Fostering A Graduate Research Community with Digital Scholarship Programs and Services

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  • special thanks to Kate Mondloch for contributions
  • Established in Eugene, Oregon in 1876R-1 University21000 undergraduate students4000 graduate studentsCollege of Arts and Sciences plus professional schools (Business, Law, Journalism and Communication, Education, Music and Dance)
  • Photo credit: Robert Hill LongGrass-roots community“…an information exchange for University of Oregon faculty and graduate researchers interested in scholarly applications of digital tools and media in the humanities and associated disciplines.”Shared wordpress blog to support co-ownership and authorshipSymposiaWork-In-Progress talks, etc
  • Grad School CIP programDebra Stewart visited UO in 2010
  • RESPONSE --- Graduate Certificate Program in New Media and CulturePrincipal Faculty:  Doug Blandy, AAA and Arts and Administration; Andrew Bonamici, UO Libraries; Allison Carruth, English; Karen Estlund, UO Libraries; John Fenn, Arts and Administration; Lisa Gilman, Folklore/English; Kate Mondloch, Art History; Carol Stabile, SOJC/EnglishSummary:  Funding will support the creation of a certificate program in new media and culture.  The worlds in which scholars now live and work are undergoing rapid and dramatic changes with new media and digital tools.  All these changes affect and alter how research is done, how it is published, and how the products of scholarly research are thought about.  This funding will be used to support creation of an interdisciplinary certificate program that is intended to serve graduate students across the institution.WORKON NEW MEDIA AND CULTURE CERTIFICATE GREW IN PART FROM DIGITAL SCHOLARS GROUP (faculty and grad students)2010-2011: Needs assessment; development of competitive proposal for Innovations In Graduate Educationhttp://gradschool.uoregon.edu/node/171TRACK 1: Enriching Interdisciplinary Learning in Graduate EducationProposals in this track will expand opportunities for graduate education and research that cut across traditional disciplinary, unit or other institutional boundaries.  We selected proposals that have the potential to create novel or niche programs that could give the UO a competitive advantage in attracting an outstanding student body and fostering cutting edge research.2011-2012: CIP Awarded and program launchedGraduate Certificate Program in New Media and CulturePrincipal Faculty:  Doug Blandy, AAA and Arts and Administration; Andrew Bonamici, UO Libraries; Allison Carruth, English; Karen Estlund, UO Libraries; John Fenn, Arts and Administration; Lisa Gilman, Folklore/English; Kate Mondloch, Art History; Carol Stabile, SOJC/EnglishSummary:  Funding will support the creation of a certificate program in new media and culture.  The worlds in which scholars now live and work are undergoing rapid and dramatic changes with new media and digital tools.  All these changes affect and alter how research is done, how it is published, and how the products of scholarly research are thought about.  This funding will be used to support creation of an interdisciplinary certificate program that is intended to serve graduate students across the institution.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEProgram DirectorKate Mondloch, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture Executive Committee 2012-2015Andrew Bonamici, Associate University Librarian for Media and Instruction, UO LibrariesChelsea Bullock, Graduate Student Representative, PhD candidate, English DepartmentAlisa Freedman, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and LiteraturesKate Mondloch, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art and ArchitecturePriscilla Peña Ovalle, Associate Professor, English, Cinema Studies ProgramBish Sen, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and CommunicationSean Sharp, Educational Technologist, School of Architecture and Allied ArtsCarol A. Stabile, Professor, School of Journalism and Communication and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Director, Center for the Study of Women in SocietyJeff Stolet, Professor, School of Music
  • GOALS To provide students with the theoretical, historical, and aesthetic background necessary for the study and practices associated with new media and cultureTo create an interdisciplinary knowledge base for students working at the intersections of new media and cultureTo generate active and engaged practitioners of new mediaTo recruit top graduate students (few institutions currently offer such a certificate program – UO would be a leader in this area)To retain a generation of graduate student “digital natives” who are currently not supported within traditional disciplinesTo provide professional development opportunities for graduate students at both MA and PhD levels that understand that graduate students will pursue multiple career paths.
  • Active and visible web and social media presenceProgram website, blog, twitter, facebook, e-mail newsletterGoals are building community, increasing visibility and understanding on campus, *and* attracting prospective graduate studentsProgram has attention of UO media relations
  • FACILITIES…where faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates can Meet informally, share, and collaborate beyond the boundaries of traditional classroom and departmental office settings. Venues for forums, demonstrations, workshops, work-in-progress talks, etc. Develop rich relationships not only within their departments, but with colleagues across the campus. NETWORKED ENVIRONMENTS AND TOOLS ACCESS TO CONTENTPhysical collectionsDigital collections TOOLS AND SYSTEMS DiscoveryMedia productionPublication in IRPublication in Open Access journals PEOPLETrainingTeaching selected coursesConsultationMedia production, description, access, and preservation Research methods as well as production
  • http://newmediaculture.uoregon.edu/projects/
  • Many thanks to Program Director Kate Mondloch for providing thoughtful observations and perspectives on the benefits, satisfactions, and challenges of NMCCGreatest benefits/satisfaction:- Truly transdisciplinary program—24 students from 10 different departments taking NMCC coursework all over campus.- Innovative curriculum that doesn't extend time to degree: In addition to the pre-approved course offerings in new media, students may petition to substitute other, non-new media courses if the student’s work in the course is centered around the creation or use of a digital research or production tool. For example, a student could petition for a course on Romantic poetry in which the student created an interactive website about Lord Byron to count toward the certificate as an elective.
  • Image source: flickr user mybloodyselfhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mybloodyself/2036051803/in/photostream/Greatest challenges (from Kate)- UO resources (both human and infrastructural) are extremely de-centralized, which makes it extremely challenging to know what we have/don't have, much less how to proceed with strategic planning.- “STARTERS ARE GREAT, BUT THE BENCH IS SHALLOW.” Insufficient high-level coursework, training, and research in new media across campus. Campus experts in such matters are stretched way too thin.NMCC is a collaboration among School of Architecture and Allied Arts, School of Journalism and Communication, and College of Arts and SciencesCurrent academic home base is in A&AA (program director Kate Mondloch, Associate Professor of Art History)Interdisciplinary cross-unit collaborations require extra levels of coordination and administrative attention (budgets, curriculum planning, recruiting instructors, etc.)Everyone thinks this is a great idea, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into commitment of permanent resources. Current version of RCM budget model doesn’t have good incentives for programs like this (although model is under review and we’re hopeful). Risk -- tragedy of the commons effect.Looking ahead: we have undergrads interested in a certificate or minor in Digital Studies similar to NMCC for graduate students. note that some courses at UO are listed as 400/500, so some advanced undergrads are aware that grad students in the class are in the NMCC program). Challenge:Existing undergraduate programs in Media Studies and Cinema Studies are likely to have concerns. Courses:Students from disparate disciplines have different vocabularies, skill levels, etc. Requires instructors to have genuine broad expertise and understanding. Benefit is that students are confronted with other approaches and begin working across boundaries. - Example: First time John R taught digital scholarship course, English and Media Studies revealed very different perspectives. One of the topics in class was digital labor, and the two groups had divergent understandings of Marx.
  • LibQual 2010:“I think the library services are great! Library staff is very helpful and I am grateful for all of the help that I have received.”“I would really like to have access to more journals, especially electronic access.”Graduate Students Working in New Media Focus Group (2011) – (instigated by Karen Estlund and directed by John Russell)Google Books/searchable ebooks, access to tv and films in dbMore media capture technologyMaker Lab: place to play and experiment and build / Play with new interfaces using, e.g., kinect technologyBetter technology for grabbing/collating results from searches and a place to store themStudent-run workshops on new media toolsDigital Scholarship methodology courseSocial networking data visualization to make links among Twitter feeds and TV shows and different peopleLocal interface for sharing research and sharing dataAn institutional space with other students to facilitate collaboration, discussionsDSC interviewsTraining including workshops and credit courses Consulting on tools, best practices, project management, copyright, and grantsGTF appointments, apprenticeships, and internshipsSpace for networking, community, and collaborationServer space to store research and experiment with systemsDigital object creation facilitiesCurrently DoingUsing digitized primary sources,Use mapping tools,Use of annotation tools,Blogs and online publishing,Digital exhibits,Interactive media creation,Data visualizationWould Like to DoAnnotate video,Analyze images,Textual analysis,GIS,3-d visualizations,Online publishing,Digital archivingGradConnect (directed by Nancy Slight-Gibney and Wendy Ames)Intuitive website and discovery tools, LMS, bookscanning, videoconferencing, software lab and help, full text everything, multimedia available, less recalls/longer checkouts, help after 6 pm, point of need workshops, study and collaborative space, community
  • Pilot electronic delivery of library owned articles to grad students,LMS investigationare examining library hours, all loan periods and policies, and recall policies,are in the planning stages for a new catalog and discovery system in 2014have ordered a few laptop lock boxes that will be attached to tables on the 4th floor of Knight LibraryContinually working on website and OneSearchAnother book-eye scanner for the Knight Library
  • Focused service location to address many broader library feedback concerns and support the NMCCDSC Services:Digital Scholarship and Instructional ProjectsOpen Access PublishingDigital CollectionsExperimentation & Education
  • Year 1Digital Architecture and Urban PlanningScholarly Communication & PublishingYear 2TEI encoding with English professor – newspaperCampus cyberinfrastructure needs assessment
  • First three came directly from the needs assessment. The last pilot area both supports the traditional digital collection needs of the library but was chosen to provide asset management for digital scholarship projects and make it easier to link with advanced uses of assets, as well as data management.
  • Develop DSC Curriculum – links with NMCCLIB 607: Issues in Digital Scholarship, 4-credit course, winter term 2013, winter 2014, fills primarily with NMCC studentsClass filled with 11 students from five departments. Generally, students wanted more time for tool experimentation; disciplinary issues were also difficult between groupsLIB 407/507: Data Management, 1-credit course, spring term 2013, LIB 607, spring 2014Course filled within 48 hours, all social science graduate students (3 School/Colleges); survey instead of interviews because students left at end of school year;  “Coming to this class is like going to the gym for my dissertation.”Spring 2014, 20 students and wait list, humanities, history, social scientists, and human physiologyLIB 605: TEI independent study with four students, spring term 2013, created in response to demand from students in LIB 607, resulted in published articlepublication accepted in: “Comparing Marks: A Versioning Edition of Virginia Woolf's 'The Mark on the Wall'” to Scholarly Editing: The Annual of Association for Documentary Editing.ARB 405/LIB 405: Ethiopian Manuscript Digitization, summer term 2013Good exposure for students but issues with quality of work in short term courseLIB 605: systems introduction, command line, html basics, web scraping independent study with six students, spring 2014
  • Support engagement with digital scholarship tools and methodologies - Experimentation OpportunitiesSandbox computers (2), running Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. We will install anything, Large monitor (like in conference room)Amazon Web ServicesHaven’t advertised service, just used word of mouth. Currently 30% FTE from library Systems, increasing to 50% in April 2014. Without someone to answer questions, solve problems, etc., it is too difficult to support. Hoping 50% time will make a difference.Amazon S3 used more for piloting DH tools and services like Scalar and Omeka for library support rather than for direct student access to server
  • Issues:Questions about display, hosting, fontsDB structure, the questions/language to ask a programmer, c-panel, hosting servicesGithubGreatest fear of staff is not being able to answer questionsGreatest benefit of working with graduate students, typically don’t care if you don’t know if you’re willing to work on it with them
  • Graduate Comp Lit GroupGraduate History GroupNMCC open houses / brain shareTalks and Speakers SeriesFood!
  • Community discussion with weekly meetings1-3 mentors assigned to each student not necessarily in the library or at UO Access to DSC when closedConduct Peer-led workshops(all male applicants for first year, 3 media studies, 1 psychology; 3 of 4 NMCC students, 1 media studies student finished coursework before launch of certificate)
  • Food Studies new graduate program, blog to create community and identity
  • Evolve to a more open and flexible digital asset management and preservation infrastructure-- Oregon Digital moves to Hydra (still in development)-- EZID subscription for DOIs
  • Fostering A Graduate Research Community with Digital Scholarship Programs and Services

    1. 1. FOSTERING A GRADUATE RESEARCH COMMUNITY WITH DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Coalition for Networked Information Spring Meeting St. Louis, Missouri March 31, 2014 Andrew Bonamici Associate University Librarian, Media and Instructional Services bonamici@uoregon.edu Karen Estlund Digital Scholarship Center, Head kestlund@uoregon.edu
    2. 2. University of Oregon
    3. 3. UO DIGITAL SCHOLARS
    4. 4. Graduate Education at UO Debra W. Stewart, President Council of Graduate Schools • Nonacademic career pathways for graduate students must be clarified and expanded upon. • Interdisciplinary structures must be attended to and nurtured. Sandi Morgen, Associate Dean, UO Graduate School
    5. 5. New Media and Culture Certificate
    6. 6. NMCC Mission and Goals transdisciplinary theory & criticism methods & production a flexible credential
    7. 7. NMCC Communication and Outreach
    8. 8. NMCC: Library Support • Facilities (DSC and beyond) • Content • Tools and Systems • People • Strategic Alignment
    9. 9. NMCC Student Projects Ghana Think Tank: A Participatory Media Case Study Roya Amirsoleymani Games for Change: A Case Study Ed Parker No More Potlucks: A Case Study Staci Tucker See more at http://newmediaculture.uoregon.edu/projects/ Hyde Park Visual History Project: A Case Study Marissa Laubscher
    10. 10. NMCC Benefits • TRANSDISCIPLINARY • DOESN’T EXTEND TIME TO DEGREE • FLEXIBLE
    11. 11. NMCC: Challenges • Decentralized human resources • Decentralized infrastructure • Need for coordinated strategic planning across multiple schools/colleges • “Great starters, shallow bench.” Experts in new media coursework, training, and research stretched too thin
    12. 12. Services Drawn from Assessment 1. Graduate Students Working in New Media Focus Group -- 2011 2. Digital Scholarship Needs Assessment Interviews -- 2012 3. GradConnect – Active Focus Groups -- 2013 Image: Matt Werner. (2013). Lunch in an Old Bath House. https://www.flickr.com/photos/makemydinner/13287630343/ CC-BY-SA.
    13. 13. Library Service Improvements
    14. 14. Digital Scholarship Center
    15. 15. Graduate Fellowships / Assistantships Strategic Alliance Institutional Priority
    16. 16. DSC Strategic Goals / Pilot Areas 1. Develop digital scholarship curriculum 2. Support engagement with digital scholarship tools and methodologies 3. Foster a community of digital scholars 4. Evolve to a more open and flexible digital asset management and preservation infrastructure
    17. 17. Curriculum: Credit Courses
    18. 18. Engagement: Sandbox and Lab
    19. 19. Engagement: Consulting
    20. 20. Community: Groups & Space Images: Nick Webb. Chemex. https://www.flickr.com/photos/11540081@N05/8284833064/ CC-BY. J. Simic. DSC Tardis.
    21. 21. Community: GraduateAffiliates Project Themes / Interests Open Source Software Development in Brazil Github, Virtual Machines, Digital Publishing, Pedagogy Social Media and Consumer Referral Sites on Mobile Devices Data scraping, social media, mobile technologies Social Media and Activism Data scraping, social media, network analysis “Dirt on Data” Course Data Management, Data Ethics, Pedagogy
    22. 22. Community: Publishing
    23. 23. Digital Asset Management
    24. 24. Alignment with NMCC
    25. 25. LINKS Digital Scholarship Center: http://digitalscholarship.uoregon.edu New Media and Culture Certificate: http://newmediaculture.uoregon.edu UO Libraries: http://library.uoregon.edu University of Oregon: http://uoregon.edu
    26. 26. Contacts Andrew Bonamici Associate University Librarian, Media and Instructional Services University of Oregon Libraries Eugene OR 9703-1299 (541) 346-2682 bonamici@uoregon.edu Karen Estlund Digital Scholarship Center, Head University of Oregon Libraries Eugene, OR 97403-1299 (541) 346-1854 kestlund@uoregon.edu
    27. 27. Discussion

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