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FSCI 2019 Plenary Sessions

Modified: Thu, 26 May 2022 13:50:58 +0000
Published: 26 May 2022

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Monday, August 5

9:00 am – 9:45 am – Welcome Introduction – Palisades Ballroom

Moderator: Marty Brennan, Scholarly Communication Education Librarian, UCLA
Welcome Speakers:

  • Ginny Steel, Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian, UCLA
  • Joe Bristow, Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Academic Senate, UCLA

First thing on Monday morning we will all meet to kick off the Institute. Expect a short introduction, basic logistics information, run over the week's schedule and a brief overview of the plenary events.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Lightning Talks – Palisades Ballroom

Chair/Moderator: Daniel S. Katz, Assistant Director for Scientific Software and Applications NCSA, University of Illinois

This session will consist of reviewed 5-minute talks by FSCI participants.  These short talks are meant to present something the speaker is passionate about, related to scholarly communications.  Talks may be about new technology that might change our lives or vanish without a trace, tell us about a policy that has made a difference somewhere, rants about how the scholarly communications world should be, and other topics.  The talks will inspire us to think and to discuss things that make an impact on scholarly communications.

List of Talks

Tuesday, August 6

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Do-a-Thon Planning Session – Palisades Ballroom

Chair/Moderator: Steve Diggs, CCHDO Technical Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Building off the concept of a hackathon, a do-a-thon is a work-sprint where people from different skill sets work together and collaborate on different challenges and projects. ADD YOUR PROJECT IDEAS HERE.

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Do-a-Thon (the actual "doing") – Palisades Ballroom 

Join in with others and work together on different projects and challenges. No coding skills required! We will have beer, wine and snacks available for participants.

Wednesday, August 7

8:30 am – 12:00 pm – Plenary Session Panel – What if Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society had never existed? Learning from the successes beyond the North Atlantic" – Palisades Ballroom


  • Dan O’Donnell, Professor of English, University of Lethbridge
  • Gimena Del Rio Riande, Researcher, Investigadora Adjunta CONICET in Argentina
  • Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari, Library Coordinator, Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Nigeria
  • Samir Hachani, Lecturer, Algiers University, Algeria 

Much of today’s debate around open access and scholarly communication in Northern America and Europe centres around how well plans developed in one part of this “North Atlantic” region might work in another, or, usually as an afterthought, in the “Global South”. In this session we want to turn this on its head. What would scholarly communication be like if our origin myth did not start in the UK’s Royal Society in London in 1665? Let’s imagine a world where Phil Trans never existed and we instead had developed our systems from the ideas underpinning the success stories of scholarly communications infrastructures and systems from Latin America, Asia and Africa, from beyond the English-speaking world, and from communities not traditionally considered as “scholarly”.

Activities during this plenary will include:

  • Pecha Kucha presentations by Ivonne Lujano (México), Miho Funamori (Japan), Osman Aldiri (Sudan), and Khundar Noor Elahi (Bangladesh)
  • Story exchange
  • Keynote Thomas Hervé Mboa, "Scholarly Communication reimagined from Post Colonies"
Note: In the story exchange, we will be encouraging audience members to share experiences working in Scholarly Communication outside the North Atlantic, in a Non-Anglophone environment, or involving other aspects of difference. Please consider preparing a short (>5min) account of your experiences!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – “Moving the Needle” Roundtable – Palisades Ballroom

Moderator: Danny Kingsley


  • Ginny Steel, Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian, UCLA
  • Alison Scott, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication, UCLA
  • Tom Olijhoek, Molecular Biology Researcher, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communication, Curtin University

Engage in a discussion with a panel pulled together to discuss some of the highest-level recent developments to “move the needle” towards open research and publishing.  Virginia Steel, The UCLA Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian, and Alison Scott, the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication, will discuss the University of California’s negotiations with Elsevier to secure a read and publish contract; Tom Olijhoek will discuss the European Union’s “Plan S” which requires state-funded research output to be Open by 2020; and Cameron Neylon will discuss recent results evaluating how universities are implementing Open Access globally. Who is doing this well? What is driving change, and in what direction? What will these changes mean for the scholarly communication ecosystem?  Come with questions and opinions, and join the discussion.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Battledecks: PowerPoint Karaoke – DeNeve Birch Building 5th Floor Lounge 

Chair/Moderator – Nicky Agate, Assistant Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects, Columbia University

You will not want to miss this night!!  Everyone is invited to take part in Battledecks (a.k.a. PowerPoint karaoke). How are your improv skills? Ready to perform in front of a live audience? Each contestant will be given 3-5 minutes to present ten slides on a surprise topic, with the goal of telling a coherent story while (a) entertaining the audience and (b) keeping a straight face.  Upload slides for people to use in their presentations here:

Friday, August 9, 2019

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Birds of Feather Topic tables – Carnesale Commons Building – Palisades Ballroom 


  • Anna Oates, Scholarly Communication and Discovery Services Librarian, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Dan O’Donnell, Professor of English, University of Lethbridge

Join your colleagues in the Carnesale Commons Building Palisades Ballroom to discuss School Comm topics in an informal setting. You'll be able to network and exchange ideas, insights, and experiences. If you are interested in leading a BOF table or have ideas of topics you wish to contribute, Add your idea to this list here.  


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm –  Keynote: Would including open scholarship in tenure guidelines move the needle? – Palisades Ballroom

Chair: Marty Brennan

Speaker: Juan Pablo Alperin, Assistant Professor in Publishing and Co-Director of the Scholarly Communications Lab

Despite all the arguments and evidence in favor of open scholarship, years of advocacy, tool building, mandates, and policies, less than half of the research that is published is publicly available. But what if we could magically add open scholarship practices as a valued activity in every salary review and tenure guideline document? Would such an explicit valuation of open scholarship for academic career advancement serve to move the needle? This presentation will challenge commonly held notions of the barriers to change through evidence from the analysis of hundreds of salary review and tenure guideline documents from universities in the United States and Canada, and from results of a survey of faculty from the same universities. This empirical exploration of what we say we value in academic careers, how we say it, and what we think our peers value may confirm your belief that review, promotion, and tenure processes affect the adoption of open scholarship practices—but it just won't be in the way you think they do. 


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm –  Closing Session: The Call to Action Open Mike /  – Palisades Ballroom

Chair: Marty Brennan

After saying our thank you's and doing a brief final round of housekeeping and announcements, we will end this year's FSCI by asking everyone to grab the microphone and either 1) issue a call to action for the rest of those assembled at FSCI, and/or 2) tell the group how they will take action when they return to their world.  Share how FSCI has changed how you think about any topic in Scholarly Communication, how our world needs to change, and what you plan to do about it!