University to host SUNY scholarly records symposium
April 5, 2011Tweet
Faculty members, researchers and librarians will be able to learn about the latest advancements in the publishing and preserving of scholarly records when Binghamton University hosts a SUNY symposium on the subject April 7.
“Publishing, Promoting and Preserving Scholarship @ SUNY” will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 220A-B of the University Downtown Center. Sessions will discuss emerging trends, innovative research and collaborative tools and partnerships. The symposium comes two years after the University hosted the “New Approaches to Scholarly Communications and Publishing” workshop for its faculty and staff.
“There are now newer applications that we wouldn’t have seen two years ago,” said Elizabeth Brown, scholarly communications and library grants officer for Libraries.
One example is the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE), a video journal for biological and medical research. Moshe Pritsker, CEO and co-founder of JOVE, will speak at the afternoon session of the symposium.
“This is one of the few journals like this,” Brown said. “By having experiments filmed, people can transfer knowledge in their labs from one group to the next.”
Another innovative tool is Mendeley, an academic social network that helps scientists organize research and encourages collaboration. Mendeley community liaison Jessica Mezei will represent the company at the symposium.
A third tool that will be discussed at the symposium is VIVO, an open-source Web portal where researchers can promote their works and discover others’ projects. The application was developed at Cornell University, which is sending VIVO Special Projects Lead Ellen J. Cramer to speak at the event.
Todd Carpenter, managing director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), will deliver the keynote speech at 9:15 a.m. NISO works with libraries, publishers and software developers on information industry standards.
Brown, who is expecting 70 participants from schools within and outside of SUNY, said the symposium also could examine issues such as the Google Book Search scanning project, data-management requirements from groups such as the National Science Foundation and whether SUNY should consider an open-access mandate for campus researchers.
“I think that with SUNY we are going to see more interest in these topics as the Web evolves and people can share information more easily,” she said.
The symposium was one of seven projects for the 2010-11 year to receive funding from the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) Program. Brown submitted the application last March and received approval a month later.
“The goal is to give people inspiration and ideas,” Brown said of the symposium. “I’m also hoping that if we have more dialogue about the issues, people will know where to go. I’ve gotten questions about publishing, but people are not always sure where to ask about resources. There’s a disconnect between the publishers and the researchers to some degree. Libraries can help fill that gap.”