“In this paper, we will not attempt to catalog the entirety of the open science movement (see recommended resources below for more information), but will instead highlight why adopting open science practices may be particularly beneficial to conducting and publishing research with undergraduates. The first author is a faculty member at Carleton College (a small, undergraduate-only liberal arts college) and the second is a former undergraduate research assistant (URA) and lab manager in Dr. Strand’s lab, now pursuing a PhD at Washington University in St. Louis. We argue that open science practices have tremendous benefits for undergraduate students, both in creating publishable results and in preparing students to be critical consumers of science….”
“While our system is dandy for finding things we’re not allowed to share, it’s not always great at discovering open access materials. Quite often, an open access publication listed in a database or a book in the catalog will fail to link to the item, and that confuses students. The behind-the-scenes work that has to go into making things connect from one database to another or from a catalog to an electronic source is complex, and it may seem silly to worry about cataloging something that can be found with a Google search – but if our shared catalogs lead to things we can’t borrow but fail to find open access books, we’re really dropping the ball….”
“We are really pleased to announce that in Summer 2017 the OLH will be publishing the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ). Formerly an annual conference proceedings volume published primarily by Oxbow Books (a leading publisher within the fields of archaeology and ancient history), the journal developed out of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC), which has been running annually since 1991. As part of this move, we will be making 22 years of the journal’s published catalogue openly available on the OLH platform.
TRAJ is an innovative journal that promotes the use of new theoretical approaches to the Roman past, facilitating fresh interpretations of datasets rather than solely the presentation of archaeological data (as commonly deployed in archaeology scholarship). The publication will build on this strong foundation to continue attracting submissions within the disciplines of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, as well as interdisciplinary work drawing on the Biological Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Having consistently published innovative and thought-provoking papers derived from annual conferences held across Europe and America since 1991, the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) has established a reputation as an unorthodox and radical event in the scholarly calendar, which has had a major impact on the theoretical landscape of Roman Archaeology.”
“Sharing open knowledge about Voltaire’s histories
To raise awareness of Voltaire as a historian, we used three tools:
- Histropedia: a free tool for creating engaging, interactive visualisations
- Wikidata: a free database and sister site of Wikipedia that drives Histropedia and other visualisations
- Wikipedia: the free multilingual encyclopedia.
As well as holding data about people, publications, and events, Wikidata acts as a cross-reference between the different language versions of Wikipedia, showing which concepts are represented in which languages. By querying Wikidata, we could count how many language versions of Wikipedia had an article on each work by Voltaire. This showed, as expected, a large imbalance: forty languages for Candide versus three for the Essai sur les mœurs, for example. The current number of articles for each work is shown by the size of the bubbles below.”
“The Oberlin Group of 80 liberal arts college libraries just endorsed the guide to good practices for university OA policies <http://bit.ly/goodoa> that I maintain with +Stuart Shieber. Thanks to all member institutions of the Oberlin Group!
This endorsement underscores a point already clear within the text of the guide. The practices we recommend in the guide apply just as much to colleges as universities. In the last section we list institutions that have already adopted this type of policy, and the list includes seven liberal arts colleges, of which six are members of the Oberlin Group….”
“We’re delighted to launch the Lever Initiative blog, through which we’ll keep you updated of our progress during the research phase of this exciting project.
You can find out more about the Lever Initiative in the ‘About’ section of this site. Please keep visiting our blog, as we’ll be providing regular updates and posting early findings from our research program here, which we hope you’ll contribute to.
Publishing is going through an exciting evolutionary process and we – the Liberal Arts Colleges community – have the opportunity to shape that future in the best interests of scholarship.
We look forward to receiving your comments and ideas to help test and enrich our early thinking, so that by the end of the year we will have a firm sense of where Liberal Arts Colleges should focus our efforts to encourage new and more open models of publishing.”