Writing your thesis for UBC graduation? Prepping for UBC 3MT 2018?

 

Working on a slide presentation for a spring/summer conference or other event?

 

Interested in open access? Curious about scholarly publishing? Confused about copyright, author rights and more?

 

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions listed above, this free UBC graduate workshop is for you!

 

Showcasing your Graduate Research

in UBC’s Open Access Digital Repository:

Help with Copyright and More (Graduate Pathways to Success)

 

presented by the cIRcle Office and Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services

 

Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Location: Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road

 

Participants will learn to:

 

  • Describe and format their work for deposit in cIRcle, UBC’s open access digital repository
  • See how to apply Creative Commons Licenses to their work
  • Create presentations with good Copyright practices
  • Consult one-on-one with a member of Copyright Services at UBC

 

Register here

 

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

 

Writing your thesis for UBC graduation? Prepping for UBC 3MT 2018?

 

Working on a slide presentation for a spring/summer conference or other event?

 

Interested in open access? Curious about scholarly publishing? Confused about copyright, author rights and more?

 

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions listed above, this free UBC graduate workshop is for you!

 

Showcasing your Graduate Research

in UBC’s Open Access Digital Repository:

Help with Copyright and More (Graduate Pathways to Success)

 

presented by the cIRcle Office and Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services

 

Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Location: Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road

 

Participants will learn to:

 

  • Describe and format their work for deposit in cIRcle, UBC’s open access digital repository
  • See how to apply Creative Commons Licenses to their work
  • Create presentations with good Copyright practices
  • Consult one-on-one with a member of Copyright Services at UBC

 

Register here

 

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

 

News Release from BCcampus:

 

BCcampus is a Canadian government agency that works with post-secondary institutions to help adapt teaching and learning practices to best serve students.

 

In 2012, it launched the BC Open Textbook Project and has since become a recognized world leader in open education. BCcampus embraced the concept that access to freely available content, information, and data is essential to students and instructors.

 

For its dedication to the Open agenda, collaborative practices, and willingness to share what works to make education more accessible, SPARC is honouring BCcampus with its January 2018 Innovator Award.

 

Read the full SPARC Innovator profile here

 

Read the full BCcampus press release here

 

 

 

Explore Open UBC here

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy: Pixabay

 

Is it that time already? What happened to last week? Last month? This past year? Where does the time go nowadays?

Time is a precious commodity. Many folks are in the throes of planning, organizing and setting goals for 2018 or wrapping up as many activities and projects as possible before the end of 2017.

After achieving a particular goal though, it is hard for one to deny that good feeling of accomplishment. For some, it may even warrant some kind of reward – either big or small.

Speaking of time and accomplishment, cIRcle is excited to share some indelible highlights of UBC scholarly research materials archived during 2017. It’s now time to take a well-deserved break!

 

Year in Review – A look back at cIRcle in 2017:

 

UBC President’s Speeches and Writings

cIRcle was thrilled to archive the first round of UBC President Ono’s speeches and writings in 2017. Just in case you missed it, you can read the Library announcement here.

Future speeches and writings are set to arrive on a quarterly basis starting in 2018.

 

UBC Faculty Research and Publications

Two video presentations (courtesy of the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies) were recently added to the growing collection of 3,600 plus items:

Being a man today http://hdl.handle.net/2429/63679

Water: The life of a community http://hdl.handle.net/2429/63678

 

Missed our “In the Spotlight: UBC Faculty Research Collection” blog post? Read it here

 

UBC Community, Partners, and Alumni Publications

For ethnomusicologists and anyone curious about music and its social activity, watch “An Audience of One: The Private Music of the Chinese Literati

In 1926, the blind singer, Dou Wun, arrived in Hong Kong from Guangzhou at the age of sixteen. Watch “Hong Kong’s Folk Music and Local Culture: The Art of a Cantonese Blind Singer

Read a book chapter by Shirley Lew entitled, Creating a path to feminist leadership

Learn about the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution (APDR) Project and view/download the first batch of items

Step back in time again to explore “Spectacular Opera Across Borders: Cantonese Opera Theaters in North America During the 1920s

Read a memoir entitled, “Labor of Love: A Memoir of Gertrude Richards Ladner 1879 to 1976”, about early BC nursing practice, the science of nursing as well as attire and living conditions.

 

UBC Lectures, Seminars, and Symposia

Starting in 2017, the “Grand Rounds” from the UBC School of Population and Public Health monthly seminar series arrived in cIRcle with more of them coming in 2018:

 

Can I borrow a microbiome?: Life-saving poop and the ethics of microbiome therapies http://hdl.handle.net/2429/63854

Is there a need for medically-prescribed heroin in the addiction treatment system? http://hdl.handle.net/2429/61814

More than just numbers: hearing from the real experts in the opioid crisis http://hdl.handle.net/2429/60936

Tackling Poverty and Socioeconomic Inequities http://hdl.handle.net/2429/60557

 

The first and second of the Ziegler lecture series from the UBC Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies’ (courtesy of St. John’s College) also arrived in 2017.

 

How can you add your faculty research and more to cIRcle? Find out here

 

UBC Library and Archives

Since the next Science Literacy Week is a while away, you can listen to the 2017 round of Frequencies podcasts (courtesy of the UBC Okanagan Library) that was part of this year’s Science Literary Week. This particular series is one that “explores the connections between science and society: the implications of scientific research on our culture, how scientists communicate their ideas, and how our society responds”.

This collection has 674 items so far which includes datasets, interactive resources, moving images, sound, still images and text files.

 

Browse the newest additions received in 2017

  

The Banff International Research Station (BIRS)

A joint Canada-US-Mexico initiative that seeks to bring together people from a wide range of mathematical, scientific and industry backgrounds and to create a forum for the exchange of knowledge and methods between these specialists. The BIRS Workshop Lecture Videos are primary research data in the disciplines of mathematics, statistics and theoretical computer science.

With over 5,260 items to date, the Top Country Views & Downloads were from China, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Republic of Korea, Italy, Russia, Japan, and Germany.

 

View the wide selection of previous and current videos and upcoming ones happening in 2018.

  

Vancouver Institute Lectures (VILs)

Established in 1916, the Vancouver Institute (VI) sponsors lectures of general public interest. It started recording the lectures in the form of audio and video tapes back in 1975 and were preserved with help by University Archives. Take a walk down memory lane to learn about the history of the Vancouver Institute via Eric Damer’s 1995 MA thesis entitled, Town and gown: the early history of the Vancouver Institute.

 

Watch recently added VILs here

 

 Graduate Research

This cIRcle collection showcases and preserves exemplary UBC graduate student research. All graduate student submissions have been reviewed and approved by a course instructor or research adviser. Browse the entire collection

 

What types of graduate research work can be added to cIRcle? Find out here

 

Undergraduate Research

This cIRcle collection aims to showcase and preserve UBC’s exemplary undergraduate research across all disciplines. All undergraduate student submissions have been reviewed and approved by a course instructor or research adviser. Explore this expanding collection

 

Who can add exemplary undergraduate work to cIRcle? Learn more

 

 

 

Above image is courtesy of Pixabay

 

In musical practice, there is an assortment of musical elements at “play”.

 

Just think. Real-time creative decision-making. Risk-taking. Collaboration.

 

So what happens when they all “play” together?

 

Improvisation! That is, musical improvisation.

 

“I’ll play it first and tell you what it’s called later.” – Miles Davis

 

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) is known as “a central source for the collection and dissemination of research on the social implications of improvisational practices”.

 

Founded as a partnered research institute from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) project, “Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice” (ICASP), IICSI has its own research team. It consists of 58 scholars, students, creative practitioners, and community partners representing 20 different academic institutions including the University of British Columbia (UBC) and over 30 community-based organizations.

 

Together, they are “creating a vibrant intellectual hub and a focal point for leading-edge research and critical inquiry in the field of improvisation studies”. Through this network comes the following benefits such as ‘new technologies and models for practice-based research, knowledge transfers, new research, student training, and development of policies, instruments, and technologies’ to list just a few.

 

IICSI has three main strategic research priorities: 1) Improvisation as Practice-Based Research, 2) Improvisation, Community Health, and Social Responsibility, and 3) Improvisation, Intermediality, and Experimental Technologies.

 

Below is a quick soupçon of the IICSI sample research-intensive questions under current exploration:

 

Sample Research Questions re: 1)

How do arts-based improvisatory practices themselves suggest new models of knowledge transfer?

How might these practices help us measure the impact of our research activities, and how might they enable a broader range of stakeholders to engage with these activities?

 

Sample Research Questions re: 2)

How do improvisational arts-based practices contribute to the development and flourishing of healthy communities?

How (and to what extent) do these practices help communities (particularly at-risk and aggrieved populations) produce new understandings of identity, history, memory, and the body?

 

Sample Research Questions re: 3)

How can new technologies help facilitate the ability of communities to improvise across time, space, and ability limitations?

How might intermedial co-creation develop new opportunities for mobilizing knowledge?

 

With more research questions arising faster than they can be probed, it is good to know that IICSI has created an online research library housing a range of items such as films, articles, think pieces, and interviews.

 

At UBC, cIRcle is not only helping to disseminate IICSI research and make it openly accessible, it is also archiving and preserving this unique musical form of scholarly research for future scholars, practitioners and the general public.

 

Explore the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) Colloquium cIRcle collection via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal and stay tuned for more!

 

Are you a UBC researcher? Click here to add your research to cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository

 

 

Above image is courtesy of Pixabay

 

At the University of British Columbia (UBC), the ‘highest calibre [of] research faculty and students’ create, innovate and inspire while they work and study at its two campuses located in Vancouver and in the Okanagan Valley. According to UBC 2016/17 figures, it ‘secures approximately $600 million in research funding each year with 199 companies spun off from UBC research; 1,326 research projects with industry partners; and 1,172 research contracts and agreements with government and non-profits’.

 

If you are looking for an openly accessible collection of such published and unpublished scholarly research by the UBC faculty community and its partners, take a moment to learn more about this notable one.

 

The UBC Faculty of Research and Publications collection in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository showcases all types of content ranging from grant-funded research datasets to text files of preprint and postprint articles, case studies, technical reports, working papers, book reviews, conference proceedings and summaries to audio and video recording files to historical photographs of people, places, and objects.

 

With 3,521 items now and counting, the oldest item found in this collection was published back in 1929. More recently, one of the newest items found in cIRcle was a journal article published just this year by UBC authors from these interdisciplinary areas: Faculty of Arts, Library, Faculty of Medicine, School of Journalism and the School of Population and Public Health.

 

This collection covers a broad range of both historical and current thematic subjects such as air pollution, Canada, community environmental health, forest productivity, genocide, health human resources, HIV, homelessness, medical technology, monuments and memorials, prisoners, war, workplace health, and much more. So far, the latest top country views and downloads originate from the United States, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Republic of Korea, Australia, India, and the Netherlands.

 

Part of this unique collection is the Adam Jones Global Photo Archive created by UBC Okanagan professor Adam Jones, head of International Relations at UBC’s Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. He is known as a “[g]lobetrotter, acclaimed author, and genocide expert” who has visited more than 103 countries to date.

 

One newly added item garnering media attention this month is a report written by UBC professor and Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention, Dr. Carolyn Gotay et al. She provides an update on the activities of the Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic in British Columbia. So far, it has received 1,369 views from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Iran, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Japan.

 

Another part of this growing collection includes the Making Research Accessible Initiative (MRAi). Also known as the UBC Learning Exchange, MRAi is a community engagement initiative based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Did you know that the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is a funding partner and contributor of MRAi? With new items added nearly everyday, there are currently over 150 faculty research articles and other community-sourced historical materials from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside which are now openly accessible in cIRcle via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal.

 

 

Are you a UBC researcher? Click here to add your research to cIRcle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above image is courtesy of SPARC

 

In the News: UBC and Abroad

 

 

BCcampus, BCIT, SFU, UBC CTLT and UBC Library celebrate International Open Access Week 2017

A BC collaborative event, in celebration of this global movement now in its 10th year, will be happening at BCIT’s downtown campus location tonight.

 

The event theme, Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship: A Conversation: 2017-10-26, will address not only the “benefits and opportunities of open access but also a recognition that openness can sometimes create unintended consequences for individuals and communities”.

 

Learn more

 

Explore Open Access Week at UBC

 

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Building a Sustainable Knowledge Commons – COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories)

COAR just released an animated infographic highlighting the five prerequisites for a sustainable knowledge commons

 

About COAR

An international association comprised of 100+ global members and partners (representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and others) aims to build a sustainable, global knowledge commons based on a network of open access digital repositories.

 

Download the PDF

 

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Examples of open access in action

 

What concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available?

 

Check out SPARC’s new site highlighting 16 examples of the concrete benefits of making research open.

 

Learn more

 

About SPARC

A global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education.

 

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Open access: six myths to put to rest

What are the six most common misconceptions about open access?

Test your knowledge courtesy of Peter Suber (Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and author of Open Access (MIT Press, 2012).

 

Myths:

  • The only way to provide open access to peer-reviewed journal articles is to publish in open access journals
  • All or most open access journals charge publication fees
  • Most author-side fees are paid by the authors themselves
  • Publishing in a conventional journal closes the door on making the same work open access
  • Open access journals are intrinsically low in quality
  • Open access mandates infringe academic freedom

 

Uncover the facts here

 

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Open Access at the Natural History Museum, London

In 2017, the Natural History Museum in London signed the International Open Data Accord (joining the growing number of museums) in publishing their collection databases and digital reproductions online. This undertaking is “part of its five-year plan to build a Museum for the future” by combining the expertise and skills from museum scientists, librarians, and archivists to create and digitize electronic records, making them openly accessible to all. So far, there are 3.8 million specimens already digitized and accessible via the Museum’s Data Portal comprised of the Museum’s research and collections data.

 

Learn more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marking its tenth anniversary this October, the International Open Access Week: October 23-29, 2017 is a large scale, global event. It is where open access advocates, supporters and participants share their knowledge and experiences about the benefits of Open Access. This event serves to “inspire wider adoption and participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research”.

 

Starting in 2007 as an Open Access Day event dubbed as “a partnership between SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and students who organized local events on a handful of campuses across the United States”, it is now a worldwide event where anyone interested in furthering the dissemination of openly accessible scholarly research can partake.

 

The collaborative International Open Access Week 2017 event by UBC Library, UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) libraries, and BC Campus will take place as follows:

 

DATE:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

PRE-EVENT:

5:00-6:00pm (arrivals and appetizers)

 

EVENT SESSION:

6:00-8:00pm (including coffee and dessert)

 

LOCATION:

BCIT’s downtown campus

 

The event theme, Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship: A Conversation: 2017-10-26, will address not only the “benefits and opportunities of open access but also a recognition that openness can sometimes create unintended consequences for individuals and communities”.

 

Register here and join BC’s open scholarship conversation in celebration of International Open Access Week 2017!

 

 

 

 

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