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My First Blog Post!

As an IUPUI librarian with the Center for Digital Scholarship, this is my first blog post. I come to IUPUI from Loyola University Chicago where I just earned a MA degree in Digital Humanities. My research interests include copyright and information policies, digital literacy, digital humanities, African American history and late 19th century American history.  I am really excited to get to know IUPUI and take full advantage all that Indianapolis has to offer!

Last updated by jdodell on 08/29/2014

Upcoming Data Visualization Workshop

On Tuesday, September 9th I will be teaching a workshop on data visualization for the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, “Introduction to Data Visualization I: Visualization with Gephi.” For the uninitiated, Gephi is an open-source network visualization program. The tool is ideal for networks of any size. It offers a vast array of network analysis and visualization options, including geospatial layouts for data, statistical measures for social network analysis, and dynamic network visualization. Gephi handles a variety of data formats and allows the construction of datasets within the tool itself, perfect for those working with smaller amounts of data. Gephi runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Last updated by dapolley on 08/22/2014

An interesting case statement from the Research Data Alliance: the BioSharing Registry

A working group of the Research Data Alliance has proposed a case statement to develop the BioSharing Repository into a registry. Admittedly, I wasn't clear about the distinction until I read through the report a couple of times. Now that I have a better understanding of what the working group is trying to accomplish, I am eager to see how this plays out and if it can adapted in other fields. Personally, I can attest to how hard it is to find relevant standards and repositories for a particular research project. There are simply too many to know and no good way to find the ones that you or your colleagues don't know.

Last updated by hcoates on 08/22/2014

Greed, Fear & Snobbery: The STM Open Access Licenses

At the beginning of this month the International Association of Science, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) released a suite of model licenses "for a variety of uses within open access publishing." If that sounds like reinventing the widely used Creative Commons, don't be suckered; it's far worse. Rather than merely wasting our time and trying our patience with superfluous model licenses, STM is promoting licenses that decrease the "commons" and stifle "creative" opportunity. While STM insists that the model licenses will "be complementary to Creative Commons licenses," these "complements" are restrictive in nature. Furthermore, three of the five models are "Full" licenses; only two were written to supplement other licenses.

Last updated by jdodell on 08/16/2014

DPLA’S EMILY GORE AT ILF ANNUAL

Emily Gore of DPLA to present at ILF Annual in Indianapolis.

Emily Gore of DPLA will be participating in an Indiana Library Federation Annual Pre-Conference session, Monday November 17, 9 am-12 pm at Mariott East in Indianapolis. You need not be a member of ILF to attend and we hope to hear from lots of non-library affiliated participants.

The cost is $25 for ILF members and $37.50 for non-members.

To find out more read the Preliminary ILF Program

Register here.

Please share this opportunity widely!

Last updated by klpalmer on 08/15/2014

Flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry to become Open Access

Chemical Science, a journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), will become openly accessible to all beginning January 2015.  In addition, for two years the society will waive all articles processing charges (APCs) for authors.

Read more here

Last updated by esnajdr on 08/08/2014

Topic Modeling: Worth Learning as a Librarian?

Aside from preparing for the onslaught of instruction that will be fall semester, my time lately has been spent exploring topic modeling (I realize that I am somewhat late to the game on this, but it has been on my ‘to do’ list for a while now).  After installing MALLET, a java-based natural language processing package that facilitates topic modeling among other things, reading this helpful tutorial, and seeing evidence of topic modeling’s utility for analyzing large volumes of text, I am intrigued but also somewhat overwhelmed. The further I move away from introductory explanations of topic modeling, like David M.

Last updated by dapolley on 07/25/2014

Sex Sells, If You're Willing to Show A Lot of Skin

book coverTwo of IUPUI's savviest faculty authors, Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman, recently released their third book in a popular, myth-debunking consumer health series. The first two titles did well, but this one will be a big hit--sex sells:

Carroll, Aaron E., and Rachel C. Vreeman. Don't Put That in There!: And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.

Last updated by jdodell on 07/18/2014

Crowdsourcing Science

Radiolab is one of my favorite podcasts.  I save them up for long runs.  Jad and Robert’s science-y musings make 10 miles pass in the blink of an eye (well, an hour and half blink-but still).  Typically rooted in the natural (hard) sciences of biology, anatomy, physiology, physics, and astronomy, they also dip into social science often as they relate to their harder friends.  While the show hasn’t yet devoted an entire episode to scholarly communication (insert plug for such show here), many Radiolabs make me think about the state and future of scholarly communication. 

Last updated by klpalmer on 07/15/2014

Research data can be reused in unexpected ways

In addition to his many famous writings, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) took careful notes about the natural world around him.  For example, on his daily walks he recorded the exact date when wildflowers of various species bloomed each spring.  Today, biologists are using his notes to investigate long-term changes in the biology of Walden Woods.  For example, in 2008 Biologists at Harvard University published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about how climate change is impacting the forest where Thoreau lived.  Last year a team of researchers from Boston University published an article in PLoS ONE  which focused on how climate change has caused record-breaking early blooming dates of spring wildflowers.

Last updated by esnajdr on 07/11/2014