Presentation Abstracts

Banner reading: Stony Brook University Libraries 6th Annual Open Access Symposium: Towards Equitable Knowledge Gathering and Sharing, October 28 and 29, 2021

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Keynote: It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Making Research Open By Default and Equitable By Design, 10:15A – 11:15A

Speaker: Nick Shockey, SPARC

Across the world, public and private research funders are establishing full open science policies—built on more than a decade of policy precedent requiring public access to publicly funded research. It’s clear that the shift toward a system of research that is open by default is underway, but whether that system will be equitable by design remains an open question. As the digital infrastructure for open research is being built, the decisions made now about what platforms to use, which to support financially, and whose interests to prioritize will shape the future of science and scholarship for decades to come. This talk will explore the drivers of this shift toward open research, cover key recent developments, and discuss how to pursue this shift in a way that aligns with this year’s International Open Access Week theme of “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.”

Panel and Q&A: Including voices of all in academic output, 12:00P – 12:40P

Speakers: Denisse Albornoz, University of Toronto & Kanishka Sikri, York University

Graduate Students Kanishka Sikri and Denisse Albornoz will explore the notion of epistemic injustice in research, which refers to the conditions in which the knowledge of identities and communities sitting at the intersections of multiple layers of oppression is consistently devalued, marginalized or silenced. Situating themselves in the context of community-based research, they will discuss the role of openness in addressing epistemic injustice and the importance of complicating what it means to be equitable in our own knowledge practices

Presentation and Q&A: The Story Behind CELT’s Inclusive Teaching Panel Series, 12:45P – 1:15P

Speakers: Carol Hernandez and Catherine Scott, Stony Brook University

This presentation will discuss the origin and motivation behind the Inclusive Teaching Panel Series at Stony Brook University, which is starting its second year. The panel discussions bring together instructors from across the university to discuss concrete ways to disrupt the teaching practice via introducing concepts such as critical race theory, trauma-informed pedagogy, and universal design for learning. The goal is to create a space for instructors to critically assess their epistemologies, so as a community we may surface new ways to think about what constitutes knowledge, who gets to make that decision, and why.

Panel: Open Educational Resources, 1:20P – 1:55P

Presentation 1: Open Educational Resources: Developing an OER course that increases public knowledge of the rule-making process

Speaker: Daniene Byrne, Stony Brook University

Daniene will share her experience  collaborating with faculty from Stony Brook University Libraries and Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology and Society to develop an OER course: “Technology Policy: Research, Analysis and Participation”.  The course exposes participants to policy research processes and rulemaking participation, giving them knowledge to share their research with rulemakers and ideally, increase equity in public policies.

Presentation 2: Digitally augmenting a hands-on dissection lab experience: first steps toward transitioning vertebrate anatomy training into the 21st century

Speaker: Natasha Vitek, Stony Brook University

Abstract coming soon!

Presentation 3: Interview transcripts in lieu of textbook: LIN 200 “Language in the US”

Speakers: Mark Aronoff, Lori Repetti, Ji Yea Kim, & Veronica Miatto, Stony Brook University

Abstract coming soon!

Friday, October 29, 2021 

Keynote: More Open, More Equitable, and More Valuable Science, 10:15A – 11:15A

Speaker: Dr. Mike Huerta, National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine is both an NIH research institute and the world’s largest biomedical library. As a research institute, NLM conducts and supports development of data science, artificial intelligence, and informatics approaches to advance computational biology and computational health science research. As a national library, NLM advances open science by making the products of biomedical research (including the literature, data, and standards) findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable, exchanging more than 100 terabytes of data with more than 5 million users each day. The critical role of NLM in the ecosystem of digital biomedicine will be presented, as will be major initiatives at NLM and NIH to make this ecosystem more open, diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Presentation: Open Educational Resources, 12:00P – 12:40P

Speakers: Ed Beck & Jennifer M. K. Jensen, SUNY Oneonta

SUNY Oneonta’s OER creation practices have been evolving based on the diverse needs and abilities of the faculty creators as well as the student users. With  faculty partners and student feedback, a checklist has been developed for designing new OER and ways to share them with students that satisfy varied needs. Ed Beck and Jennifer Jensen, co-leads of the SUNY Oneonta OER Initiative, will discuss how they are trying to learn from their students and faculty to make both the process of OER creation and the resulting projects more responsive and accessible for teachers and learners alike.

Panel: Data Management, 12:45P – 1:30P

Presentation 1: The Library as a Central Hub for Research Data Management Services

Speakers: Jessica Koos & Claire Payne, Stony Brook University Libraries

Over the past several years, Stony Brook University stakeholders from across campus have come together to coordinate SBU’s research data efforts. Even while the University Libraries does not currently have a full-time data specialist, a group of librarians has been able to creatively work together to continuously grow the suite of research data-related services we offer. In this presentation, Claire and Jessica will discuss these collective efforts–including offering workshops across campus and creating a comprehensive research guide highlighting university-wide resources–which have helped position the Libraries as a central hub of RDM information for the university.

Presentation 2: Update on SBU’s university-wide data platform

Speakers: Shafeek Fazal & David Cyrille, Stony Brook University

Abstract coming soon!

Presentation 3: Using data from NIH’s iCite to dynamically provide bibliometric-based decision support

Speakers: Paul Albert and Sarbajit Dutta, Weill Cornell Medical

Leaders at academic medical institutions often lack decision support for allocating scarce resources and opportunities to their faculty. The NIH’s iCite service offers a validated foundation to gauge the influence of a given person’s scholarly output. iCite outputs a Relative Citation Ratio for an article in a way that is field-weighted and benchmarked by year. As described in a recently published PLOS One paper, ReCiter is an open source publication management system. With this initiative, we will use data from iCite and ReCiter to programmatically produce metrics speaking to a person’s scholarly influence as compared to intra-institutional and extra-institutional peers.

Presentation: SUNY Brockport’s migration from Bepress to SUNY’s SOAR, 1:35P – 1:55P 

Speakers: Dana Laird, Mary Jo Orzech, Pam O’Sullivan, & Ken Wierzbowski, SUNY Brockport

SUNY’s SOAR repository provided the opportunity to move from a commercial digital platform (bepress) to a less costly openly available alternative. A small campus implementation team worked with OLIS under a tight 12 week deadline to migrate 11,000+ items to 2 new instances – SOAR and SDR. Preliminary work included analyzing existing collections, prioritizing order of moves, defining structure, and developing new collection development standards. Process involved metadata clean up, conversion, and multiple data integrity checks. The new repository instance was online by early September and is simple, spare, and serviceable. Next steps, future maintenance, and assessment will be outlined.

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