Past Events

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?

 

This event is part of the Year of Pitt Global.

 

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. 

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

 

Sorrels Engineering Library - Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Wean Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

 

 

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. 

 

Staying true to the open access model: it is free to stream and download, for private or public use, and maintains the most open CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons designation to ensure anyone regardless of their social, financial or political background will have access.  

 

Join us on Tuesday, October 23 at 4:30pm in the CMU Sorrells Engineering Library for a public screening of the documentary. Refreshments will be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hillman Library - Amy Knapp Room (G-74)
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Zotero logo

Join us for a workshop on the open source citation manager, Zotero. Open Access - or the lack thereof - is responsible for much of the architecture and construction of Zotero, in order to make articles and information easily shareable. Learn the basics of using Zotero and start setting up your own library of citations with this popular open source tool. Click here to sign up for the session.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Historic Pittsburgh comprises a variety of primary and secondary sources about the greater Pittsburgh region, including a wide range of publications, maps, manuscripts, visual images, and audio-video materials, that support personal and scholarly research. Launched in 1999, the site has grown each year through partnerships with more than a dozen cultural heritage institutions that hold historical collections and are willing to digitize and share them in support of both personal and scholarly research. Historic Pittsburgh is open to all and free to use. 

The Historic Pittsburgh Fair brings together creators and users of the collection to celebrate the history of our city. Join us at CLP-Main in Oakland for Pittsburgh activities for all ages

• Pittsburgh Trivia with Rick Sebak
• Guidance on how to preserve your own family and historical materials
• Exploration of historical treasures from the collections of Historic Pittsburgh's partners
• Celebrating the grand opening of the Carnegie Library's REcollection Studio, a DIY digitization lab

Local professional archivists will be at the fair to provide one-on-one preservation and archiving advice, click this link to sign up for a session. For more information, visit CLP's Historic Pittsburgh Event Page

Anyone with a love for Pittsburgh will find something to enjoy!

Digital Scholarship Commons, G-49 Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Don’t be scared! Join us in Hillman Library’s Digital Scholarship Commons on October 30 for spooky treats and to meet others that love civic data. Learn more about where to turn for data and help, get inspiration for a project using open data, and join a club!

Give a brief 3-5 minute lightning talk at the event. Share your work, talk about data careers, pitch your club or a project idea, and tell your data story by signing up for a time slot. If you’d like to give a talk, please let us know by completing our very short survey. Whether or not you want to give a talk, please RSVP for the event

Even though this event takes place on Pitt’s campus, we welcome students from all of our region’s colleges and universities to attend. If you need more information about the event, please contact the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center.

4130 Posvar Hall
230 S Bouquet St
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

We live in an information economy, and the future of democracy and equity depend on everyone’s ability to access information. Yet, even as scholars and organizations work to make scholarly work openly available, the increased commercialization of information and technology, along with the enhanced capabilities for data collection and surveillance, threaten the ability for users to access that scholarly work. In addition, persistent racial, class, and gender divides exclude growing numbers of people from the internet and knowledge commons. Panelists will examine how the growing concentration of corporate control of internet service provision and content, including policies related to net neutrality, affect the ability of all people to have access to information. The broader implications of these developments for both democracy and inclusion and for the future of scientific inquiry will be discussed, and the panel will offer steps users can take to help protect internet freedom and the knowledge commons for all.

Co-Sponsors: University Library System, Global Studies Center, Department of History and Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Amy Knapp Room, G-74 Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Two primary ways exist to make your work Open Access: publish in an Open Access outlet or self-archive your work. This workshop will focus on self-archiving, a practice that allows you to publish in your favorite journals and with your favorite publishers and still make your work openly available through depositing copies in repositories. 

How do you get more citations, reach a broader audience, and ensure long-term preservation of your work? Learn about the best practices for self-archiving: your rights as an author, locations to share your work, and how to maximize the benefits to you and the research community. Learn the considerations for sharing preprints and postprints, and the different uses for a website, institutional repository, and commercial sharing sites like Academia.edu and ResearchGate. 

Digital Scholarship Commons, Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Ave
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, November 2, from 5pm to 7pm, for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon open to any member of the community and hosted at the University of Pittsburgh's Digital Scholarship Commons in the Hillman Library. During this event, two brief trainings will be held concurrently and the remainder of the time will be devoted to working individually or as part of a group to edit Wikipedia and improve Pittsburgh-related pages. A list of pages and resources is available at our Wikipedia Edit-a-thon page

A "Wikipedia Editing for Beginners" session will be held for those new to editing Wikipedia and will train editors in the basics of how Wikipedia works, as well as editing a user page, and making small and manageable improvements to Wikipedia (such as adding references and copyediting).

An "Advanced Wikipedia" session will be for experienced editors and will be held by one of the University of Pittsburgh's Wikipedia Visiting Scholars. In this session, we will cover helpful tools that make creating an article quicker and easier. 

As this event is part of Open Access Week, anyone who includes an open resource or who makes it their mission to mark Open Access scholarly articles on Wikipedia will receive a special pin commemorating the event. 

Please RSVP at our Wikipedia Edit-a-thon page by editing the page and including your Wikipedia username or your name at the bottom. New editors are recommended to sign up for a Wikipedia account before the session begins. 

 

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