Open Access, Scholarship, Data, Software, and Publishing: Open Events at The Edge

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Transformations in digital tools and online services expand opportunities for collaborative research, scholarly publishing, and reaching a broader audience.  As part of these changes, the Edge is hosting a series of events in the 2016-2017 school year focused on the theme of “Open."  With presentations, workshops, and project teams focused on open access, data, publishing, research, scholarship, science, and software, the libraries offer an opportunity for the Duke community to discuss, learn, reflect, and engage in a changing scholarly landscape that promises to expand the traditional boundaries of academia.

Have an Open program idea? If you have an idea for programming during the year that relates to the Open theme, get in touch with us!  Click here to fill out the form  or contact  Haley Walton .

Upcoming Events

Beyond Word: Using LaTeX to Publish Translations of Philosophical Texts

March 16, 2017, 4:00-5:00pmBostock 121, Murthy Digital Studio

LaTeX is an open mark-up language, used predominantly by math and science scholars to more elegantly present equations and other mathematical arguments. Duke graduate student Bryce Gessell uses it to generate multiple editions of translated philosophical texts. At this talk, he'll talk about how he uses LaTeX, why it's particularly useful for translation work, and how he got started. Join us to learn more about the benefits of using a markup language instead of a word processing program to gain greater control over the presentation of textual research.

Serving and Scraping Data with the OpenAPI Project

March 21, 2017, 10:00-11:00amBostock 127, Workshop Room

The latest trends in application programming interfaces (APIs) make it possible to share data more easily than ever before. In this session, we'll take a look at the OpenAPI Project (formerly known as Swagger). We'll start with a brief discussion of the OpenAPI approach, then we'll look at free tools and software to help you get started. From there, we'll go through a quick demo of describing an API and looking at code that uses the API to both serve data and consume it. We'll also take a quick look at open technologies to share data sets and the code that produces them so that anyone can replicate your results. We'll wrap up with a discussion of the API economy and ways to publicize and manage your the APIs you create. The speaker is Doug Tidwell of IBM.


Past Events

Using the Scalar Open Publishing Tool in the Classroom 

October 31, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm Edge Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library First Floor

The rise of digital humanities has pushed experimentation and change in scholarly writing and publication. One such experiment led to the creation of Scalar ( -- an open, multimodal publishing tool that allows for the creation of non-linear arguments, collaborative authorship, and tighter linkages between digital archives and the scholarship built from them. Given the changes such tools portend for how we discover, read, and create scholarly arguments, should we (and how can we) incorporate these tools into humanities instruction?

Open Source and the Mission of Libraries 

December 5, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm Edge Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library First Floor

There’s a broad overlap between the mission(s) of research libraries and the ethos of the open source software movement. Shared values like openness, transparency, intellectual freedom, and access have animated countless library-based initiatives, just as they have sparked the development of many free software projects. We’ll examine the history and philosophies of the open source software movement, discuss open-source development in Duke Libraries, and explore how (and why) libraries may be uniquely positioned to advocate for the use of open source in research and infrastructure.

Principles of Scholarly Communication: Informing Policy, Influencing Practice featuring Joyce Ogburn, Dean of Libraries ASU 

September 22, 2016, 4:15-5:15pm Edge Workshop Room, Bostock Library First Floor

Concurrent with the growing attention to the viability and values of scholarly communication, many new and existing groups have developed principles to inform and guide changes in policy and practice. Often, these principles are documented within formal statements, declarations, resolutions, directives, and policies. I will present a broad review of representative and influential documents and principles on which change has been based, as well as how principles are reflecting the evolution of expectations for access to and use of scholarship. A discussion will follow to address how principles might continue to be expanded, along with the roles of librarians and others in the future of scholarly communication.

A Revolution in Evolution: Open Science Projects at Duke October 3, 2016, 12:00-1:15pm The Forum for Scholars & Publics, 011 Old Chem

The scientific practice of sharing information, begun in earnest with the creation of society journals, entered a new epoch with the digital age. Through online open science projects, Duke researchers Karen Cranston and Doug Boyer are extending the potential for sharing data and expanding our knowledge of evolution, from microbes to mammals. Join us as they talk with Duke librarian Elena Feinstein about the motivations behind open science, how their projects (MorphoSource and Open Tree of Life) embody and benefit from openness, and the professional rewards (and challenges) of pursuing open science.

Sustainable Futures for Research Communication  featuring Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communications at Curtin University October 7, 2016, 10:00-11:15 am Edge Workshop Room, Bostock Library First Floor

Scholarly societies and research publishing are both facing serious challenges. With the world shifting around us, what means do we have to keep our communities functioning that are ready for the future? Is Open Access a threat or an opportunity? And what are the future models for funding that will continue to work and provide value?

Open Science, Data-Driven Scholarship and the Future of Academic Publishing

October 13, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm Perkins 217

Most tools that scientists use for the preparation of scholarly manuscripts, such as Microsoft Word and LaTeX, function offline and do not account for the born-digital nature of research objects. To add, most authoring tools in use today are not designed for collaboration. As scientific collaborations grow in size, research transparency and the attribution of scholarly credit are at stake. Authorea allows scientists to collaboratively write rich data-driven manuscripts on the web; articles that would natively offer readers a dynamic, interactive experience with an article’s full text, images, data, and code, paving the road to increased data sharing, data reuse, research reproducibility, and Open Science.

Duke Endowment Libraries' Open Educational Resources Project

October 17, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm Edge Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library First Floor

Open Educational Resources (OERs) -– teaching and learning materials that can be freely obtained, adopted, adapted, and shared -- are gaining attention in higher education, in response to the rising costs of textbooks as well as a move towards making learning more open in general. We’ll discuss potential for and barriers to increasing the use of OERs at Duke, the roles libraries can play in supporting the adoption and creation of OERs, and information about a stipend-based program for Duke faculty that is being supported by Duke University Libraries along with the other Duke Endowment Libraries at Davidson College, Furman University, and Johnson C. Smith University.

MOOCs and Open Education October 24, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm Edge Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library First Floor

From learning communities on a global scale to high-demand specializations for professional development, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) continue to impact teaching and learning. Sophia Stone and Willie Williamson (Duke's Center for Instructional Technology, or CIT) showcase several MOOCs with varied degrees of “openness” and approach (blended/flipped/honors) and discuss implications for education. What new pedagogical partnerships does a MOOC present? Does having an internationally dispersed classroom of learners change the nature of how we provision resources for students? What opportunities do you see to contribute to the learning community around MOOCs?