How I Work Open: Nicole Baker

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Nicole Baker
Research Scientist, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science
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How would you describe your research?

I currently work as a research scientist in a fisheries lab, where I support data collection efforts for a variety of questions about global fisheries. I did my Master’s thesis in Puerto Rico on the status of the conch fishery there. Conch is eaten by a lot of people in the Caribbean, so it’s important to do periodic underwater surveys of things like conch size and number to get a sense of how well the population is doing.

What kind of open work do you do?

I’m an ambassador for MarXiv, which is a free online research repository for the ocean and marine-climate sciences. In that role I give workshops that detail the problems and challenges that the current for-profit publishing system presents, and explain how Marxiv is a resource for addressing those challenges. Continue reading

How I Work Open: Ben Marwick

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Ben Marwick
Associate Professor
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How would you describe your research?

I do Paleolithic archaeology, mainly in Southeast Asia.  This includes looking at the movement of modern humans into that area and how they contribute to populations further down the line. I’m also interested in how they’ve adapted to environmental problems – for example, human behavioral ecology and how they’ve used technology to adapt to changes in the landscape.

What kind of open work do you do?

While part of my archeology work consists of traditional activities like excavation, fieldwork, and surveying, another is part is computer-based. Much of my effort is focused on making the computational work done in the lab open and transparent, because in the field what we’re doing is automatically open. Anyone can come by and see what we’re doing. But in the lab, it’s much harder to engage the public and colleagues in that work.

So I focus my efforts in three areas. The first is in sharing the data – things like measurements we collect with instruments, or observations we make. The second area is making my code and methods open. For me, it’s always possible to have open code, because I’m not going to patent, or copyright anything. But open data is not always something I can achieve. I was just working with an Aboriginal community who asked me not to share the data I gathered. It contained the locations of a bunch of archaeological sites, and they were concerned that those sites would be vulnerable to theft. It would have been unethical to violate the agreement I have with the community and say I don’t care about their concerns. But I make my data open whenever possible. Continue reading

How I Work Open: Justin Marlowe

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Justin Marlowe
Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
Civic Engagement for the 21st Century Endowed Professorship

Spotlight on: Open Textbook Publishing

What kind of open work do you do?
Sharon Kioko and I wrote the first open textbook in the field of public administration, which has been well-received so far. The textbook is based on lecture notes we have written and have been developing for a couple of years.  We’ve sent a final version of the text to Ingram for hard copy distribution, because some students still want hard copies of a traditional textbook. We anticipate the material to stay current for about a year and a half. Continue reading

How I Work Open: Sarah Nelson

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Sarah Nelson
PhD Student
Public Health Genomics

Spotlight on: Public Scholarship

What kind of open work do you do?
I wear two hats–one as a graduate student in the public health genomics program and one as a staff scientist in biostatistics department. My dissertation focuses on the use of genetic information.  As a scientist, I do data analysis and look at ethical and policy issues in research. Continue reading

How I Help Researchers Work Openly: Diana Nelson Louden

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Diana Nelson Louden
Biomedical & Translational Sciences Librarian

Spotlight on: Libraries Support

How can you help researchers who want to work openly?
I like to help biomedical researchers investigate ways they can share their work to increase its visibility and utility.  This could include identifying reputable open access journals, answering questions relating to NIH Public Access Policy compliance, or discussing suitable repositories for sharing their research methods or products. Continue reading

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