The Open Access color palette

When navigating your way through the Open Access publishing landscape you will quickly learn that a color system is used to distinguish between the different types of business models for OA publishing. But what does each color stand for and what does it allow in terms of publicly sharing your work? In this blog post I will give a quick recap of the most commonly used “color categories”. This information is based on the definitions you will find on the…

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Video: How to publish your book in Open Access with the KU Leuven Fund for Fair OA & Leuven University Press

Are you interested in publishing your book in Open Access? Did you know that at KU Leuven we have a fund that partially covers the publication costs of OA books published by Leuven University Press? Well, now you know! The KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access welcomes proposals from everyone interested in publishing their book in OA with Leuven University Press. Authors affiliated with KU Leuven typically apply for a subsidy amounting to two-thirds of the OA costs charged…

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Event: DH Virtual Discussion Group for Early Career Researchers in Belgium, Spring Semester 2021

Merisa Martinez, our DH expert and keeper of the DH Commons, and prof. dr. Julie Birkholz of the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities and the Royal Library of Belgium’s newly formed Digital Research Lab join forces again to host new sessions of the virtual DH discussion group for early career researchers in Belgium. For this Spring Semester the format will be “Under the Hood” sessions, which entails a volunteer from the DH community providing a fifteen minute overview of a digital project which implements a…

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Interview: Professor Martin Kohlrausch about the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access

In order to boost Open Access publications, the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access helps finance OA books published by Leuven University Press. Professor Martin Kohlrausch shares his experiences about publishing his book in OA. Your book is published open access thanks to the support of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access. How did the open access publication process go? What makes open access so attractive for you/your book? Have you thus far noticed that your book reaches a…

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Interview: Professor Fred Truyen about Digital Humanities

Merisa Martinez interviewed Professor Fred Truyen, head of the DH Master’s at KU Leuven and a long-time ICT enthusiast, about his experiences in the field of Digital Humanities. My first question is how long have you been working in the field of Digital Humanities? That’s a difficult question. I came to Digital Humanities from ICT. When I finalized my PhD thesis in 1991, I started as the head of ICT of the Faculty of Arts. They had difficulties to attract…

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Event: Introduction to Tropy: a Digital Tool for Organizing Archival Research Photos • European University Institute

Looking for a simple but powerful tool to organize images for your research? Tropy is a free and open source program that is very much worth considering. You can attend a free webinar on Tropy on February 24: This webinar will offer an introduction to Tropy, a free desktop software that allows you to organize and describe photos of archival research material. Directed toward historians, social science researchers, and students, the session will cover the basics of getting started in Tropy, recording…

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Event: Open Science Discovery for PhD Students at KU Leuven on 25 March

If you’re curious about the ins and outs of Open Science, from open data to open access publishing and citizen science, check out the free Open Science Discovery for PhD Students event on March 25. Please register before February 28! WHY WE NEED OPEN SCIENCE At the end of a research project, we simply publish a paper with results and conclusions. How can we know that the research is reliable based on the paper alone? Transparency is needed about the…

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Event: Digital Approaches to Early Modern History

Starting Tuesday 9 February 2021, there will be a monthly series of interesting symposia hosted by the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Limerick. While specifically organized under the guise of Early Modern History, these virtual events will be useful for people across a wide range of skill levels and periods of specialization. To give some context, the four sessions will cover network analysis, text analysis, databases, and geographic information systems (more commonly called GIS), respectively. Obviously, while those topics…

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Event: Upcoming workshop on RDM for doctoral students in Eastern and Arabic Studies

Are you a doctoral student in Eastern and Arabic Studies (EAAS) at the Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven? Join us for the third EAAS PhD Seminar on Thursday 10 December from 13:00 to 14:30. This third edition will focus on research data management (RDM). We’ll cover the basics of RDM and discuss how RDM applies to everyone’s individual research projects. If you’d like to participate, email Freya Terryn at freya.terryn@kuleuven.be to register.

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New resource: The hands-on guide to research data management for KU Leuven researchers, students, and research support staff in the humanities and social sciences

New to research data management (RDM)? Not all that new but looking to brush up on topics like data storage, data sharing, or the latest KU Leuven regulations around RDM? “The hands-on guide to research data management for KU Leuven researchers, students, and research support staff in the humanities and social sciences” explains RDM best practices and guides you through completing a data management plan (DMP). Expect basic information about all aspects of RDM tailored to KU Leuven researchers, lots…

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