Over the past few months, I have been delving into the literature on research ethics, scientific integrity, the responsible conduct of research, whatever your preferred term may be. The fact is that there isn't much clarity in the research on how research is conducted, prioritized, funded, disseminated, and evaluated. Much of my work in providing data services comes back to this notion of data integrity and the integrity of the scholarly record. While I am no philosophy of science or history of science expert, I find this discussion fascinating. The conversation about how politics and culture shape research is one that every undergraduate and graduate student doing research in higher education institutions should be exposed to.
Updated Oct 13, 2015 by hcoates
IUPUI students, staff and faculty submitted 1,595 items to IUPUI ScholarWorks during the 2014-2015 academic year. Not bad. We're excited to see the repository grow. I suspect that we'll surpass 6,000 items before the month of September ends.
During that year we also saw a 25% increase in unique visits and a 12% increase in page views--in fact, April 2015 was our busiest month of all time: 26, 880 page views.
We have a short list of "old stand bys" that drive a large portion of our web traffic, but (from time to time) I also like to look at recent submissions to see what's hot. These are new works that are attracting a lot of recent web traffic--while that's no guarantee that people will continue to search for these items, someone is looking for them now and we're glad that IUPUI ScholarWorks can make them discoverable.
Here's the list of the current top ten most viewed items submitted in the 2014-2015 academic year:
Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian
The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute will offer four full scholarships to the 2015 Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT) Institute which will take place on IUPUI’s campus from Monday, July 27th through Friday, July 31st.
To apply for the scholarship, please send a 1-2 page letter of application to email@example.com by May 22. In the letter, clearly outline how attendance at the HILT Institute will assist you in your current or future research or professional development in the arts or humanities. Please attach a 2-page CV to the email.
All full-time tenured and tenure-eligible faculty from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply. Under certain circumstances, non-tenure-track faculty members whose evaluation criteria include research or creative activity may also be eligible with an explanation in a letter of support from their chair or dean.
Updated May 21, 2015 by Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship
I use Zotero a lot, but not as much as some. For those of you out there who find your 300 MB of free file storage dwindling, connecting Zotero to a cloud storage service via its file sync feature is a great way to avoid paying Zotero for additional storage. The solution detailed in this post uses Box. If you don’t have an account with Box through your institution, then you can sign up for a personal account, which provides 10 GB of file storage.
Once you have set up your account with Box, you will need to install Box Sync on your machine. Login to your Box account. Click on your profile name in the upper right hand corner and select Get Box Sync:
Updated Apr 24, 2015 by Social Sciences & Digital Publishing Librarian
As Sunshine Week comes to a close, I cannot help but think about the similarities between open access to scholarly information and the push for increased transparency in our government. I am certainly not the first person to draw parallels between the two, but the conversion usually focuses on public access plans for federally-funded research, such as those required by the NSF and the NIH. The similarities I see run deeper than funding agency mandates.
For those unfamiliar with Sunshine Week, it is a non-partisan effort that seeks to improve the lives of individuals and strengthen communities through increasing access to government information. This is a goal that I am sure many of us in academia find laudable, but what about access to our own scholarship? Surely people stand to benefit from access to this scholarship in many of the same ways that they benefit from open access to government information.
Updated Mar 20, 2015 by Social Sciences & Digital Publishing Librarian
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), voted to support net neutrality. Briefly, net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs), like AT&T and Verizon, can not create high speed Internet highways for websites and other online content, in exchange for money. At the moment, Facebook, Netflix, and the IUPUI University Library website all come to you at the same speed. High speed Internet highways could favor some websites over others for the right price. Net neutrality reinforces the concept that more and more, in a ever-growing digital world, access to the Internet (and the services it provides) is becoming a necessity and everyone should have equal access to it. All of it.
Updated Feb 27, 2015 by Digital Humanities Librarian
Updated Feb 22, 2015 by Sciences Librarian
Like many faculty across campus, I am in the process of completing my FAR (faculty annual review). This product is something created solely for university purposes and only slightly overlaps with my personal process for reflecting on the previous year and planning for the next. I'm going to skip past the criticisms of the system to get to my point - that this process exists to help us improve. Most of the year, I rush from deadline to deadline, rarely meeting or exceeding my own expectations in this frantic pursuit of accomplishment. Last year in particular, this feeling was prevalent. Looking back, I am proud of what I accomplished but not of the path I chose to get there. This year, I resolve to do better, to achieve a better balance of work, home, and social life. These are some of the things that have inspired me and tools I will be trying out. I hope these are helpful for those of you who, like me, are not entirely satisfied with how your life progressed in 2014.
Updated Jan 15, 2015 by hcoates
Like many others I’ve fallen into the rabbit hole that is Serial. For those not yet hooked, it’s a spinoff of NPR’s This American Life. A real life who-done-it or perhaps better, a real life are-we-sure-the-State’s-case-proves-that-the-guy-who got convicted-actually-done-it. Serial’s creators describe the podcast as, “we’ll follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. And we won’t know what happens at the end til we get there.” Its first season presents a riveting 12-episodes that examine past and new evidence for the now 15 year-old murder trial of Adnan Syed, with some of the new “evidence” surfacing only as a result of the podcast.
Updated Jan 13, 2015 by Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship
Ever wondered what the top 10 cited academic articles of all time look like? How about the top 100?
A study (Van Noorden et al.) investigated this very topic using citation data provided by Thomson Reuters. According to their analysis, the top cited paper of all time is an article on protein research written in 1951 and has been cited 305,000 times. The second most cited article also focused on protein research and received about 200,000 citations. To make it into the top 10 cited articles, one needs about 40,000 citations… the top 100, about 12,000.
On the other side of the spectrum, about half of all articles indexed by Thomson Reuters have been cited 1 or 0 times.
Want to increase your citation rates? Deposit your publications into IUPUI Scholarworks, IUPUI’s institutional repository. Articles placed in institutional repositories are more likely to be read as well as cited.
Updated Dec 02, 2014 by Sciences Librarian