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The Geospatial Data Act of 2017

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Share This: On May 25, 2017, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the bi-partisan Senate Bill 1253, better known as the Geospatial Data Act of 2017. In bi-partisan fashion, the bill has sparked praise and outrage from geospatial technologists. Interestingly, however, the Geospatial Data Act has been in the works for several years. Hatch and Warner introduced the bill under the same name to the Senate in 2015 and to the Senate and House (by Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4)) in 2016. Each attempt, however, failed. So why have… Read More »The Geospatial Data Act of 2017

What Are We Waiting For?

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Share This: Recently The Chronicle of Higher Education published a piece entitled “How to Avoid a Post-Scholar America”.  Yes, we say, YES, and AMEN, too. The University of Oklahoma was founded as a public institution.  Its mission encompasses “service to the state and society.”  We can do this by, as The Chronicle article says, creating more public scholarship which “directly impacts the public” and “touches lives far beyond the walls of academe.” One way The Chronicle suggests pursuing this is the creation of public syllabi.  Beyond the examples provided, we… Read More »What Are We Waiting For?

Emerging Technologies – A Day in the Life

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Share This: The following is an idealized day in the life of an Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Oklahoma Libraries. While there has never been a day exactly like this, most days (right now) include some significant combination of the activities described below. 8:00-9:00am – Research. Research is definitely the most cognitively intensive activity I engage in, so it has to happen early, while the coffee is still flowing through my bloodstream. Essentially, it involves synthesizing conclusions drawn in various bodies of peer-reviewed literature, including library science, philosophy of… Read More »Emerging Technologies – A Day in the Life

In (Academic Social) Medias Res

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Share This: Within hours after Forbes.com published Sarah Bond’s article, Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account at Academia.edu, I began fielding questions from OU faculty members. 3,132 people from the University of Oklahoma have accounts on Academia.edu, and 3,284 have accounts on ResearchGate. Another popular “academic social network,” Mendeley, doesn’t group their accounts in the same way, but it’s likely there are OU-associated accounts there as well. There’s a lot to unpack in regards to my feelings about these companies and the “services” they offer, but for the purposes of this… Read More »In (Academic Social) Medias Res

Preserving Virtual Reality at OU Libraries

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Share This: With the public release of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset in March 2016, and with many other affordable VR platforms following, VR is becoming the hottest new platform for video game content this year. At the same time, OU libraries has been developing a VR workstation, Oklahoma Virtual Academic Laboratory (OVAL), for academic teaching and research purposes. Instead of (just) shooting zombies or engaging in other ludic activities in virtual worlds, OU Libraries is exploring ways in which VR technology can contribute to learning objectives in… Read More »Preserving Virtual Reality at OU Libraries

OSF Preprints Repository

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Share This: The Center for Open Science has launched OSF Preprints, an open access repository of more than 350,000 preprints of scholarly publications. Researchers can upload preprints, create projects, and work collaboratively. With OSF for Meetings, academic organizations can register events and share documents with participants. Other key features include document-level metrics, data archiving, and project tracking. The open source infrastructure of OSF Preprints also supports three repositories: SocArXiv, PsyArXiv, and engrXiv. These preprint collections, available on independent platforms, specialize in social science, psychology and engineering scholarship, respectively. For the… Read More »OSF Preprints Repository

Digital Humanities Readings

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Share This: The application What is Digital Humanities? created by Jason Heppler puts the DH field into perspective. With each refresh of the screen, one gets a new definition of digital humanities that ranges from the laughable to the profound. For those who have been on the fringe of digital humanities this application helps us realize that there are no hard and fast rules to being a digital humanist. I would argue that all one needs to be a digital humanist is a curiosity and fearlessness to explore and work with digital tools for one’s… Read More »Digital Humanities Readings

Navigating Research Bazaar

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Share This: On September 7 and 8, OU Libraries will host its 2nd Research Bazaar. It will be a packed two days with workshop, presentations, and discussions. While all of the sessions can be attended as a standalone, a few could be grouped together to create a map for developing a new skill. These charts are just taste of what ResBaz has to offer. Please visit the event website to register and learn more! DATA MANAGEMENT Intro to Research Data: Documentation and Description: Offered September 7 from 10AM to 11AM and September 7… Read More »Navigating Research Bazaar

Is What You Do Data?

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Share This: Is What You Do Data? That was the question that my colleague Mark Laufersweiler tossed out to our planning committee as we discussed the theme for our upcoming event, ResBaz (Research Bazaar). Looking at its definition, data is plural for datum and in Latin it means “something given.” While we often ascribe data to the sciences, all of us are data creators and data consumers. When we fill out a form, write an email, take a picture, we create data, or what some would refer to as empirical evidence.… Read More »Is What You Do Data?