New digital scholarship resources added over the winter holiday

Starting this week, we’ll be posting regular summaries of new digital scholarschip resources that were added to the Artes Digital Scholarship Community on Zotero (learn more about this group and join with your Zotero account to get the group’s resources right in Zotero on your desktop).

In this inaugural edition, we have some great project management tips that are really about research data management (RDM), ways of using RSS feeds to keep track of updates on a website, how to export comments from Word files to turn them into structured data, ruminations on the influence of the coronavirus pandemic on scholarship, and more.

  • An excellent twitter with RDM tips for new researchers (without calling it RDM): ⌜ktb⌟. (2021, September 1). People are giving advice to incoming grad students. Here’s some tips that you’re probably not going to hear from other people that will make your life easier in the long run. [Tweet]. @kevinbaker.
  • Tips on how to find a site’s RSS feed so you can get notified when the site updates: Pot, J. (n.d.). How to Find the RSS Feed URL for Almost Any Site. Zapier Blog. Retrieved December 17, 2021, from
  • Use Feedly to build an RSS feed for websites that don’t have their own feed, enabling you to get notified when the website changes: Easily follow websites that don’t have RSS feeds. (n.d.). Feedly Blog. Retrieved December 17, 2021, from
  • Free macro that lets you extract comments from a Word document to turn the comment and piece of text it applies to into structured data. The comment will be inserted in a new document, including information about page, author, date, etc.: Export comments from Word to turn them into structured data. (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2021, from
  • How can universities make applicants feel safe enough to be themselves online?: Lock your Twitter account, the hiring committee is watching. (n.d.). University Affairs. Retrieved December 17, 2021, from
  • A US team finds in a broad data analysis that ending in-person conferences during Covid was tied to substantial gains in equity, sustainability and inclusiveness: Online academic conferences showing wide benefit. (2021, December 10). Times Higher Education (THE).
  • Levels of COVID-19 research data sharing have remained low during the pandemic, and preprinting of research on the virus has been lower than hoped for as well: Press release: COVID-19 research freely accessible, but research data sharing and preprinting are low. (n.d.). OASPA. Retrieved December 17, 2021, from
  • An interesting paper on academic knowledge production, abstract: “In this article, I propose exploring open access academic publishing through the lenses of Knowledge Commons. Instead of focusing on users’ rights to access and reuse the output under open copyright licensing conditions, I study the governance of the academic publishing ecosystem, and its political economy, technical and labour infrastructure. Based on selected examples, I discuss how they comply with the concept of the commons. I use analytical frameworks from the Ostromian literature of the governance of Knowledge Commons to provide insights on the various steps of academic publishing work as a process. I then analyse a range of open access publishing projects, including gold, green, diamond, platinum and pirate libraries. Finally, I draw from practices a repertoire of advocacy actions and I make recommendations for academics to develop policies supporting Academic Commons.”: Dulong de Rosnay, M. (2021). Open Access Models, Pirate Libraries and Advocacy Repertoires: Policy Options for Academics to Construct and Govern Knowledge Commons. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 16(1).
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