Events

O'Hara Center Dining Room
4024 O'Hara St
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Opportunities to share scholarly work in the form of preprints (drafts of papers in advance of publication) have grown exponentially in recent years. New discipline-based preprint servers are joining long-standing repositories, offering scholars many opportunities to share their work. What is the impact of this proliferation of preprints on science, research, and critical inquiry? How have these new outlets for sharing scholarship changed the practice of researchers, scholars, and students?  

Join us for a special Open Access Week event celebrating preprints and the democratization of scholarship. We will discuss the history of the preprint, its role in accelerating the pace of scholarship, and the future of scholarship with more results and inquiries being shared in new and evolving mediums. The event will feature a keynote from Dr. Steinn Sigurdsson, Scientific Director of arXiv, followed by a panel discussion by scholars engaged in the act of creating, sharing, and disseminating preprints. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experience with preprints and their own work. Light refreshments will be served. 

 

Keynote Presenter:

Dr. Steinn Sigurdsson 
Scientific Director, arXiv
Professor of Astrophysics
Pennsylvania State University

 

Dr. Sigurdsson did his doctorate in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He then worked as a researcher at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the Institute of Astronomy and King’s College at Cambridge University in England. Steinn is a member of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos and the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, and the Penn State Astrobiology Research Center. He works on a range of topics in astrophysics and related areas, ranging from cosmology, large scale dynamics and black holes, to formation and evolution of planets, and the prospects for discovering non-terrestrial life. He has been a member of the board of the Aspen Center for Physics since 2010 and is currently a Trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics. He was appointed the Scientific Director of arXiv in 2017. 

Panelists: 

Dr. John D. Norton
Co-founder of the PhilSci-Archive, a preprint server for the disciplines of Philosophy of Science  
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh

 

Dr. Ansuman Chattopadhyay
Creator of search.bioPreprint
Assistant Director
Molecular Biology Information Service
Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

 

Moderator:

Dr. Lauren B. Collister
Director
Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing
University Library System
University of Pittsburgh

 

Hillman Library - Amy Knapp Room (G-74)
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

How do you get more citations, reach a broader audience, and ensure long-term preservation of your work? The best way is to make your work Open through self-archiving! In celebration of Open Access Week 2018, join us to explore the best practices of self-archiving: your rights as an author, best locations to self-archive your work, and how to maximize the benefits to you and the research community. Learn the considerations for posting preprints and postprints, and the different uses for a website, institutional repository, and commercial sharing sites like Academia.edu and ResearchGate. 

Register for this event. 

Hillman Library - Conference Room 272
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The United Nations has recognized internet access as a basic human right. This moderated roundtable event aims to foster conversations about different approaches to ensuring the public access to information. Perspectives from the social sciences, law, and information technology will shape the dialogue about how human rights thinking about communications and technology has evolved since 1948 when the UDHR was signed. What does the right to the internet mean in practice? How do movements like the Open Access movement help advance the realization of this right? Why is this right important for democracy, social cohesion, and human rights, and how does the human right to internet access relate to our work as researchers and learners?