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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Open Access Books Toolkit: A guide to OA book publishing

Do you want to publish your monograph in Open Access but you are not sure where to start? The freely accessible OA books toolkit will help you to navigate the landscape of OA book publishing. Launched by the OAPEN Foundation, in collaboration with Springer Nature and The University of Glasgow, the toolkit aims at increasing the understanding of OA books, while at the same time promoting trust in OA publishing. The toolkit consists of numerous articles that address common concerns…

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A List(en) of DH Podcasts

Merisa Martinez has put together a list of five DH podcasts that you might find stimulating: The DH East Asia Podcast The Price Lab for Digital Humanities at University of Pennsylvania Podcast Rocking the Academy Steering the Digital Scholarship Humanities+ Go check out her post to find out more and let us know if you have any further suggestions! Continue reading at The Digital Humanities Commons blog: A List(en) of DH Podcasts

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Think.Check.Submit: new checklist for books

Finding a good publishing venue is crucial for anyone wishing to share the results of their research. Think.Check.Submit offers a number of practical resources to identify qualitive and trustworthy publishers. In doing so, they aim to help researchers to make an informed decision about where to publish and promote research integrity. In addition to the checklist for journals, they have now expanded their recommendations to include books and chapters. If you can answer yes to all, or most, questions then…

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Unpaywall plug-in

Unpaywall, a service that indexes OA content from scholarly repositories and archives, offers a browser extension that allows you to read millions of scientific papers which are normally locked up behind a paywall. Sounds too good to be true? On the contrary, Unpaywall operates on a completely legal basis. How it works is that Unpaywall harvests papers from OA repositories (such as our own institutional repository Lirias) from all over the world, which have been self-archived by authors with the…

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What’s in a number? A closer look at Open Access readership data

Whereas academic journals that offer Gold OA options have become widespread in the last decade, the transition to Open Access for academic books is lagging behind, despite the fact that monographs are still the leading publishing format in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In order to boost the publication of OA books, KU Leuven Libraries reserved a substantial part of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access, established in 2018, to help finance OA books published by Leuven University Press (LUP). We…

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FOSTER e-learning portal

If you are looking to enhance your Open Science skills, you might want to check out the FOSTER portal. FOSTER is an e-learning platform that offers various introductory tutorials that aim to make researchers, as well as research support staff, familiar with all facets of Open Science. On the platform you will find a collection of training materials about Open Access, Open Data, Open Peer Review, Open Licensing, and so on. Additionally, the portal offers training in specific tools to…

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