How I Work Open: Afroditi Psarra

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Afroditi Psarra
Assistant Professor
Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media

Spotlight on: Digital Arts

What kind of open work do you do?
I am an interdisciplinary artist, scholar and educator working in the field of e-textiles (electronic textiles) by merging traditional crafting techniques (like stitching, knitting, weaving etc) with digital electronics and creative coding. I am inspired by science fiction literature and the idea of the extended body, but also craftsmanship and textile tradition, to create open-source hand-crafted technological artifacts with poetic narratives and retro-futuristic aesthetics. Continue reading

How I Help Researchers Work Openly: Liz Bedford

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Liz Bedford
Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian

Spotlight on:  Libraries Support

How can you help researchers who want to work openly?
I can support authors who are interested in making sure their work has as broad an audience as possible, particularly if they’d like to bring their work out from behind a paywall with Open Access publishing. I can help them think through their OA options, guide them in conversations with their editors about keeping as much copyright as possible, and point them towards sharing platforms for their data. OA publishing does NOT have to be expensive – in my opinion, cost should never be a barrier to either the reader or the author. Continue reading

How I Work Open: Matthew Howard

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Matthew Howard
PhD Student
English Studies

Spotlight on: Community Engaged Research

What kind of open work do you do?
I am a PhD student in English, and my research topics are mobility and racial dynamics that involve mobility.  The open aspect is ambitious at this point but is definitely where I’m leaning.  Mobility has historically been an issue since the 1850s – especially for African Americans.  It’s very apparent that African Americans use the term differently than whites.  Fast forward, in the 1960s and the civil rights movement where a different vocabulary and philosophy emerged about what mobility was.  For instance, bus boycotts were so important because they showed us how autonomy intersects with public transportation as well as with civil right and human rights.  That led me to the Negro Motorist Green Book and Travel Guide.  These were travel guides that African Americans used when they traveled country: they advertised safe places for us to go, where we could get gas and lodging in the Jim Crow era.   Push ahead to the 1990’s and the present where we ask if mobility should be considered a human right.  Is automobility considered a human right? Continue reading

How I Work Open: Anaid Yerena

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Anaid Yerena, PhD
Assistant Professor
Urban Studies Program
University of Washington Tacoma

Spotlight on: Community Engaged Scholarship

What kind of open work do you do?
I’m interested in affordable housing policy, and how community advocates can create more affordable housing.

How would you describe your work to colleagues?
With colleagues, I’ll talk more about the theoretical foundations.  Most people, beyond reviewers, are not too interested in diving deeply into theory.

How would you describe your work to the community?
Sharing my work with community advocates is often a positive affirmation of why I do this work.  In addition, I make my work available via Digital Commons.  I’ve worked closely with Justin Wadland, Head, Media and Digital Collection Librarian at the UW Tacoma Library.  He has helped by reviewing my publishing contracts to making sure versions of my work can be made available. Continue reading

How I Work Open: Julia Parrish

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Julia Parrish
Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences & Biology
Associate Dean of the College of the Environment
Lowell A. and Frankie L. Wakefield Endowed Professorship in Ocean & Fishery Sciences
Adjunct Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Spotlight on: Citizen Science

What kind of open work do you do?
My work focuses on citizen science. I work with people who want to be part of a science team. I pull together rigorous data parameters, then after people gather the data, I give it back out to the community. No one person owns this work, we’re all stewards of the process and the data is made open and available.

How would you describe your work to your colleagues vs. the community?
Sometimes I’ll use “ivory tower language” with colleagues—I slip into language with enough fancy words to be taken seriously. Generally, I try to use plain operational English. I once had a student advisor in my department who came with a background in English. We both used the word “research” but soon realized we meant two very different things. This is why I use metaphor and analogies in my talks regardless of the audience. It avoids creating walls or barriers. Continue reading

How I Help Researchers Work Openly: Maryam Fakouri

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Maryam Fakouri
Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian

Spotlight on: Libraries’ Support

How can you help researchers who want to work openly?
I can help researchers to think through copyright questions by explaining policies and best practices.  If a question touches upon trademark or another related area of law, I can help with that, too.  I also help researchers to understand contractual agreements they may be considering.  Law is just one part of intellectual property (IP) management, though, and I can refer researchers to my colleagues who can help with ancillary tasks such as storing data and creating digital objects for research or teaching. Continue reading

How I Help Researchers Work Openly: Denise Hattwig

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Denise Hattwig
Digital Scholarship + Collections Curator
UW Bothell/Cascadia Library

Spotlight on:  Libraries’ Support

How can you help researchers who want to work openly?
I’m eager to help researchers find the most efficient and impactful ways to do and share their digital scholarship. I can help researchers identify the repositories, archives, and tools best suited to their often complex publishing, preservation, and archiving goals and needs. I also collaborate with faculty on workshops, consultations, and assignment design to involve students with open access concepts and open knowledge production. Continue reading

How I Work Open: Julie Shayne

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Julie Shayne
Senior Lecturer
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
University of Washington Bothell

Spotlight on: Activist Scholarship

How would you describe your research?

My work focuses on gender, feminism, and revolution in the Americas, and incorporates feminist pedagogy, activist scholarship, and documenting hidden histories. I teach how learning, research, and archiving are political, and the ways in which women and marginalized communities in general are left out of the story. Continue reading

How I Work Open: Sarah Ketchley

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Sarah Ketchley
Digital Humanities Projects & Research
Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Newbook Digital Texts

Spotlight on: Digital Humanities

What kind of open work do you do?
I trained as an Egyptologist and developed a fascination for 19th century Nile travel journals. There were plenty of examples on the Internet Archive, but one journal was inaccessible—that of Mrs. Emma B. Andrews. I had to go to the Met Museum to access the journals. I was captivated by Emma’s writing and the picture she paints of Egypt at that time, so I worked to transcribe and encode the diary materials assisted by undergraduate student interns on the Newbook Project. I’ve been gathering related contemporary correspondence, notes, and ephemera from this so-called Golden Age of Nile travel since then. I work closely with Walter Andrews (Research Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization and co-founder of Newbook Digital Texts) and Mary Childs, Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas (co-founder of Newbook Digital) on the Newbook Digital Texts  project. Continue reading

How I Help Researchers Work Openly: Jenny Muilenburg

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Jenny Muilenburg
Research Data Services Librarian

Spotlight on: Libraries’ Support

How can you help researchers who want to work openly?
I help researchers make their research data accessible to a public audience, through tools and tips during data collection, creating a data management plan, finding an appropriate data repository, helping with data documentation to bundle with their data, and more. Continue reading