Come Help Us Create Wikipedia and Create Change, Edit by Edit, on February 15, 2023!
Wikipedia has become so central to our lives that we count on it to represent reality, and solid fact. When we encounter a new phenomenon, we check out our trusty online friend for more information. So, it was fascinating to me recently to see the lines blur between fiction and reality, when Wikipedia was used as a visual and social cue in the movie Tár, starring Cate Blanchett, about a famed female conductor. In the movie, one of the clues to the coming turbulence in Lydia Tár’s life is a screen capture of a mystery editor changing items on the conductor’s Wikipedia entry. It looked and felt so real, the filming and Blanchett’s performance so rivetingly vivid, that many people believed the film was a biopic of a real person. As Brooke LaMantia wrote in her article, No, Lydia Tar is Not Real,
“When I left the theater after watching Tár for two hours and 38 minutes, I immediately fumbled for my phone. I couldn’t wait to see actual footage of the story I had just seen and was so ready for my Wikipedia deep dive to sate me during my ride home. But when I frantically typed “Lydia Tar?” into Google as I waited for my train, I was greeted with a confusing and upsetting realization: Lydia Tár is not real…the film’s description on Letterboxd — “set in the international world of classical music, centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer/conductors and first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra” — is enough to make you believe Tár is based on a true story. The description was later added to a Wikipedia page dedicated to “Lydia Tár,” but ahead of the film’s October 28 wide release, that page has now been placed under a broader page for the movie as a whole. Was this some sort of marketing sleight of hand or just a mistake I stumbled upon? Am I the only one who noticed this? I couldn’t be, right? I thought other people had to be stuck in that same cycle of questioning: Wait, this has to be real. Or is it? She’s not a real person?
Wikipedia is central to LaMantia’s questioning! While it’s easy to understand people’s confusion in general, the Tár Wikipedia page, created by editors like you and like me, is very clear that this is a film, at least as of today’s access date, January 20, 2023… On the other hand, did you know you can click on the “View History” link on the page, and see every edit that has been made to it, since it was created, and who made that edit? If you look at the page resulting from one of the edits from October 27, 2022, you can see that it does look like Tár is a real person, and in fact, a person who later went on to edit this entry to make it clearer wrote, “Reading as it was, it is not clear if Lydia actually exists.” Maybe I should write to LaMantia and let her know.
I tell this story to show that clearly, Wikipedia is a phenomenon, and a globally central one, which makes it all the more amazing that it is created continuously, edit by edit, editor by editor. There are many ways in which our own and your own edits can create change, lead to social justice, correct misinformation and more. While it’s easy to get lost in the weeds of minute changes to esoteric entries, it’s also possible to improve pages on important figures in real-life history and bring them into our modern narrative and consciousness. And it’s easy to do!
If you are interested in learning more, and being part of this central resource, we warmly welcome you and invite you to join us on Wednesday, February 15, from 1-2:30 for our 2023 Wikipedia Editathon, part of the University of Calif0rnia-wide 2023 Love Data Week. No experience is required—we will teach you all you need to know about editing! (but, if you want to edit with us in real time, please create a Wikipedia account before the workshop). The link to register is here, and you can contact any of the workshop leaders (listed on the registration page) with questions. We look forward to editing with you!
Coming Soon: Love Your Data, from Editathons to Containers!
UC Berkeley has been loving its data for a long time, and has been part of the international movement which is Love Data Week (LDW) since at least 2016, even during the pandemic! This year is no exception—the UC Berkeley Libraries and our campus partners are offering some fantastic workshops (four of which are led by our very own librarians) as part of the University of California-wide observance.
Love Data Week 2023 is happening next month, February 13-17 (it’s always during the week of Valentine’s Day)!
UC Berkeley Love Data Week offerings for 2023 include:
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (you can also dip into Wikidata at other LDW events)
Textual Analysis with Archival Materials
Getting Started with Qualitative Data Analysis
All members of the UC community are welcome—we hope you will join us! Registration links for our offerings are above, and the full UC-wide calendar is here. If you are interested in learning more about what the library is doing with data, check out our new Data + Digital Scholarship Services page. And, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to data bonding next month!
Supporting open access book publishing at UC Berkeley: Winter 2023 update
The University of California continues to support a variety of ways UC authors can participate in open access publishing. At its heart, open access refers to the free, immediate, online availability of scholarship. Open access materials can be read and used by anyone, without any financial, legal, or technical barriers other than gaining access to the Internet.
But you might be wondering, why is the University of California concerned about trying to make research more openly available and accessible? Well, one fundamental reason is that the research and teaching mission of the UC includes the aim of “transmitting advanced knowledge,” and as part of doing that, our faculty, researchers, and students create and share their scholarship.
This system of scholarly publishing includes traditional or formal publications, such as peer-reviewed academic articles, scholarly chapters or books, and conference proceedings. It also includes emerging publications such as digital projects, data sets and visualizations, and working papers.
Support for Open Access Articles
UC offers a wide range of support to help authors publish scholarly articles. The UC’s Open Access Policies ensure that university-affiliated authors can deposit their final, peer-reviewed research articles into eScholarship, our institutional repository, immediately upon publication in a journal. Once they’re in eScholarship, the articles may be read by anyone for free.
The University of California has entered into 20+ transformative open access agreements or discount arrangements with scholarly publishers. These agreements permit UC corresponding authors to publish open access in covered journals, with the publishing fees being covered in part (or in full) by the UC. Last year there were 420 articles published open access by UC Berkeley authors under transformative open access agreements.
Locally, the Library continues to offer the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII). This program helps UC Berkeley authors defray article processing charges (APCs) that are sometimes required to publish in fully open access journals (note that BRII doesn’t reimburse authors for publishing in “hybrid” journals—that is, subscription journals that simply offer a separate option to pay to make an individual article open access). This past year BRII provided funding for the publication of 75 open access journal articles.
Support for Open Access Books
We know that not all University of California authors are publishing journal articles, and many disciplines—such as arts, humanities, and social sciences—focus on the scholarly monograph as the preferred mode of publishing. Some open access book publishers charge authors (or an author’s institution) a fee in exchange for publishing the book, similar to the practice of open access journal publishers charging an “author processing charge” to make a scholarly article open access.
UC Berkeley is supporting authors who wish to publish their books open access. The library provides funding assistance and access to publishing platforms and tools for UCB authors to make their books open access.
Berkeley Research Impact Initiative
Above we mentioned how the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative helps UC Berkeley authors publish articles in fully open access journals. BRII funding can also be used to help authors pay book processing charges (up to $10,000/book) so that their monographs can be published open access. In the last year, several UCB-authored books have been published open access in part due to BRII funding support.
- Susan Fawcett from The University and Jepson Herbaria published A Generic Classification of the Thelypteridaceae with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
- Chris Hoofnagle from UC Berkeley Law School published Law and Policy for the Quantum Age with Cambridge University Press.
- Asad Q. Ahmad from the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures published Palimpsests of Themselves: Logic and Commentary in Postclassical Muslim South Asia with University of California Press.
- Daniel Boyarin from the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric published The Cultural Legacy of the Pre-Ashkenazic Jews in Eastern Europe with University of California Press.
In March 2021, UC Berkeley Library entered into an institutional open access book agreement with Springer Nature. The partnership provides open access funding to UC Berkeley affiliated authors who have books accepted for publication in Springer, Palgrave, and Apress imprints. This means that these authors can publish their books open access at no direct cost to them. The agreement covers all disciplines published by Springer. All the books are published under a Creative Commons Attribution license for free access and downloading. In the last year, several UCB-authored books have been published open access as a result of the UCB-Springer agreement.
- Erin Murphy-Graham from the Graduate School of Education published Life Skills Education for Youth with Springer.
- Karl van Bibber from the Department of Nuclear Engineering published The Search for Ultralight Bosonic Dark Matter with Springer.
- William Paul Fisher Jr. from the Graduate School of Education published Person-Centered Outcome Metrology with Springer.
- Alexandre Bayen from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences published Control Problems for Conservation Laws with Traffic Engineering with Springer (Birkhäuser).
- Natasha Distiller from the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies published Complicities – A Model for Subjectivity in the Psychological Humanities with Springer (Palgrave Macmillan).
University of California Press
UC Berkeley Library continues to support open access book publishing via Luminos, the open access arm of the University of California Press. The Library membership with Luminos means that UC Berkeley authors who have books accepted for publication through the UC Press can publish their book open access with a heavily discounted book processing charge. When combined with additional funding support through BRII, a UC Berkeley book author could potentially publish their book open access with the costs being covered fully by the Library. Luminos books are published under Creative Commons licenses with free downloads.
The UC Berkeley Library hosts an instance of Pressbooks, an online platform through which the UC Berkeley community can create open access books, open educational resources (OER), and other types of digital scholarship. In the last year, Christopher Jelen from the Department of Ancient Greek & Roman Studies published A Few Stories in Attic Greek: Adapted to Accompany Hansen & Quinn (11-20). The book is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.
Educational Workshops on open access book publishing
The Office of Scholarly Communication Services OSCS continues to offer a bi-annual Pressbooks workshop and demo where participants can learn how to navigate the platform and create and publish their own eBooks and open educational resources. (Note: the next Pressbooks workshop is coming up on February 8, 2023. Sign up now if you’re interested!)
Every year during the fall semester OSCS hosts an author panel to unpack the process of turning a dissertation into a book. One of the topics discussed during the panel are options for open access publishing. Here’s a recording of last year’s panel discussion.
We also talked with an author about their experiences in publishing a book open access with Springer.
UC supporting broader ecosystem of open access book publishing
At the systemwide level, the UC is supporting several open access book publishing ventures, including Opening the Future and the University of Michigan Press’ Fund to Mission. In general, these models secure investments from libraries or other stakeholders, and agree to publish some or all of their frontlist books open access, with limited or zero direct cost to the authors. The backlist books are made accessible to participating institutions. The UC has also supported projects such as the Open Library of Humanities, Knowledge Unlatched, the Directory of Open Access Books, Open Education Network, and other initiatives.
In this post, we highlighted several ways that the University of California—and specifically UC Berkeley—is supporting scholarly authors to create and share open access books. In addition to providing financial assistance, platforms, and publishing guidance, the Library is committed to promoting the broader OA book publishing ecosystem. We’ll continue to explore a variety of approaches to support the UC Berkeley community (and beyond) who wish to publish books on open access terms.
If you’re interested to learn more about how you can create and publish an open access book, visit our website or send an email to email@example.com.
Upcoming Workshop: Can I Mine That? Should I Mine That? A Clinic for Copyright, Ethics & More in TDM Research
Workshop Date/Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 11:00am–12:30pm
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If you are working on a computational text analysis project and have wondered how to legally acquire, use, and publish text and data, this workshop is for you! We will teach you 5 legal literacies (copyright, contracts, privacy, ethics, and special use cases) that will empower you to make well-informed decisions about compiling, using, and sharing your corpus. By the end of this workshop, and with a useful checklist in hand, you will be able to confidently design lawful text analysis projects or be well positioned to help others design such projects. Consider taking alongside Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects.
Please sign up today and join us online on March 8.
Upcoming Workshop: Publish Digital Books and Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
Workshop Date/Time: Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 11:00am–12:30pm
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If you’re looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You’ll leave the workshop with a project already under way! Signup at the link above and the Zoom login details will be emailed to you.
Please sign up today and join us online on February 8.
Workshop Reminder—Copyright & Fair Use for Digital Projects
Workshop Date/Time: Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 11:00am–12:30pm
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Please sign up today and join us on November 8.
Workshop Reminder—How to Publish Open Access at UC Berkeley
Workshop Date/Time: Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 11:00am–12:30pm
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Please sign up today and join us on October 25.
Event Reminder—From Dissertation to Book: Navigating the Publication Process
Panel Date/Time: Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 11:00am–12:30pm
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Are you a faculty member or student thinking about publishing a book based on your dissertation or other scholarship? The Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication Services is hosting a panel discussion with speakers who have generously agreed to share experiences and information on the process of publishing a scholarly book.
Joining us will be:
- Raina Polivka, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Music, Cinema, and Media Studies at the University of California Press. She joined the UC Press in 2015 and acquires scholarly and general interest books in Music, Film, and Media Studies.
- Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley this fall, he taught sociology and Latino Studies at Northwestern University. Michael is the author of the recent book Figures of the Future: Latino Civil Rights and the Politics of Demographic Change. It’s an in-depth look at how U.S. Latino advocacy groups are using ethno-racial demographic projections to bring about political change in the present. Figures of the Future was published by Princeton University Press in 2021.
- Rachel Brooke, Senior Staff Attorney at Authors Alliance. Authors Alliance is nonprofit organization which representing the interests of authors who want to take advantage of the digital age to share their creations with readers, promote the ongoing progress of knowledge, and advance the public good. Rachel has also worked as a literary agent in a small New York City agency.
Our goal with the conversation is to demystify the monograph publishing process, and to give participants practical advice on what it’ll take to revise your dissertation, how to develop a book proposal, tips for interacting with editors, how to address legal considerations, and much more.
Please sign up today and join us on October 18!
University of California Research Data Policy: a few things to know
University of California Research Data Policy: a few things to know
The University of California Office of the President recently announced an updated Research Data Policy, effective July 15, 2022. The new policy complements the original policy from 1958. It re-confirms that research data are owned by the University but outlines how University Researchers may use the data generated or collected in the course of their research. While most researchers likely will find that the updated policy doesn’t require a complete overhaul of their data stewardship practices, it’s important to understand key terms, conditions, and permissions enabled by the new policy. The policy, however, will help them make decisions around management, retention, data publication, and data transfer. Implementation of this policy at a campus level is currently under development. Additional details are forthcoming.
A few key points:
- The Regents of the University of California own Research Data generated or collected in the course of University Research.
- Research Data include “recorded information embodying facts resulting from a scientific inquiry.” Research Data do not include scholarly & aesthetic works, informal notes, paper drafts, administrative or medical records, and other materials (see policy text for complete list).
- University Research means “research conducted by a Principal Investigator or University Researcher that is within the course and scope of their assigned duties, uses University resources, and/or is funded by or through the University.”
- University Researchers may use the Research Data they generate or collect in order to conduct other research, share with collaborators, publish outcomes, and create scholarly works. The University “supports the free and unfettered dissemination of information, knowledge, and discoveries generated by University Researchers.” As such:
- Principal Investigators (PIs) are the stewards of Research Data, and maintain autonomy about which data should be preserved or dispositioned;
- Researchers may share data as dictated by scholarly/disciplinary standards or data management plans, or legal, funder, or contractual requirements;
- When a University Researcher leaves the UC, they may take copies of the data they generated or collected, as long as it is approved by the PI;
- Neither the University nor University Researchers may assert ownership of Research Data owned by third parties.
Resources and Assistance:
- Please check out Frequently Asked Questions from UCOP.
- Blog post from UCOP: Why the UC Research Data Policy is Important
- When a PI leaves UC Berkeley, the data may be transferred in accordance with local process and a copy may be required to stay at UC Berkeley in the event that other researchers need to continue working on it. For questions about data management and data transfer: Research Data Management Program (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- For questions about data publication and retention: Library Data Services Program (email@example.com)
- For questions about how the Research Data Policy relates to the Copyright Ownership Policy: Office of Scholarly Communication Services
Written by Tim Vollmer, Erin Foster, and Anna Sackmann
Fall 2022 copyright and publishing workshops with the Office of Scholarly Communication Services
With the school year kicking off this week in Berkeley, the Office of Scholarly Communication Services is here to help UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff understand copyright and scholarly publishing with online resources, Zoom workshops, and consultations.
Here’s what’s coming up this semester.
Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 11:00am–12:30pm
RSVP for Zoom link
If you’re looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You’ll leave the workshop with a project already under way.
Copyright and Your Dissertation
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 11:00am–12:30pm
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This workshop will provide you with practical guidance for navigating copyright questions and other legal considerations for your dissertation or thesis. Whether you’re just starting to write or you’re getting ready to file, you can use our tips and workflow to figure out what you can use, what rights you have as an author, and what it means to share your dissertation online.
Managing and Maximizing Your Scholarly Impact
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 11:00am–12:30pm
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This workshop will provide you with practical strategies and tips for promoting your scholarship, increasing your citations, and monitoring your success. You’ll also learn how to understand metrics, use scholarly networking tools, evaluate journals and publishing options, and take advantage of funding opportunities for Open Access scholarship.
From Dissertation to Book: Navigating the Publication Process
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 11:00am–12:30pm
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Hear from a panel of experts—an acquisitions editor, a first-time book author, and an author rights expert—about the process of turning your dissertation into a book. You’ll come away from this panel discussion with practical advice about revising your dissertation, writing a book proposal, approaching editors, signing your first contract, and navigating the peer review and publication process.
How to Publish Open Access at UC Berkeley
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 11:00am–12:30pm
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Are you wondering what processes, platforms, and funding are available at UC Berkeley to publish your research open access (OA)? This workshop will provide practical guidance and walk you through all of the OA publishing options and funding sources you have on campus. We’ll explain: the difference between (and mechanisms for) self-depositing your research in the UC’s institutional repository vs. choosing publisher-provided OA; what funding is available to put toward your article or book charges if you choose a publisher-provided option; and the difference between funding coverage under the UC’s “transformative agreements” vs. the Library’s funding program (Berkeley Research Impact Initiative). We’ll also give you practical tips and tricks to maximize your retention of rights and readership in the publishing process.
Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 11:00am–12:30pm
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This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related digital scholarship questions will make you more confident in your project. We will also provide an overview of your intellectual property rights as a creator and ways to license your own work.
Other ways we can help
In addition to the workshops, we’re here to help answer a variety of questions you might have on intellectual property, digital publishing, and information policy.
- Check out our website for information on issues such as copyright and fair use, text data mining, and how to participate in UC’s Open Access Policy.
- Interested in publishing your research Open Access? UCB Library can help defray the costs of an article processing charge (up to $2,500) or book processing charge (up to $10,000). See the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) for more information. And explore the various UC-wide transformative open access agreements and discounts that can help UC corresponding authors publish their scholarship open access.
- Do you want to create an open digital textbook? Take a look at UC Berkeley’s Open Book Publishing platform (anyone with a @berkeley.edu email can sign up for a free account), and get in touch with us about our Open Educational Resources (OER) grant program.
- Keep an eye on our events calendar for more workshops and trainings.
- Follow our blog, social media, and YouTube channel.
Want help or more information? Send us an email. We can provide individualized support and personal consultations, online class instruction, presentations and workshops for small or large groups & classes, and customized support and training for departments and disciplines.