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From left: Tara Stephens, cIRcle Librarian; Helen Halbert, Open Scholar winner; and Daniel Wood, VP Academic and External Affairs, UBC GSS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate change mitigation and mobile device engagement are the topics of the latest graduate student submissions to win the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award.

The award highlights UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work, and creates an incentive for grad students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations. The prize is a collaboration between the Graduate Student Society and cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository that was set up by the Library in 2007.

Polly Ng, who specialized in sustainability planning at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, was recognized for her entry Making the case for using development cost charges for climate change mitigation.

Meanwhile, Helen Halbert was part of a trio that produced the paper Toward a Model of Mobile User Engagement. Halbert, the sole graduate student involved in the project (the other authors are a Postdoctoral Fellow and an Assistant Professor), has just completed her studies for a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

Authors of winning submissions, which are chosen on a lottery system, receive $500; their work is made publicly available on a long-term basis by UBC Library’s cIRcle.

“I knew early on in my studies that I wanted my research to make a solid contribution to professional practice in my field,” says Ng. “I hope that the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award encourages more research that works on practical solutions to practical problems.”

“I think this award is a great way to recognize the diverse work that UBC graduate students do outside of their theses and dissertations,” adds Halbert. “[The award] serves to increase awareness of open access publishing among graduate students and, in doing so, promotes the practice of sharing academic research with all – regardless of whether they are members of the UBC community or not.”

The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award is given twice a year. The submission deadline for the next award instalment is September 24, 2014, although submissions can be made at any time – please visit cIRcle for more information.

 

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As the year 2013 draws to a close, it’s a perfect time to review a quick sampling of cIRcle news stories which were featured by the Library. We hope you will not only read them but will also find inspiration and/or ideas on how you can disseminate your scholarly research in the New Year. Enjoy!

Flashback to a time when cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository nabbed a top spot [p.26]:

UBC Library update – CPSLD Newsletter by Glenn Drexhage on January 31, 2013 | “University Librarian Ingrid Parent’s remarks about the challenges and opportunities facing UBC Library, and research libraries around the world, are highlighted in the Fall 2012 issue of the CPSLD Newsletter.” http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/01/31/ubc-library-update-cpsld-newsletter/

Recall when cIRcle did it again and ranked even higher according to Webometrics [p.2]:

Spring update in the BCLA Browser – cIRcle rises in rankings by Glenn Drexhage on April 3, 2013 | “UBC’s open access digital repository launched by the Library in 2008 – has moved up in international rankings.” http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/04/03/spring-update-in-the-bcla-browser/

Discover how cIRcle provides open access to a treasure trove of UBC research globally:

A look inside a digital repository by Jessica Woolman on September 27, 2013 | “The world-wide recognition and awareness of me and UBC increases each time a person finds their way to cIRcle,” says Dwayne Tannant, a Professor at UBC’s School of Engineering. http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/09/27/a-look-inside-a-digital-repository/

Explore why the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award helps increase graduate research impact:

An opportunity for graduate work to stand out by Glenn Drexhage on November 29, 2013 | “In grad school, there is so much emphasis on the thesis, but a lot of great coursework happens along the way, stuff that we’re proud of but doesn’t really get too much recognition beyond a course grade,” says Bailey. “The Open Scholar Award gives an opportunity for that work to stand out.” http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/11/29/an-opportunity-for-graduate-work-to-stand-out/

Learn more about cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at: circle.ubc.ca [https://circle.ubc.ca/]

Did You Know?

The inaugural Berlin 11 Student and Early Stage Researcher Satellite Conference was held on November 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Gain a UBC graduate student’s perspective into this open access event hosted by the Max Planck Society and the Right to Research Coalition. Read, A Student Profile: Advocating for open access with Tracey Vantyghem and A UBC graduate student’s view of open access and greater research impact for more details. 

Above image is courtesy of the Celebrate Research Week website.

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Last month, she travelled to Berlin, Germany to attend an open access (OA) conference. Tracey Vantyghem – a newly minted librarian from UBC’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) – stated:

“As a student librarian with UBC, I’ve seen how well-placed the library is to act as a hub for advocacy and education in Open Access. I wanted to attend Berlin 11 to learn more about the OA movement in general, and about becoming an effective advocate for making academic research more openly available.”

Vantyghem was referring to the inaugural Berlin 11 Student and Early Stage Researcher Satellite Conference which was held on November 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. This OA event was hosted by the Max Planck Society and the Right to Research Coalition.

One of her favorite OA talks was presented by Jack Andraka, “a 15 year-old who’s made a breakthrough in cancer detection. He’s developed a way to test for pancreatic cancer that can diagnose it much earlier than current methods (when a person still has an almost 100% chance of survival), and costs just a few cents. (You can see his TED Talk about it here). Andraka was in high school when he was working on this, and so he was only able to research using free online academic journals in the US National Institute of Health’s database, PubMed Central. Articles behind paywalls cost around $35 each, so without Open Access he simply wouldn’t have had access to the information he needed.”

She continues, “This, to me, was a really amazing example of the increased potential for research to be read, used, and to have a positive impact when it’s openly available, and this is increasingly true as the rising cost of academic journals is creating huge access gaps around the world. When you consider that Harvard University subscribed to 98,900 academic journals in 2008, and the best-funded research institution in India only had access to 10,600[1], you get a sense of how many researchers, policy makers, health-care workers, and even members of the public are going without access to information that could make a big difference.”

When asked about any key OA strategies, resources/tools and trends she discovered that could be helpful to UBC graduate students trying to increase their research impact, she mentions “the launch of the Open Access Button. The OA button is a browser plug-in that aims to show the global effects of research paywalls. Users install the button and then press it when they can’t access the research they need. The plug-in adds this information to a global map showing how many paywalls are being hit globally, and then (and this is the really cool part) helps users to search for an open access version of that article – like those in cIRcle.”

One recommendation she provides is “that other UBC graduate students apply to attend the Berlin Satellite Conference in the future”. She also adds that, “Today’s young researchers are the next generation of academic leaders, and I think that if we are educated and engaged with this movement, we have the potential to bring really positive change to scholarly publishing, and to make knowledge more available to everyone.”

Vantyghem concluded that, “In the meantime, there are definitely ways to get involved: check out the Right to Research Coalition, a coalition of student organizations that advocates for an open scholarly publishing system to learn more and find out how to get involved (you can also look up this R2R on twitter). Or just start by adopting Open Access yourself – it’s as easy as putting your work in cIRcle so others can read and use it.”

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[1] Suber, P. (2012). Open Access. MIT Press.

Above photo is courtesy of the Berlin 11 Satellite Conference site

Did You Know?

The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award aims to feature UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work. UBC Vancouver graduate students upload their own work into the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/42591. Any exemplary non-thesis coursework or manuscript is subject to instructor approval.

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Shona Robinson (l) and Sam Bailey’s paper on drinking water at UBC was selected for one of the Open Scholar Awards.

A review of drinking water at UBC and a podcast focusing on a Latin epic poem are the latest graduate student submissions to win the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award.

Sam Bailey and Shona Robinson were recognized for their entry Aesthetic Assessment of Drinking Water at UBC: A Comparison of Waterfillz and Tap Water; both belong to the Pollution Control and Waste Management Group at UBC’s Department of Civil Engineering.

Meanwhile, Christian Brady – a Master’s student in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies – was selected for his entry, entitled Podcasting Lucan and the Classical World.

Authors of each winning submission receive $500, and their work is made publicly available on a long-term basis by UBC Library.

The Open Scholar Award highlights UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work, and creates an incentive for graduate students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations.

“In grad school, there is so much emphasis on the thesis, but a lot of great coursework happens along the way, stuff that we’re proud of but doesn’t really get too much recognition beyond a course grade,” says Bailey. “The Open Scholar Award gives an opportunity for that work to stand out.”

cIRcle also proved to be a valuable resource while Bailey and Robinson were working on their award-winning entry. “In researching the precedent for our paper, we came across an undergraduate publication on cIRcle that examined the economics of various water sources on campus,” notes Robinson. “That work provided some essential background details to our study.”

“The Open Scholar Award gives me so many opportunities that I hadn’t even imagined before,” adds Brady. “I’m happy to have the funding to expand some projects and pursue more stories for future episodes.” Brady has uploaded four podcasts to cIRcle, and more are on the way.  

“Making the podcast into an effective teaching tool is a really exciting challenge,” he says. “I think the key is to focus on creating an aesthetically pleasing piece of work. If people are interested in what they’re hearing, they’ll take the time to dig deeper into the material.”

The Open Scholar Award is a collaboration between the Graduate Student Society and cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository that was set up by the Library in 2007.

The award, given twice a year, is based on a lottery system. The submission deadline for the next award instalment is March 24, 2014, although submissions can be made at any time – please visit cIRcle for more information.

 

 

 

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