It is a pleasure to announce the release of cIRcle, UBC’s Research Repository Impact and Activity Report for 2017-2018!

 

In 2017-2018, cIRcle reached another milestone of over 60,000 items and saw an increase of its annual growth rate from 8% in previous years to 10%.

 

This report highlights’ include a sampling of cIRcle’s new and ongoing partnerships, its growth and development along with a snapshot of its top content contributors.

 

Two spotlights of cIRcle projects and collections included in the report are the BioMed Central/SpringerOpen project and the noteworthy additions in the UBC President’s Speeches and Writing collection.

 

Explore UBC research in cIRcle, for example, the growing number of preprints and postprints of academic journal articles, conference proceedings, departmental publications, technical reports, course notes, and much more.

 

 

 

 


Knowledge Unlatched, a prominent publisher of Open Access monographs, recently announced the achievement of an important milestone – Over 950 open access titles from the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) have been accessed more than 1 million times by users worldwide in the past 8 months of this year alone. This achievement represents a significant increase in downloads over the previous year.

UBC Library is a proud supporter of Knowledge Unlatched, and, along with over 500 other libraries worldwide, helps make academic monographs openly accessible online, for free. This partnership demonstrates the Library’s commitment to open access and providing academic materials to as wide an audience as possible.

 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

 

In the News: Locally, Nationally, and Internationally

 

Knowledge Unlatched books now discoverable within PaperHive Search

http://knowledgeunlatched.org/2018/07/paperhive-collection/

 

Recent documents digitized through the DigiLab at Library and Archives Canada

https://thediscoverblog.com/2018/07/19/recent-documents-digitized-through-the-digilab-2/

 

Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) takes a stand against language-based pricing

https://www.crkn-rcdr.ca/index.php/en/crkn-stands-against-language-based-pricing-recent-negotiation

 

A visit to the CBC archives, on the eve of destruction

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/article-15-million-digitization-project-for-cbc-archives-upsets-some-critics/

 

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) releases full conference program

https://oaspa.org/full-program-announced-for-the-10th-conference-on-open-access-scholarly-publishing-17-19th-september-2018/

 

Libraries are about much more than books – and they always have been

http://www.ilovelibraries.org/article/libraries-are-about-much-more-books-%E2%80%93-and-they-always-have-been

 

Starting an Open Science Community at your university? Check out this guide

https://docs.google.com/document/d/112B-OCArTI-zdDZ6S67BPVHSn6gPL9GgmluoQ35zG40/edit

 

Sloan Foundation funds Frictionless Data for reproducible research

http://blog.okfn.org/2018/07/12/sloan-foundation-funds-frictionless-data-for-reproducible-research/

 

 

Sandboxing and Researching with BCcampus plus 20 years of Edtech

 

Automating accessibility: A BCcampus sandbox pilot project

https://bccampus.ca/2018/06/26/automating-accessibility-a-bccampus-sandbox-pilot-project/

 

Want to be a BCcampus Researcher, Open Practices? Apply now

https://bccampus.ca/careers/researcher-open-practices/

 

Twenty years of Edtech

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/7/twenty-years-of-edtech

 

 

UBC Wiki, Wikimedia, and Wikidata

 

UBC Wiki was upgraded on 16 July 2018 and made it easier for users to search Wikimedia Commons

https://wiki.ubc.ca/UBC_Wiki:UBC_Wiki_Upgrade

 

Wikimedia Foundation and Kiwix Partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/07/18/wikimedia-foundation-and-kiwix-partner-to-grow-offline-access-to-wikipedia/

 

Wikidata has now indexed over 70 Million Citations

https://tools.wmflabs.org/scholia/

 

 

Open in… Incentives, Promotion, and Tenure

 

University of British Columbia is recognizing “Open” when in comes to promotion and tenure

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/7/university-of-british-columbia-recognizing-open-in-promotion-and-tenure

 

SPARC Europe embarks on new research project around funders and “Open” incentives and reward systems

https://sparceurope.org/sparc-europe-embarks-on-new-research-project-around-funders-and-open-incentives-and-reward-systems/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, UBC Library joined its partners (SFU, BCIT, KPU and Douglas College) in organizing a series of free events for Science Literacy Week and created a Library Guide to Science Literacy Week too. In previous years, UBC Library celebrated Science Literacy Week along with 140+ organizations across Canada and hosted a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, a Science Expo, and a Living Library of graduate students who could be “borrowed” like books to talk about their inspiring research, and more.

In anticipation of Science Literacy Week happening 17-23 September 2018, you can also enjoy listening to a round of Frequencies podcasts including transcripts (courtesy of the UBC Okanagan Library) recorded at last year’s Science Literary Week event. This unique 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”.

Also, stay tuned for the soon-to-be-released “Science Literacy Week: Building Partnerships through a Passion for Discovery” (a conference paper co-authored by UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan librarians) arriving in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal.

 

Learn more about cIRcle

 

 

 

 

 

News Release from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (Government of Canada): 

 

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, is inviting stakeholders, researchers, community leaders and public policy-makers to help shape a new $275-million Tri-Council Fund focused on international, interdisciplinary and high-risk research activities. Funding for the five-year initiative is a result of the federal government’s unprecedented investment of close to $4 billion in science announced in Budget 2018.

 

Designed by the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC), the new Tri-Council Fund will strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers and students across the country to accelerate Canada’s transition to a more modern approach to research. It will enable our researchers to undertake important work that can lead to discoveries that positively impact the lives of Canadians.

 

Read the full press release

 

See the UBC Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible via cIRcle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, the 2018 Open Access Week Advisory Committee revealed the theme for this year’s Open Access Week to be “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”.

In the words of the Advisory Committee, “This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. This year’s Open Access Week invites all interested stakeholders to participate in advancing this important work.”

Open Access Week is a great opportunity for the Scholarly Communications Office, the Library, and the greater UBC community to engage in dialogue around open access and foster greater participation in Open Access initiatives happening both on and off campus.

In collaboration with various partners, internally and externally, UBC Library has been celebrating Open Access Week for several years and looks forward to working with this year’s theme to continue the important conversations surrounding Open Access.

If you would like to catch up on last year’s “Exploring Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship” panel, co-sponsored by UBC, SFU, BCIT, and BCcampus, watch the recording, available on the Open UBC website.

Also look to UBC Library’s Open Access page for more information in the Fall.

 

 

 

Today, Canada’s three federal research funding agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (the agencies)—have developed a draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy.

 

The draft policy aims to support Canadian research excellence by fostering sound digital data management and data stewardship practices with suggested requirements related to three primary areas:

 

  1. Institutional data management strategies
  2. Researcher data management plans
  3. Data deposit

 

Based on feedback received from institutions, associations, organizations and individuals on the draft policy and its usefulness in advancing data management practices in Canada, the three agencies plan to launch the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy in 2019.

 

The feedback period is open until August 31, 2018.

 

Read the draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy and FAQs

 

Explore The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy: How the UBC Library Can Help guide for UBC researchers

 

 

 

 

 

The Scholarly Communications team has recently released two videos meant to provide the UBC community with a brief introduction into two important topics:

  • How to comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications and;
  • Author Rights (everything you need to know before, during, and after you sign a publisher agreement)

The format for these videos is information you can use in 5 minutes or less, so if you have a few minutes to spare and are curious, check them out below:

 

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

 

Author Rights

 

 

 

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides a critical service to the open access publishing community by curating a comprehensive white list of trusted open access journals. As a result of this work, DOAJ increases the “visibility, accessibility, reputation usage and impact of quality peer-reviewed open access scholarly research journals globally” (DOAJ).

Operating as a not-for-profit organization, DOAJ relies on the voluntary donations of its member institutions in order to sustain its services. While this funding model has allowed DOAJ to establish a robust and trusted database of reputable open access journals, it does not afford them the ability to conduct long term planning or invest in substantial upgrades. In response to this precarious funding model, the organizations in SCOSS (The Global Sustainability Coalition for the Open Science Series) put forward a recommendation that DOAJ supporting members make a commitment to fund DOAJ for the three years, allowing the organization to make significant contributions to their strategic initiatives.

UBC Library, which has long been a supporting member of DOAJ, has signed on to provide this additional sustaining financial support and looks forward to the future resources and services that DOAJ will create as a result of more stable funding.

Read more about DOAJ’s accomplishments in 2017

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