OA Policy & what it means for you (UC Davis Library 10/22)

WED. OCTOBER 22nd from 1:30-3PM

Panel organized by Library at UC Davis, Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room

The UC Open Access Policy ( or was passed by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, and is going into effect for all UC campuses, including UC Davis, on November 1, 2014. The policy grants UC faculty the right to make their articles freely available to the public by depositing a pre-publication copy in an open access repository. What does this policy mean for faculty at UC Davis?

Come to this talk by Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library (CDL), who will describe the tools and services that CDL is developing to support the policy, and Dr. Robert Powell of Chemical Engineering, who will give background on the policy and its passage through the UC Senate.  Afterwards a Q&A panel will be held with the speakers, UC Davis librarians and open access researchers to answer questions and discuss the implications of the policy and open access.

This talk is being held during Open Access Week 2014, an annual international event to raise awareness about open access issues.

  • Catherine Mitchell and Dr. Robert Powell on the UC OA policy: talk and discussion
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room, 2nd floor (at the far end of the main reading room)
  • 1:30-3:00pm

Questions? Contact Phoebe Ayers,

Talk tomorrow on A2K for Visually Impaired: Ruth Okediji @ King Hall, UC Davis

Talk by Prof Ruth Okediji
Date and time: Tues, 10/21, Noon to 1pm
Location: King Hall, Room 1001
Title: The Road To Marrakesh: Toward a new global synthesis of intellectual property and the public interest?

Abstract: The Marrakesh treaty to facilitate access to Published Works by Visually impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities (ViP treaty) is the first intellectual property agreement establishing minimum, mandatory exceptions to the rights granted to authors and owners of knowledge goods. the ViP treaty aims to eliminate copyright-related barriers to access to copyrighted works for over 285 million blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled people around the world; accordingly, it differs from all other intellectual property agreements as a humanitarian endeavor. But the ViP treaty also suggests an explicit reshaping of the structural role of the state in relation to the public welfare objectives of national intellectual property policies. this lecture will highlight the political economy of the negotiating process, and the various justifications that shaped the final provisions of the ViP treaty. the lecture will also explore future prospects for achieving socially-responsible intellectual property outcomes in the global regulatory framework for knowledge goods.