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January 18 – What is the OSF?

February – Love Data Week /or Endangered Data Week

March – Impact of Open

April – Licensing

May – Standards and formats


Fall 2017

December 7  – Working Meeting – Future of the Open Meetup

November 16

Dynamic documents for open science: Lessons from Wikipedia

Pierce Edmiston (PhD candidate in Psychology, Lab homepage)
One of the ways open scientists are making their research more accessible is by publishing findings as dynamic documents, which can be recreated by anyone wanting to verify published research results. In addition to encouraging open research practices, dynamic documents also allow for a new kind of scientific publication–one that can be updated automatically given new data, or rewritten to reflect better interpretations of the data. I refer to this use of a dynamic document as an “evergreen hypothesis”. In introducing dynamic documents and their use as evergreen hypotheses, I will highlight specific lessons that can be learned from Wikipedia and the MediaWiki software, including the wiki markup language. For example, any page on Wikipedia can be edited to include the total number of Wikipedia articles that currently exist by inserting
the template variable {{NUMBEROFARTICLES}}. I’ll expand upon the idea of template variables as it applies to research results, and show some examples of dynamic documents used in this way.

October 19 – future of the group’s activity around OER. Meeting at Memorial Union, see TITU.

Summer Reading Group 2017

See the reading list.

***June 22***
Room 198 – Education Meeting Room, Education Building
Defining Open Research

(rescheduled from June 15)

  • Fecher, Benedikt and Sascha Friesike. “Open science: one term, five schools of thought.” In Opening science, pp. 17-47. Springer International Publishing, 2014.
  • Sidler, Michelle. “Open Science and the Three Cultures: Expanding Open Science to all Domains of Knowledge Creation.” In Opening Science, pp. 81-85. Springer International Publishing, 2014.
  • Bosman, Jeroen and Bianca Kramer. “Defining Open Science Definitions.” In I&M/I&O 2.0, Department of Information and Marketing, University Library Utrecht, March 27, 2017.
July 20
How does Open Research relate to “good science”?
August 17
Practical challenges to Open Research

Spring 2017

May 18
Several updates and shorter topics and an announcement of our summer book selection.

March 16
Open Sourcing Food Safety Protocols, Craig Eley & Rachel Boothby from the Center for the Humanities

See the slides.

For every food product that comes to the aisles of your local grocery store, the FDA and USDA require detailed Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans from food producers that detail how contaminants will be kept at safe levels. Historically, these plans have been proprietary and very expensive, relying on the knowledge of a handful of paid consulting firms. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Center for the Humanities and the Underground Food Collective have partnered on a project to make these protocols more widely available through a website that shares plans with a CC0 license. This project has been led by Public Fellow Rachel Boothby, a PhD candidate in the Geography Department who studies the environmental history of the US food system. In this informal presentation, Rachel and Craig Eley (Assistant Director of Humanities Networks at the Center for the Humanities) will highlight this project and the potential for open data to influence the public humanities more broadly.

No February 2017 Meeting

Fall 2016

December 15
Topic: OER, especially Open Textbooks
Presentation: Steel Wagstaff and Amanda Larson on current activity around open textbooks on campus.

Our campus has developed its very first strategic framework for OER, which we hope will result in improved learning outcomes, greater flexibility for instructors and students, and more affordable instructional materials for students. In addition to developing a strategic framework, staff at L&S Learning Support Services here on campus have also worked closely with Unizin to develop and host Pressbooks a WordPress-based authoring platform designed to help faculty and staff easily develop and publish openly licensed textbooks and other educational material.

November 17

University of Kansas Open Access Symposium

October 20
Presentation by Stephanie Seymour and Eddie Ruiz

Title: The Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology: Communicating Science in the Madison Community

Description: The Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology (JUST) is UW-Madison’s first undergraduate, peer-reviewed journal founded in Fall 2015. JUST was created in order to address a need for increased scientific communication on campus with the goals of allowing undergraduates to gain experience in scientific writing and publication while also providing a medium to communicate their science to the campus and Madison community at large.

September 15
Summer Reading Group discussion

Summer 2016

August 18
Summer Reading Group – “The end of college : creating the future of learning and the university of everywhere” by Kevin Carey. Chapters 9-12, pg. 183-256.

See the reading group notes.

July 21
Summer Reading Group – “The end of college : creating the future of learning and the university of everywhere” by Kevin Carey. Chapters 5-8, pg. 87-182


June 16
Summer Reading Group – “The end of college : creating the future of learning and the university of everywhere” by Kevin Carey. Chapters 1-4, pg.1-86.

See the reading group notes.

Spring 2016

May 19
See the slides from the talk.

Virtual presentation by Robin DeRosa, a professor at Plymouth State University and editor for the journal Hybrid Pedagogy.

Title: Putting the “Public” Back in Public HigherEd: Open Education and the Future of the University

Description: This talk explores the connections between the mission of a public university and the ways in which students and faculty engage with the “public” in our work.  We will cover the main aspects of Open Education, including Open Educational Resources (OER), open pedagogy, and open access to research, and look at examples of how we, as academics, can empower learners, promote the common good, and contribute to a sustainable future for public universities.

April 21
12-1:30 pm
302 Middleton Building

See the meeting notes.

March 17
Discussion on Charles Watkinson talk from 2/19, sharing of resources from the SPARC More meeting including updates to the OSTP public access requirements, Gates Foundation open access policy, new tools, researcher survey results, and models for curating campus content.

See the meeting notes.

February 19
Changing Models of Scholarly Publishing:
Why Should Authors, Librarians, and Administrators Care?
Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing at University of Michigan Libraries and Director of University of Michigan Press.

January 21
Presentations on public access policies, Open Education policies, and UW System policies on content ownership.
Understanding Federal Funding Requirements for Publications + Data by Brianna Marshall
OER Initiatives by Jim Jonas
System and Campus Copyright Policies by Carrie Nelson 

See the meeting notes.

Fall 2015

December 17
End of  year social, end of year Open Meetup recap, Spring meeting preview, visit from Lisa Kietzer (UCLA), and brainstorming of future meeting topics and speakers.

See the meeting notes.

November 19
Overview of OpenCon14 and OpenCon15. Screening and discussion of OpenCon Session videos.

See the meeting notes.

October 15
Discussion of Open Educational Resources – overview by Jim Jonas, Unizin and OER by Carrie Nelson, Open Publishing Tools by Steel Wagstaff.

See the meeting notes.

September 17
Introduction to Open Topics.
Openness and Open Access by Carrie Nelson.
Open Data by Brianna Marshall.
Open Educational Resources by Jim Jonas.

See the meeting notes.

Summer 2015

August 20
Discussion of meeting formats, topic introduction, crowdsourcing of Openness Resources.

See the meeting notes.

July 16
Discussion of June meeting survey results, short sharing from attendees on upcoming or current projects and events.

See the meeting notes.

June 18
First meeting, introductions and discussion of potential meeting topics.