Tech Sharecase, 23 September 2016

For our first meeting this fall, we had 16 people in attendance, with representation from the library, BCTC, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the CIS department.

Partnership with OCM and Athletics

Jessica Wagner Webster and Kimmy Szeto gave a presentation detailing the history of the library’s collaboration with the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Athletics Department to help them manage their digital assets. They showed us the digital asset manager, Merlin, that has been set up to organize the materials. They also described how legacy content will be stored in the archives, cataloged in ArchivesSpace, and made accessible to users when requested.

Digital Measures and Research Information Management Systems

At the next meeting (October 21), we’ll discuss a topic that came up at the end today’s meeting: how to make the most of the many systems for colleges and universities to track the scholarly pursuits and intellectual contributions of their faculty. What’s intriguing about these systems is the possible points of contact they might make with other systems and services:

  • author identifier systems like ORCID and ResearcherID
  • open access repositories (including institutional repositories like CUNY Academic Works and subject repositories like arXiv)
  • commercial networks and repositories, such as SSRN, ResearchGate, and Academia.edu¬†and subscription services like Pivot that alert researchers to funding opportunities that are keyed to the publications of those scholars

It might be interesting to wade into the debate about the extent to which commercial publishers (such as Elsevier, Wiley, etc.) are trying to enclose the scholarly commons and co-opt the open access movement (see for example this interview that journalist Richard Poynder conducted with Clifford Lynch about the future of the IR).

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