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

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.

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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