Hopkins OSPO Featured on ‘Impactful Open Source’ Podcast – The Sheridan Libraries & University Museums Blog

“Sheridan Libraries associate dean for research management Sayeed Choudhury, the Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center, was interviewed for Impactful Open Source, a podcast by open source advocate Richard Littauer that shares stories of open source that moved beyond the code through universities, cities, governments, and the world to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Choudhury discusses the Johns Hopkins Open Source Program Office (OSPO) that the Sheridan Libraries launched last year—the first academic OSPO in the US—and its great potential as an alternative pathway for internal and external collaborations. He also discusses the OSPO’s collaboration with the St. Francis Neighborhood Center in West Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins COVID map, and the university’s new Institute for Applied Open Source….”

Associate Director, Content and Discovery

“The Associate Director, Content and Discovery is a member of the Library’s senior management team. This position provides stewardship of the Welch Medical Library’s collections through creative leadership and manages the evolving environment of scholarly communication, open access, and open science. This position oversees metadata creation and remediation, ontologies, schemas, and standards. This position directs the Collection and User Services departments including Acquisitions, Cataloging, Collection Development, ILL/Document Delivery, and Access Services. As a member of the Library’s senior management team, the Associate Director shares responsibility for determining the future course of the Welch Library, including both strategic and operational planning. This position reports to the Director of the Library.”

Making it easier to be open: Johns Hopkins engineers innovative platform for repositories – SPARC

“Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management and the Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at Johns Hopkins University, applied his engineering expertise to transform the campus library system’s infrastructure and technology capabilities. Most recently, he led a team that built the “Public Access Submission System” (PASS), a platform to help researchers comply with the access policies of their funders and institutions. After the 2013 White House policy requiring public access was passed, SPARC encouraged developers to create a “unified deposit portal” for manuscript deposit.

Choudhury took on the challenge to develop open source software to do just that. His goal: To embed the process of sharing research outputs into researchers’ existing workflows, and rebalance the relationship between authors, libraries and publishers. Now, with a grant from the National Science Foundation to generalize deposit into multiple federal repositories through third party applications, PASS holds promise for institutions and individuals to disseminate their scientific advances with ease….

The PASS platform is a unified approach for compliance that allows researchers to fulfill the requirements of access policies of their institutions and funders through a single website.  It provides interfaces (APIs, SWORD, email-driven-workflows) for researchers, institutional administrators and agencies to access, collaborate on, submit, be notified about, and perhaps format accepted manuscripts and metadata. Researchers can also deposit manuscripts and metadata in the repositories required or requested by the author….

Development of the platform was funded initially with money from the Office of the President at Hopkins, after the campus approved an open access policy in July of 2018.  And in October, NSF provided further support with a one-year, $250,000 grant for the expansion of PASS in partnership with Arizona State University, California Digital Libraries, Duke University, Harvard University, Michigan University, and Notre Dame….”

Workshop on Reproducible Research Practices and the Open Science Framework | Data Management Services

“Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science and JHU Data Management Services, to learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work.

The workshop will be hands-on. (Please bring a laptop if possible.) Using an example study, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish.

Topics covered include:

  • Project documentation
  • Version control
  • Pre-analysis plans
  • Open source tools: in this specific instance, the Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in one easily accessible space”

DuraSpace | Open technologies for durable digital content

“The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University were awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant for Libraries earlier this year. The aim of the funding is to to assist work on the API Extensions framework for Fedora 4 platform that will facilitate the exposure of repository contents as linked data web resources.”