Over the coming months, we’ll be turning the attention of our OpenCon webcasts toward the Humanities and Social Sciences. We’re happy to announce two upcoming webcasts: one in August on the role of Open Data in the Social Sciences, and one in September on the launch of the first fee-free Open Access mega-journal and publishing platform for the Humanities.
On Friday, August 14th, at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/5pm GMT/7pm CEST, Temina Madon, Executive Director of the Centre for Effective Global Action, will outline why Open Data is critical to the Social Sciences. She helped launch the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), which supports opportunities and tools for students and early career researchers to engage in more open, transparent, reproducible science. She will also discuss the Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines, a new set of standards for academic journals.
On Tuesday, September 15th, at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/4pm GMT/6pm CEST, we’ll be joined by Martin Eve and Caroline Edwards for a webcast celebrating the official launch of the Open Library of the Humanities (OLH). Both accomplished scholars, Martin Eve and Caroline Edwards are lecturers at Birkbeck, University of London and serve as editors for the lluvium, an open access journal dedicated to 21st-century literature. They’ll speak about the launch of the OLH, including their innovative model for sustaining a mega-journal in the Humanities, and discuss the role of Open Access in the humanities more broadly.
You can view both webcasts at opencon2015.org/community_webcasts, on this page or through the embedded YouTube links above. You can join the discussion and ask questions on Twitter with the hashtag #opencon. Recordings of each presentation will be available online immediately following the webcast at the same URLs. To ensure you don’t miss out on future online events and discussion, join the OpenCon discussion group below or add us to your calendar.
If you have suggestions for what you’d like to see on future OpenCon webcasts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch over Twitter by tweeting @open_con or via email to Joe[at]righttoresearch.org.