Past Events

Canevin Hall 108
McAnulty Drive
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

An introduction to Open Access, featuring panelists from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Lauren Collister (Pitt) will begin by discussing the Open movement in higher education and its benefits for scholars. David Scherer (CMU) will focus on the role of the institutional repository in making research openly available. Gina Peirce (Pitt) will speak about the experience of using her university’s institutional repository to publish an open  dataset to accompany her master’s thesis in Linguistics.


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IdeATe Studio A, Hunt Library
4909 Frew St
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Speakers: David Scherer, Lauren Collister (Joint MCs)

Panelists: Dr. Ervin Sejdic (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh),
David Creswell (Department of Psychology, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University)

With many government agencies implementing public access mandates over the past few years, journal publishers have developed new models for paying for the work of publication through Article Processing Charges (APCs).

On Monday, October 24, the University Libraries will host a joint event with the University of Pittsburgh Library System where those interested in publishing their research openly can hear more about the APC Funds of both institutions, what journals are eligible, and how one applies for financial support from the funds. A panel of past recipients will also be on hand discussing their experiences with publishing their research with unrestricted public access, and what recommendations or advice they have for future recipients of the fund.

Join us in IdeATe Studio A in the Hunt Library at CMU to hear more about the APC Fund, how it’s used, and what it means to publish openly. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
5032 Forbes Ave
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

This panel pulls together faculty from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh for a discussion about the opportunities that open data offer to teaching and learning in higher education. While there is widespread recognition of the value of shared data to research activity, this session aims to contribute to our understanding of benefits in the classroom. Panelists will describe their uses of open data in teaching and the associated learning objectives, their perspectives on the potential of open data to education and student learning, and their reflections on challenges, student experiences, and lessons learned on embedding open data in teaching.

Amy Knapp Room (G-74), Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

Open access (OA) to scholarly research has been a policy move embraced by governments, libraries, publishers 
and the global research community, yet there are strong opinions about the financial models that will foster 
OA’s long-term viability in concert with traditional scholarly publishing. Attitudes, for example, toward article processing charges vary by community, key stakeholder roles are shifting, and in the Humanities and Social Sciences, OA monographs’ different format requirements call for varied funding models. 

Mellon Institute Conference Room (MI 348), Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Since its launch three years ago, the Research Data Alliance (RDA,, a community-driven international organization with a mission to develop social and technical infrastructure that supports and accelerates data sharing world-wide, has grown precipitously and now has over 3100 members from 100+ countries. In this talk, Francine Berman discusses the opportunities and challenges of sharing research data. 

Amy Knapp Room (G-74), Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Please join the Pittsburgh Chapter of SLA in celebrating Open Access Week 2015. 

Dr. Lauren Collister, Scholarly Communications Librarian for the University of Pittsburgh, will speak about the importance of open access for changing current paradigms.  She plans to address how librarians in all sectors – public, academic, and corporate – can embrace and implement open access initiatives, even in small ways. 

This event is sponsored by the Special Libraries Association, Pittsburgh Chapter. For more information, see:

Porter Hall 100
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Data is the driving force for new discovery and innovation in the information age. Yet lack of a healthy ecosystem for data stewardship, preservation, and use puts critical data, on which new discovery depends, at risk. In this talk, Francine Berman explores the opportunities and challenges of creating a viable ecosystem for research data that can help sustain the Information Age’s most valuable resource. 

University Club Ballroom A
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Independent peer review is one of the foundations of scholarship and a practice that has been in place in the academy for centuries. This panel will address innovations that promote transparency and accelerate the pace of research, such as post-publication review, open peer review, and research evaluation ethics, exploring questions such as:

   • Who qualifies as a peer reviewer? 
   • What kinds of content should be reviewed? Datasets? Editorials? 
   • What are the strengths and weaknesses of pre-publication vs. post-publication peer review? 
   • Is open peer review integrated with the formal publication process? Does it need to be?
   • What concerns are there with making peer review open? Are there benefits to anonymity, for example? 
   • How do we ensure productive and civil discourse in a public review process? 
   • How do these innovations change the relationship between the reviewer and the author? 
   • Is it important to address the novelty and significance of the research in the review, or should it be only about      content and soundness? 
   • What is the anticipated trajectory of these changes in peer review and how might they affect research 25      years from now? 

Moderator: Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology and editor, 
Journal of World-Systems Research

Brandon Stell, PubPeer; 
Larry Kane, University of Pittsburgh, F1000 Research;
Lenny Teytelman,; 
Josh Nicholson, The Winnower

About the panelists: 
  Larry Kane is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. As a member of the Faculty of 1000, Dr. Kane is avid contributor to F1000Prime and F1000Research, and is an advocate for innovation in the peer review process to accelerate the dissemination of research. F1000Research ( is an Open Science publishing platform offering immediate publication of posters, slides and articles with no editorial bias. All articles benefit from transparent peer review and the inclusion 
of all source data. 

  Josh Nicholson is the founder of The Winnower, an open scholarly publishing platform launched in 2014. The Winnower acts as a publisher and archiver for a variety of content (research,reddit AMAs, student essays, journal club proceedings, peer reviews, open letters, grants, etc.) and to-date has published over 600 articles. Nicholson received his PhD in cell biology in 2015 from Virginia Tech. He has authored numerous articles on scientific funding and publishing in addition to his research on cancer, some of which have been discussed in The Economist, The Boston Globe and other major news outlets.

  Brandon Stell is a neuroscientist and team leader at the French national science organization CNRS in Paris and is the President of the PubPeer Foundation. PubPeer ( is an anonymous online forum for post-publication peer review where scholars can comment on any article published with a DOI. The authors of the paper are invited to engage with the commenters. 

  Lenny Teytelman is a geneticist and computational biologist. Since 2012, he has devoted himself to creating a free and up-to-date central repository of life science methods. As cofounder of Lenny brings a strong passion for sharing science and improving research efficiency through technology.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 12:30pm

Open approaches have the potential to enhance research, learning, and knowledge exchange on a global scale.
This session will review the range and state of open activities in the higher education arena, explore common factors for the different open domains, and define potential benefits of adopting a more integrated approach to policy and practice for individuals and institutions.

6115 Gates Hillman Center
4902 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:30pm

Panel presentation featuring: Maryann Martone, Executive Director, Force11; Peter Binfield, Founder, PeerJ; Rachel Burley, Vice President and Director, Open Access, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; and Jennifer Lin, Senior Project Manager, Public Library of Sciences (PLoS) 

A distinguished panel representing both traditional and Open Access publishing interests will discuss drivers and barriers to openness and transparency in scholarly communication. 

Cohosted by the University Libraries of Carnegie Mellon University and the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.