Coming out of your silo: Leveraging cIRcle to increase your academic impact


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cIRcle is UBC’s open and digital repository for showcasing your research and teaching materials to the world. Whether you are a faculty, staff, post-doc, graduate, or undergraduate student at UBC, cIRcle is your database! This presentation showcased some exciting work at UBC by student and faculty researchers and how it can be accessed on cIRcle. The speakers also presented some of the benefits of including your work in UBC’s digital repository, and some awards that you could be eligible to win as a student, faculty or staff member. This session took place on October 21, 2010 in the Lillooet Room of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. [Note: The PDF file contains an embedded video on slide 42 which is available as a separate mp4 file below].

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Coming out of your silo: Leveraging cIRcle to increase your academic impact

  1. 1. Coming out of your siloLeveraging cIRcle to increase your academic impact Hilde Colenbrander, Francisco Grajales, & Meghan Radomske October 21st, 2010 | UBC Open Access Week Inspiring Knowledge Creation, Exploration and Discovery FROM HERE
  2. 2. What is your place of mind regarding yourresearch?How many papers do you write in a year?How many of these get published?What happens to all the others?Is this fair to you, your colleagues, and yourfaculty?
  3. 3. cIRcleExperiences from the fieldThe GSS cIRcle Open Scholar AwardThe Innovative Dissemination of ResearchAwardFuture DirectionsDiscussion
  4. 4. A database for the UBC community and itspartners:◦ for the published and unpublished scholarly materials that you createAll materials in cIRcle are openly accessibleon the webcIRcle is a service of the UBC Library
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  6. 6. Pilot project in Spring 2007Full Library service in Spring 2009
  7. 7. Openly accessible on the webIncreased visibility and readershipImproved indexing and hence findabilityMultidisciplinary inquirySerendipitous discovery and collaboration
  8. 8. Recruiting toolClassroom teaching toolStable URLs / linksManagement and preservation of digitalmaterialsOpen Access mandates (e.g. CIHR) With acknowledgements to SMARTech at Georgia Tech
  9. 9. A database built on Open Source software(DSpace)Organized into Communities and CollectionsFiles are uploaded into CollectionsIndexed by Google and other search enginescIRcle tracks usage statistics
  10. 10. Usage stats
  11. 11. The vision: to create an international,publicly available showcase for UBCresearchIt’s part of Place and Promise, UBC’sstrategic plan
  12. 12. ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories)currently lists 1920+ repositories around theworld Australia: 61 Brazil: 73 Canada: 59 Germany: 123 India: 58 South Africa: 28 UK: 179 USA: 343
  13. 13. Digital materials:◦ Research papers◦ Conference and workshop papers◦ Theses and dissertations◦ Exemplary student projects (selected by academic units)◦ Unpublished reports and working papers◦ Books, chapters and sections◦ Datasets◦ Learning objects◦ Multimedia and audio-visual materials
  14. 14. Atlas of BC record screen: cover page of Atlas
  15. 15. Copyright owner retains copyrightcIRcle requires a non-exclusive license todistribute (from rights holder)Optional: attach a Creative Commons licenseto your work in cIRcle
  16. 16. More than 28,500 items26,100+ theses and dissertationsTop item in cIRcle has been viewedmore than 4,000 times(since December 2009)
  17. 17. Retrospective Digitization Project◦ More than 33,500 UBC theses and dissertations since 1920s◦ Showcase past UBC students’ unique projects & promote contemporary research◦ Currently includes over 22,800 theses & dissertations from 1974-1987 & 1992-2006
  18. 18. ◦ First graduate degrees issued in 1919 to Ruth Fulton and Isobel Harvey◦ 6 out of first 10 UBC Masters degrees were earned by women◦ Fulton’s thesis has been viewed nearly 200 times from the US, Canada, China, Austria, Switzerland, & Kenya
  19. 19. ◦ All UBC theses & dissertations encouraged to be submitted electronically to cIRcle◦ Over 3200 available◦ Most accessed? “Canadian women and the (re)production of women in Afghanistan” by Melanie Butler with over 2500 views since April
  20. 20. Social, Ecological, Economic, Development Studies ◦ Unique academic program ◦ Students, staff, & faculty collaborate on campus sustainability issues from climate change to waste management ◦ Over 500 student projects featuring 3000 contributors since 2000—saved UBC $200,000
  21. 21. ◦ cIRcle preserves and showcases over 170 of these projects◦ Adam Rucker’s project has been viewed over 650 times in the last 6 months
  22. 22. Professor Judith LynamSchool of Nursing:◦ “As an investigator who is taking up an ‘integrated KT’ approach to dissemination—it is helpful to have some additional ways to refer to work (e.g. reports) that are developed for a broader audience than the typical audience for peer reviewed publications”.
  23. 23. Emeritus Professor R.G. MatsonLaboratory of Archaeology:◦ “cIRcle is searchable, has good use information, and, above all is reliable, in our world of constantly changing URLs.”◦ “We are impressed [with] the number of downloads recorded in cIRcle, indicating that it has a far wider circulation than we realized.”
  24. 24. The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award
  25. 25. Recognizes and rewards innovative waysof communicating researchStudents, faculty and staff are eligibleFirst winner, March 2010: Cycling RoutePlanner, Michael Brauer and his teamAwarded annually by UBC Library
  26. 26. Enabling you to use cIRcle as your databasemanagement system:◦ Store your research output in cIRcle◦ Create easy access to your research from your web site◦ We take care of long term accessibility and preservationStreamlining uploading proceduresMaking all UBC research publicly availablethrough a single web portal
  27. 27. How many papers have you written and savedin your hard drive?What is stopping you from adding them tocIRcle?What would it take for you to put them up?
  28. 28. Hilde Colenbrander◦ hilde.colenbrander@ubc.caFrancisco Grajales◦ cisco@franciscograjales.comMeghan Radomske◦