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Tuesday, July 27

8:00am PDT

T11- FAIR for Data and Texts Not in the Open: Overcoming Legal, Technological, and Economic Barriers

FSCI courses are now closed. Course attendees must go to the course OSF page do see course materials and Zoom links.


The rise of applied data science, digital humanities, machine learning, and artificial intelligence has resulted in an increased need for computational access and reuse of research data and publications. Researchers have begun to build FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) and open data practices for data they are generating; however, much computational research requires access to existing structured and well-curated texts and data from proprietary sources that don’t currently meet the FAIR standard. To accomplish this, many researchers are partnering with libraries, which frequently have long-term subscription access to such resources, to gain computational access and rights to reuse for text and data mining (TDM) and machine learning purposes.

Negotiating for such access and rights poses technical, economic, and legal challenges. In some cases, researchers have to negotiate access and reuse at the individual research group or project level. In this course, we will interactively explore these issues through case studies from real-life examples and share resources and tips that will help researchers, librarians, and vendors to “move the needle” toward FAIR data. The joint effort of researchers, librarians, and vendors will be required to sustainably ensure that resources move towards FAIR standards, and that researchers can share their own research output FAIRly.

Class activities include:
  • Small-group critique of license terms for computational access and reuse of publications and databases.
  • Mock negotiation between researchers/librarians and vendors.
  • Hands-on practice accessing a database through publicly available API services (e.g., Crossref, PubChem) and comparison with other computational access models.
  • Group discussion of cutting-edge questions on computational access and reuse. 

Tuesday, July. 27
8-9AM: First session
4-5PM: REPEAT First session
Thursday, July. 29
8-9AM: Second session
4-5PM: REPEAT Second session
Tuesday, Aug. 3
8-9AM: Third session
4-5PM: REPEAT Third session

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Ye Li

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laura Hanscom

Head of Scholarly Communications and Collections S, MIT Libraries

Katie Zimmerman

Director, Copyright Strategy, MIT Libraries
Katie Zimmerman is the Director of Copyright Strategy at the MIT Libraries and a licensed attorney in Massachusetts. She focuses on copyright and licensing issues for libraries and universities.

Tuesday July 27, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
T11 Classroom

8:00am PDT

T12 - Reproducibility for everyone: a train-the-trainer course for teaching reproducibility tools and methods

FSCI courses are now closed. Course attendees must go to the course OSF page do see course materials and Zoom links.


An ecosystem of tools and methods for improving the rigor and reproducibility of research is thriving. Information professionals at research institutions must stay informed about what tools are available and how they compare. Ideally, they can also onboard researchers to kickstart their adoption. However, developing quality curriculum to train researchers on new tools requires expertise in the tool itself, which leaves many researchers without training on tools that may benefit their research.

This course will train participants to run hands-on, quality modules designed to onboard researchers to four free, open source tools. Participants will experience the module, practice the exercises, and explore the training material needed to run the module themselves. An instructor guide that includes the module outline, objectives, description, frequently-asked-questions, pre- and post- participant surveys, target audience, and instructions for running a successful module is included for each tool taught.

This course will train participants to run modules on unique aspects of reproducibility for researchers:
  • Data management
  • Electronic lab notebooks
  • Organizing and sharing protocols
  • Reagent sharing
  • Bioinformatics tools
  • Data and code sharing
  • Data visualization and analysis
  • Designing figures with images
Many FSCI participants already run short-duration training events at their institution. This course is ideal for those FSCI participants who wish to improve the quality and variety of the training they already offer to researchers. Participants who do not currently run short-duration training events at their institutions would benefit from the course by learning an accessible and efficient way of getting started with these modules.

For participants of last year’s version of this course, “Open source tools for everyone: a train-the-trainer course for teaching 4 open research tools”, these modules are new but designed to be interoperable with the modules taught at FSCI 2020.

Note: there are no repeat session for this class. 
Tuesday, July. 27
8-9AM: First session
Thursday, July. 29
8-9AM: Second session
Tuesday, Aug. 3
8-9AM: Third session


Ruchika Bajaj

University of California San Francisco
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Jeremiah Pietersen

Manager: Learning and Training, Stellenbosch University Library

Robyn Price

Imperial College London
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Vicky Rampin

ResearchDataManagement & Reproducibility Librarian, New York University

Hao Ye

University of Florida

Tuesday July 27, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
T12 Classroom

8:00am PDT

T16- Data Utopia: Building a FAIRer Future in Research Data Management

FSCI courses are now closed. Course attendees must go to the course OSF page do see course materials and Zoom links.


Are you providing a research data management (RDM) service or services? Do you think RDM would benefit from more Open and FAIR Data? But do you feel like you are constantly reacting to the needs or researchers, the growing variety of software and tools, and the shifting policy landscape, but you are never able to stop and think about strategy? Well this is the workshop for you!

These hands-on virtual sessions will allow those who are RDM service providers – librarians, IT managers, data protection officers, project officers and managers, trainers, research administrators – to have a rare opportunity to really look at the big picture of RDM strategy and progress. The immense added benefit is that they can do so alongside other RDM service providers, thus revealing common challenges, recurring themes, shared goals, and cross-cutting solutions which all can take away and implement.

In this course we will use an adapted version of the Future Search workshop concept to explore three key areas: challenges, future vision, and implementing solutions. In the first session we will identify challenges in RDM service provision and then look together at the common themes that emerge. In the second session we will be really creative and imagine a utopian future where RDM in universities and research institutes is perfect and FAIR! In the third session we will look at how we can move towards that perfect world today, how we can overcome the challenges, and what practical ideas have worked so far.

Taken together these three sessions will allow a space for RDM service providers to really reflect on the current issues they collectively face, and how the principles of Open Research and the guidelines of FAIR data can be included in strategy management going forward.

Tuesday, July. 27
8-9AM: First session
10-11PM: REPEAT First session
Thursday, July. 29
8-9AM: Second session
10-11PM: REPEAT Second session
Tuesday, Aug. 3
8-9AM: Third session
10-11PM: REPEAT Third session

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Emma Harris

HEI Initiative Manager
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Katarzyna Biernacka

Researcher, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Tuesday July 27, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
T16 Classroom
Wednesday, July 28

8:00am PDT

W24- Getting attention and bringing others on board: Applying basics in marketing and communications to advance open research

FSCI courses are now closed. Course attendees must go to the course OSF page do see course materials and Zoom links.


Getting the attention of faculty, students, decision-makers, and others and convincing them to break out of long-established habits to try something new is a defining aspect of work in scholarly communications. The future of open research is dependent on our ability to change behaviours.

Putting compelling messages in front of the right audiences is a practiced art and science in marketing and communications. The world’s biggest brands are masters at convincing us our shampoo is bad for our hair and to buy more sugary soda – or that specialised indoor bicycle, though we just got rid of the last one.

Social Marketing, which long precedes social media, is the application of commercial marketing principles and practices to effect social and behavioural change. The same systems for understanding an individual’s needs and pains, for communicating to them in their world, on their terms, and convincing them to attempt a change in behaviour can be used to promote adoption of open research practices as well as bacon double cheeseburgers.

This course will explore the basics of marketing strategy and their application in the research environment – advancing open research or any other type of behaviour change.

There are no repeat sessions for this course - if you cannot join these sessions live, you must watch the session recordings
(All times Pacific)
Wednesday, July. 28
8-9AM: Session 1
Monday, Aug. 2
8-9AM: Session 2
Wednesday, Aug. 4
8-9AM: Session 3

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Jennifer Gibson

Head of Open Research Communication, eLife Sciences Publications
Jennifer is a non-profit executive and board member with 15 years’ experience driving openness in research through advocacy and leadership. Her track record encompasses leading teams, designing strategies, and engaging communities of researchers, funders, institutions and publishers... Read More →

Wednesday July 28, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
W24 Classroom

9:00am PDT

W27- Why Standards and Best Practices Make Scholarly Communications Better and How You Can Help, Whether You’re a Novice or Seasoned Professional

FSCI courses are now closed. Course attendees must go to the course OSF page do see course materials and Zoom links.


Scholarly communication, as a community encompassing many stakeholder groups, relies heavily on the "communication" aspect, as we work together to develop the processes, tools, and policies needed to improve throughput and effectiveness. Development and application of standards and best practices are a huge part of ensuring that scholarly communication supporters aren't "reinventing the wheel" — that we are finding sustainable, interoperable, consensus-developed solutions wherever possible.

But how are information standards and best practices developed? How can scholarly communications professionals identify what standards are needed, contribute to their development, foster their adoption, and assure their maintenance? This training session will examine — through presentations, group discussions, and exercises — the ingredients that make industry standards as effective and useful as possible. Students will leave feeling confident that they have the understanding and knowledge they need to contribute to improving best practices for both their own organization and the wider information community.

Topics to be covered include:
  • An introduction to information standards, standards development organizations (SDOs), and the role that consensus plays - why, what, how?
  • Building consensus in information standards development — with guest lecturers representing the three main NISO stakeholder groups - librarians, publishers, and the vendors who serve them. Additional discussions will take into account stakeholders in other industry SDOs.
  • Information standards in the community - who’s using what and why, exemplars from an array of SDOs and different stakeholder groups
  • How to be an “information standardista” - what are the right standards for you and your organization to adopt, what do you need to implement them, where can you find more information, what else do you need? How do you know when it’s necessary, or better, to propose a new standard?

(All times Pacific)
Wednesday, July. 28
9-10AM: Session 1
5-6PM: REPEAT Session 1
Monday, Aug. 2
9-10AM: Session 2
5-6PM: REPEAT Session 2
Wednesday, Aug. 4
9-10AM: Session 3
5-6PM: REPEAT: Session 3

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Nettie Lagace

Associate Executive Director, NISO - National Information Standards Organization
Nettie Lagace is the Associate Executive Director at NISO, where she is responsible for facilitating the work of NISO's topic committees and development groups for standards and best practices, and working with the community to encourage broad adoption of this consensus work. Prior... Read More →
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Alice Meadows

Director of Community Engagement, NISO
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Todd Carpenter

Executive Director, NISO
Wine, food, wine, Standards, running, wine, food, wine.http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8320-0491

Wednesday July 28, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
W27 Classroom
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