Data Activist in Residence

“The School of Data Science (SDS) at the University of Virginia invites applications from activists, journalists and artists for the inaugural 2020-21 Data-Activist-in-Residence position. These residencies will support 12 months stay in Charlottesville, VA to work on a project that uses data science in support of the public interest and/or explores the social impact and ethics of data science and artificial intelligence. The intent is to highlight talents, disciplines and approaches often excluded or ignored by the field of data science. Example outcomes of the Residency could be a public exhibit, performance, popular press articles, a book, formation of new communities, or other work as proposed by the applicant. Our ultimate goal is an increased awareness of the role of data in society.

 

The Data Activist in Residence will complete a data-oriented project as proposed in their application. This project must be publicly available in keeping with the SDS goal of Open Access. The selected applicant is expected to be an active participant in the SDS community, attending lectures, visiting classes, engaging with students, faculty, staff and the local community….”

Data Activist in Residence

“The School of Data Science (SDS) at the University of Virginia invites applications from activists, journalists and artists for the inaugural 2020-21 Data-Activist-in-Residence position. These residencies will support 12 months stay in Charlottesville, VA to work on a project that uses data science in support of the public interest and/or explores the social impact and ethics of data science and artificial intelligence. The intent is to highlight talents, disciplines and approaches often excluded or ignored by the field of data science. Example outcomes of the Residency could be a public exhibit, performance, popular press articles, a book, formation of new communities, or other work as proposed by the applicant. Our ultimate goal is an increased awareness of the role of data in society.

 

The Data Activist in Residence will complete a data-oriented project as proposed in their application. This project must be publicly available in keeping with the SDS goal of Open Access. The selected applicant is expected to be an active participant in the SDS community, attending lectures, visiting classes, engaging with students, faculty, staff and the local community….”

A Big Deal Update » Open@VT

“This Open@VT blogpost is part of an ongoing series on Virginia Tech’s pending negotiations with the scholarly publishing giant Elsevier. Virginia Tech is one of seven research universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that negotiates collectively with Elsevier and other large publishers to license access to thousands of scholarly journals through what are commonly called “big deals.” (The other schools are George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and College of William and Mary.) The current big deal agreement with Elsevier is set to expire at the end of 2021. As this deadline approaches, we are eager to engage the VT community in a conversation about the best path forward….”

A Big Deal Update » Open@VT

“This Open@VT blogpost is part of an ongoing series on Virginia Tech’s pending negotiations with the scholarly publishing giant Elsevier. Virginia Tech is one of seven research universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that negotiates collectively with Elsevier and other large publishers to license access to thousands of scholarly journals through what are commonly called “big deals.” (The other schools are George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and College of William and Mary.) The current big deal agreement with Elsevier is set to expire at the end of 2021. As this deadline approaches, we are eager to engage the VT community in a conversation about the best path forward….”

George Mason University | Open Educational Resources & Scholarly Communication Lead

“George Mason University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual to join a team of educators and service providers supporting George Mason faculty, researchers, students, and staff with needs related to Open Educational Resources (OER), Copyright, Fair Use, Open Licensing, and other scholarly communication matters….”

Statement from Deans and Directors of Virginia Research Libraries on the University of California System’s Termination of Contract with Elsevier | UVA Library News and Announcements

As Deans and Directors of Virginia research libraries, our core mission and our highest priority is to ensure that our research communities have access to a rich, diverse, and sustainable collection of information resources. Recently, our colleagues in the University of California system took an important stand in defense of that mission by refusing to renew their $50 million “Big Deal” contract with Elsevier, the world’s most profitable vendor of information products. We write to express our gratitude and our support for them and the brave step they have taken, the latest in a global trend of libraries rethinking their biggest expenditures….”

Beyond the Paywall: Examining Open Access and Data Sharing Practices Among Faculty at Virginia Tech Through the Lens of Social Exchange

“The movement towards open access has allowed academic researchers to communicate and share their scholarly content more widely by being freely available to Internet users. However, there are still issues of concern among faculty in regards to making their scholarly output open access. This study surveyed Virginia Tech faculty (N = 264) awareness and attitudes toward open access practices. In addition, faculty were asked to identify factors that inhibited or encouraged their participation in open access repositories. Findings indicate that while the majority of Virginia Tech faculty are seeking to publish in open access, many are unaware of the open access services provided by the university and even less are using the services available to them. Time, effort, and costs were identified as factors inhibiting open access and data sharing practices. Differences in awareness and attitudes towards open access were observed among faculty ranks and areas of research. Virginia Tech will need to increase faculty awareness of institutional open access repositories and maximize benefits over perceived costs if there is to be more faculty participation in open access practices.”

 

Virginia Tech researchers earn grant to study big data sharing and reuse | News | Virginia Tech

“Sharing, use, and reuse of data in a holistic manner across faculty, colleges, government, and industry is crucial for the community at large to be able to make sense of what is being gathered and to make good use of it as well,”

Community Manager, Center for Open Science

“Join a mission-driven, non-profit tech company that is promoting openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. The Center for Open Science (COS) will add a strategically-oriented community and partnerships manager. COS produces entirely free and open products and services with minimal branding to promote wide adoption and non-competition. This manager will facilitate the strategy, marketing, adoption, collaboration, and partnership growth around COS products and services – a sales team leader. The role is entirely mission-driven: How can COS best promote and support the adoption of scientific values in daily scientific practices? …”