The new Open UBC site has launched today on Aug 26, Monday morning.

Goals for the site relaunch

There were three goals for the site relaunch. We wanted to:

  • Broaden the site focus by including Open Access and Open Research as major themes of the site, since they are important component of the open scholarship movement.
  • Include and point to resources that are available on other UBC websites.
  • Improve the user experience of the site so that the resources are easily accessible by faculty members, students and staff who are interested in open scholarship.

Process

May 2018 – Usability Testing

poster of open ubc website UX session

Poster of Open UBC Website Review (by Rie Namba, CC by SA 3.0)

On May 22, 2018, we hosted a small usability test event for the Open UBC site. During the usability testing, we asked participants to bring their own device (for ex: laptop, tablet, mobile) and go through the user testing survey provided. Two faculty members, one undergraduate student, one graduate student and one staff participated the usability testing event.

Overall, we found out from the usability testing that:

  • Some users were confused with some of the terminology of the websites (For example: Open Practice).
  • Some users had hard time finding resources due to the structure of the landing pages.

Many users accessed the “Project” (now it is called “Examples”) page to see what their colleagues were creating. Learning from the feedback we received during the usability testing, we aimed to create a new website that is more simple and improves user experience.

Oct 2018 – Card Sorting Activity

card sorting activity

photograph from the Card Sorting Activity (by Rie Namba -CC by SA 3.0)

On Oct 2018, with a small group from the Library and CTLT (Erin Fields, Cindy Underhill, Will Engle, Lucas Wright and Rie Namba), we designed the new architecture for the new Open UBC site, and did a “card sorting activity” to map out existing pages in the Open UBC site to the new architecture. As a result, we had gaps with resources in Research, Data, and Access sections.

March 2019- Sprint

On March 2019, we organized a sprint and invited a group of expertise (Erin Fields, Stephanie Savage, Rie Namba, Will Engle, Leonora Crema, Matthew Vis-Dumbar, Sarah Parker, Alex Kuskowski, Eirian Vining) to create a “Get Started” page for “Research” “Data” and “Access”. The summary of the sprint can be found in the wiki page below:

Open UBC Website Sprint March 2019

March 2019 ~ Aug 26 – Iteration

During this period of time, we worked on an iteration of the new Open UBC site. We asked feedbacks for the new Open UBC site from the Open UBC Working Group , which is a working group that supports emerging and ongoing open projects at UBC and beyond. We then edited the new Open UBC site according to the feedback.

Give us Feedback and Contribute to the Open UBC site

If you are excited about contributing to the Open UBC site, there are various ways that you can contribute to the site:

 




CARL, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries recently released an updated version of the Canadian Author Addendum along with an Authors Guide that supports the use of the addendum. Author addenda help authors insert legal language into their publishing contracts that allow them to retain rights in their work. This may be particularly useful in cases where grants require authors to make their work open access.

For more information and links to the resources, refer to the CARL news release.


Recording of Balancing the scales: The role of fair dealing in Canada now live in UBC’s institutional repository.

The planning committee for the joint SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, Douglas, VCC and JIBC Fair Dealing Week event is happy to announce that an archived copy of the talk is now available for viewing in UBC’s institutional repository, cIRcle. Both the panel discussion and Meera Nair’s keynote address are available at the following link:

http://hdl.handle.net/2429/69041

The planning committee would like to thank all who participated virtually and in-person as well as the event sponsors CAUT, UBC, Langara, SFU, Kwantlen, and Douglas for making the event such a success.

In response to a growing concern about the increasing concentration of control of research communication functions by a small number of players, SPARC and COAR have developed a list of seven Good Practice Principles for Scholarly Communication. The List is meant to “provide a framework to ensure that services are transparent, open, and support the aims and values of the scholarly community” (SPARC).

To learn more about the principles and download a copy, refer to the SPARC website.

Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released its 2017/2018 Impact and Activity Report, showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact scholarly.communications@ubc.ca

Read the Report.

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

 

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