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Emerging as a two-year pilot project in 2007/8 under the auspices of the University of British Columbia’s Library, cIRcle began and remains the University’s digital repository for scholarly research and teaching materials created by the UBC community, its partners and affiliates.

 

Ranking highly among its North American peers and nabbing 1st, 2nd and 3rd places over the years, cIRcle was bestowed with such honours by the Ranking Web of Repositories (an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab) under the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) – the largest public research body in Spain.

 

Travelling back in time to 2013, catch some memorable comments about cIRcle by two UBC professors, Dirk van Zyl from the Department of Mining Engineering and Dwayne Tannant from the School of Engineering plus those from past GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award winners – Sam Bailey, Shona Robinson and Christian Brady.

 

Now fast-forward to 2014 to check out some cIRcle highlights about finding ‘a permanent home’ for the “Intellectual Muscle – The Talks” project sponsored by VANOC, UBC Continuing Studies and The Globe and Mail; archiving a case study funded by SSHRC that captures Vancouver’s 1914 history of cinemagoing and compares it with Winnipeg-Seattle and with Toronto-Montreal; and, preserving the Rheumatology Newsletters’ collection which features the “outreach pediatric services offered via traveling clinics throughout BC“ (two of the clinics founded by UBC graduates of the pediatric rheumatology training program – Dr. K. Gross in Penticton and Dr. R. Bolaria in Victoria).

 

Journeying on through to 2015, cIRcle received a DSpace software upgrade (from version 3.1 to 5.1); started ingesting the BioMedical Central (BMC) Reviewed UBC Faculty journal articles via the SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) protocol; welcomed and added several conference proceedings, webcasts and speaker slide presentations from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering’s 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference (ISCS15), the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum 2015 (which made its historical debut in Canada that year), Open UBC 2015, The Seventh International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EEDS15) and the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP12) and more.

 

Moving along to 2016, cIRcle welcomed new 2015/16 papers and presentations from the British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposia as well as the Investigating Our Practices and Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) conferences. Examples of the UBC community, its partners and affiliates who contributed new items to cIRcle that year included various UBC departments, institutes and schools – Educational Studies (EDST), Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, History, Nursing, Social Work, Audiology and Speech Sciences, Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Civil Engineering, Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP), and the UBC Library. And last (but not least), the first undergraduate, peer- and faculty-reviewed sociology publication in North America, Sojourners, was welcomed in cIRcle!

 

Advancing on through to 2017, cIRcle was thrilled to archive the first round of UBC President Ono’s speeches and writings in 2017; a growth in items found in the UBC Faculty Research and Publications collection shows that it grew from 3,600 items in total for 2017 to 5,704 items in total as of today for 2019!

 

Traversing over into 2017-2018, cIRcle achieved another milestone of containing more than 60,000 items in the repository and saw an increase of its annual growth rate up from 8% in previous years to 10%. In 2018, an historical UBC milestone was attained when UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Santa Ono, delivered a Statement of Apology on behalf of UBC concerning its role in the residential school system. Hundreds attended the live event that was held and recorded on April 9, 2018 at the long-awaited opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC).

 

Without cIRcle missing a beat in 2018-2019, some new and ongoing cIRcle partnerships included the Database of Religious History entries, Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) Working Papers, audio and video recordings of the Vancouver Institute Lectures, a mix of textual and other media content of the From the Ground Up: Buddhism & East Asian Religions, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Graduating Projects, and the UBC Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies’ Ziegler Series of video lecture recordings, to name just a few.

 

Today, it is a great pleasure to see that there are more than 69,700 items in cIRcle (and counting!). So, during this hectic time of year, take some time to sit and relax with a treasure trove of scholarly research and teaching materials on offer from cIRcle, UBC’s digital open access repository!

 

Featured cIRcle Projects:

Database of Religious History (DRH)

From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions (FROGBEAR) Project

Making Research Accessible Initiative (MRAi)

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS)

Portage White Papers

Punjabi Oral History Project

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Graduating Projects

SEEDS Sustainability Program Reports

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) Working Papers)

World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) 2018

Read about the cIRcle Projects for more details

 

Browse cIRcle in the Library’s Open Collections portal

UBC Theses and Dissertations

Conferences & Events

Faculty Research and Publications

Graduate Research

Undergraduate Research

UBC Community and Partners

 

 

 

 

Did you know that, in 1998, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) was founded by John Willinsky in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC)? Its aim was and still is today to “improv[e] the scholarly and public quality of research”.

UBC “support[s] scholarly pursuits that contribute to knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines and seek[s] every opportunity to share them broadly” as outlined in the From UBC’s Place and Promise Strategic Plan and echoed in the Library’s Strategic Framework. Discover why PKP is a critical platform in open scholarly communications infrastructure via Digital Programs and Services at UBC Library.

 

Read the Library’s full PKP blog post

 

Explore Open Journals Systems (OJS)

 

Find out more about Open UBC

 

 

 

 

Introduced as a new service to help UBC Vancouver faculty meet Canadian copyright law and Fair Dealing Requirements, the syllabus service provides them with the ability to upload their course readings/syllabi directly into the Library Online Course Reserves system (LOCR), part of the Canvas Learning Management Platform at UBC. It ensures that course materials uphold Canadian copyright law and UBC license agreements and policies.

Copyright infringement, through the distribution of published works to students, unfortunately exposes the University and its faculty to legal jeopardy thus the Library is making copyright compliance as feasible and streamlined as possible for UBC faculty and students.

“We continue to take every possible step to support faculty in their teaching efforts, and ensure they remain knowledgeable and compliant with Canadian copyright law,” says Allan Bell, Associate University Librarian, Digital Programs and Services.

 

Read the full Library announcement

 

Explore Copyright Requirements for UBC Faculty and Staff

 

Discover Mediated Course Reserves at UBCO

 

Learn more about Scholarly Communications @ UBC

 

 

 

 

 

News Release from Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL): 

 

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) endorses open education in view of the clear social and economic benefits it brings to the higher education sector and to society. CARL believes that the mission of universities is to create and disseminate knowledge, and that an open scholarship system that is accessible to all readers offers the surest path towards positively impacting human life on all parts of the globe. CARL further believes that opening all forms of scholarship to wide scrutiny enhances quality, increases accountability and promotes collaboration – thus leading to higher visibility and impact. Open education practices align well with these principles, as they reduce barriers to education, leverage technology to improve teaching and learning, and can result in high quality learning experiences.

 

But open education also relies heavily on the participation of a variety of important players, including instructional designers, web developers, graphic designers, librarians, and other professionals within libraries and teaching and learning centres.

 

Visit the CARL website for details

 

Discover the UBC Vancouver OER Fund

 

Learn about Open Access at UBC

 

Explore Open Scholarship at UBC

 

 

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL

Open Access

We Support the UNESCO Recommendation on OER

The role of preprints in research dissemination

A young researcher’s guide to open access publishing

 

Open Access Week 2019

Plan S compliance for Open Access Journals – what we know so far and where we think we’re heading

NOTE: See also Recordings: LINK and Slides: PDF on SlideShare

“Flipping” to (more) open when you’re already open

Preprints and the long and winding road to Open Access

Open and Engaged: Open Access Week at the British Library

Taking the Long View of Open Access

 

Open Data

The State of Open Data Report 2019

 

Open Education

For the Edtech Innovation Today’s Learners Need, Look Not to Companies, But to Campuses

Reaping the benefits of Open Data in public health

 

NATIONAL

SPARC Landscape Analysis

Canadian Science Publishing – Open A Conversation Q&A series for Open Access Week with Dr. Alana Westwood

JHU Press celebrates International Open Access Week by publishing 100 OA books

Call for Submissions: Innovations in Open

 

LOCAL

Open Access Week at UBC

Ongoing Adoption – Estimating, Calculating, and Tracking

BCcampus heads to #OpenEd19

AMS Open Champions Celebration

2019 OER Faculty Panel Roundup

Open, Equitable, Affordable, and Transparent: Progress on the Road to True Open Access: A Talk by Ginny Steel

Can we Decolonize Open? An Open Access Week Event presented by Langara, Kwantlen, BCIT, SFU, and UBC

 

 

 

 

An exciting new fund has arrived just in time for the kick-off of the 2019 fall semester at the University of British Columbia – it’s called the “UBC Scholarly Publication Fund”.

 

This new fund, provided by the University’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) and administered by the UBC Library, will soon “assist UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan faculty members [alike] with the costs of scholarly publication”.

 

It will help offset some scholarly publishing costs imposed by publishers and academic presses nowadays. While most researchers, especially early career faculty in the humanities and social sciences, aim to make their scholarly works as openly accessible and/or with as little publishing cost(s) as possible, they face added fees for enhanced images, tables, figures, copyrighted materials, or special production elements.

 

Read more about this fund (such as policies, deadlines and more) by visiting the Scholarly Communications @ UBC site

 

Explore more areas of interest:

 

Author Rights & Publisher Agreements

 

Open Access publisher discounts via UBC Library

 

Publishing Services (including UBC publications and conferences) offered at UBC

 

 

 

It is a pleasure to announce the release of cIRcle, UBC’s Research Repository Impact and Activity Report for 2018-2019!

 

In 2018-2019, cIRcle continued its focus on increasing faculty content with over 1,000 new items added – that’s a 9.6% increase from last year.

 

Examples of some new and ongoing cIRcle partnerships include the following: Database of Religious History (DRH) entries, Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) Working Papers, audio and video recordings of the Vancouver Institute Lectures, a mix of textual and other media content of the From the Ground Up: Buddhism & East Asian Religions, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Graduating Projects, and the UBC Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies’ Ziegler Series of video lecture recordings.

 

Another cIRcle highlight is the newly automated ingest stream of faculty content published by Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) via the SWORD (Simple Web-Service Offering Repository Deposit) protocol as well as cIRcle’s collaborative work in enhancing metadata and digital preservation with Artefactual and Atmire.

 

Discover UBC research in cIRcle – from preprints and postprints of journal articles to conference proceedings to departmental publications and technical reports to lecture/course notes, and much more.

 

Learn more about cIRcle

 

 

 

 

News Release from CANARIE: 

 

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital research infrastructure ecosystem supporting research, education and innovation, today announced $2M in funding to support the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) Portage Network. CARL Portage is a national, library-based research data management (RDM) network that fosters initiatives to build capacity and to coordinate activities in research data management.

The ability to manage and reuse research data helps accelerate discovery, allows for reproducibility of scientific results, and maximizes return on investment of research funding. Research data management best practices help ensure the accessibility and protection of data during the research lifecycle and beyond, and help meet growing requirements of research ethics and reproducibility, along with evolving funder policies. This funding broadens the functionality of current Portage services and tools and adds capacity to national RDM resources.

 

Read the full press release

 

Quick facts about CANAIRE:

 

  • 31,000 – Length in KM of CANARIE’s coast-to-coast ultra-high-speed research and education network
  • Nearly 170 – higher education institutions currently participating in the Canadian Access Federation (CAF)
  • 46 – percent by which traffic on the CANARIE network has been growing over the past ten years

 

About Research Data Management (RDM) at UBC

 

Explore RDM tems in Open Collections

 

Want to make your UBC research openly accessible? Visit cIRcle

 

 

 

The 17th World Sanskrit Conference logo

The 17th World Sanskrit Conference logo

 

 

 

Convened under the auspices of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies, the triennial World Sanskrit Conference is the premier international forum for professional researchers and educators of the Sanskrit language and its literatures, and of the history, religion, and cultures of pre-modern South Asia.

 

Attracting 600+ delegates from across the globe, the 17th WSC was held in Vancouver, Canada from July 9-13, 2018 and was the first time that this prestigious event was held in Canada.

 

Within cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository, this online collection houses the Proceedings of the 17th WSC including selected full-length papers from the 500 presentations approved for inclusion in the conference programme by the WSC2018 Academic Advisory Board. The papers within certain Sections were subject to formal peer review. Note: Papers will continue to be released on a rolling basis.

 

cIRcle is thrilled to have made these 17th WSC proceedings openly accessible via the Library’s Open Collections digital collection portal and looks forward to preserving them over the long-term for scholarly researchers and beyond for many years to come.

 

Browse the WSC2018 collection

 

Visit the WSC2018 website

 

Learn more about cIRcle

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

News Release from Research Data Alliance (RDA): 

 

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) are pleased to announce an agreement to work together to strengthen and expand capacities for research data management within the international data repository community.

COAR and RDA have a shared mission to improve access and use of research outputs, leading to better research and new discoveries. As part of this agreement, the organizations intend to coordinate more closely on strategic initiatives of shared interest, regularly exchange information about activities, and conduct joint webinars and events to support common aims.

 

Read the full press release

 

About Research Data Management (RDM) at UBC

 

Explore RDM items in Open Collections

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible via cIRcle

 

 

 

 

 

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