OA Impact Week: Raising Your Research Profile Workshop Recap

On October 24, 2019, the IU Libraries Scholarly Communications Department partnered with the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, the Center of Excellence for Women & Technology, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs to hold a workshop, “Raising Your Research Profile”  that discussed Open Scholarship at IU as well as opportunities available for faculty and graduate students to increase their research profiles. This presentation was held as part of International Open Access Week, a week for institutions around the globe to facilitate events and initiatives that raise awareness about open access and empower faculty, staff, and students to get involved.

This year’s OA Week theme was  “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge.” The key concepts behind this theme involve the assessment of open information accessibility and the assurance that every individual is able to participate in open scholarship without barriers. These ideas guide much of our work in the Scholarly Communication Department, with particular interest in equity among the open scholarship contributors. It is important to ensure that every individual is able to contribute his/her research to open access sources so that there is a diverse range of materials available. It was this goal that inspired the workshop. We strive to diversify the voices heard in academic research, and in order to do this it is crucial that we include the work of those who are currently underrepresented. IU scholars are creating excellent, ground-breaking research, and it’s important to draw attention to their work and provide them with the tools and services necessary to share it openly.

At the workshop, Scholarly Communication Librarian Sarah Hare discussed the opportunities for faculty and staff involvement with open access at IU, mentioning specifically the CV Service. With this service, IU Bloomington researchers are to make the full-text of their CV open access and available to all via IUScholarWorks. This service enables you to make as many items as possible from your CV open access conveniently and without breaking your existing copyright agreement. Additionally, depositing your work with IUScholarWorks can create opportunities for career advancement, as the visibility of your work is increased. 

Open Scholarship Resident Willa Liburd Tavernier discussed research impact and how you can utilize IUScholarWorks to increase your visibility, which often leads to increased citation rates. Depositors can take advantage of this along with IUScholarWorks’ built-in metrics – which allow you to see how many times you page has been viewed or downloaded – to expand their academic profile. The Scholarly Communication Department can help you create and manage scholarly profiles profile, including Google Scholar and ORCID, track the impact of your work using online tools, and much more

Our hope is that by increasing the visibility of all scholars and their research we can work toward a future where not only is information open, but where participation is open to all. By striving for this equity, we can shape the foundation of our systems for creating and sharing knowledge to be inclusive, diverse, and reflective of users. 

 

Interested in making your scholarship open in our institutional repository? Contact IUSW@indiana.edu

Find the presentation slides in our institutional repository: http://hdl.handle.net/2022/24692

Open Source Spatial Data Through the IU Libraries

This post was authored by Jordan Blekking, a Scholarly Communication graduate student and PhD student in the Department of Geography. 

For those searching for open source spatial data, the Government Information, Maps, and Microform Services (GIMMS) at the Herman B Wells Library can help. GIMMS provides access to a wide range of spatial datasets that provide an array of data from around the world. In particular, GIMMS provides access to two exceptional databases to meet your data needs: IndianaMap and the Big Ten Geoportal.

IndianaMap is the largest publicly available collection of spatial data for the state of Indiana. The data is made available through a collaboration between multiple federal, state, and local governments, organizations, and universities. The Indiana Geological Survey developed and maintains the data collection. Data from all 92 Indiana counties is available on IndianaMap.

IndianaMap tool
An example screenshot from the IndianaMap Map Viewer. The data shown is of the average family size (by US Census Blockgroups) for the entire state of Indiana.

Data layers are organized around eight general themes: Demographics, Environment, Geology, Government, Hydrology, Imagery, Infrastructure, and Reference. Examples of data are Census data cleaned and clipped to the state of Indiana, Wind Power Speed and Density, School districts, Elevation data, Political Boundaries, and much more. Data is available for download, as a Web Map Service (WMS), or viewable on the IndianaMap Map Viewer.

The Big Ten Geoportal provides access to geospatial data and resources selected and curated by librarians and geospatial specialists at twelve research institutions in the Big Ten Academic Alliance, including Indiana University Bloomington. The geoportal provides access to web services, digitized historical maps, and geospatial resources, including GIS datasets. Data available through the Big Ten Geoportal is wide ranging in its subject matter, as well as its geographic extent. The site contains an extensive collection of digitized maps, which would be especially helpful for historians or those with research interests related to history.

Big ten geoportal information
A list of Big Ten Geoportal participating universities and their placement within the region.

Each of these unique data sources allow users the opportunity to spatially integrate data in order to answer questions like: “What types of demographic changes have happened in Indianapolis over the last twenty years?” and “Where should a new grocery store be established?”

Find more open spatial data on our library guide: guides.libraries.indiana.edu/GIS