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November 2019

Mon 25

We want to hear YOUR views on research. Who owns your work? Who should access it? How does your research compare to other disciplines?

Come along for a free lunch and to discuss how the University can support you in practicing Open Research. Learn about the requirements placed on researchers and the tools you could use to boost your impact. Find out what your peers think and contribute to shaping a University-wide strategy for Open Research training.

Thu 28

You've published your research...now what should you do with it? It seems we are expected to share more and more online, which can be both daunting and exciting. In this session we will look carefully at the benefits and barriers to sharing research, giving you an opportunity to consider a strategy that will work for you.

This session explores the whys and hows of sharing research - the options, the benefits and the logistics:

  • Your aims and motivations for disseminating research
  • Opportunities for sharing offered by social media and traditional media
  • Pitfalls when creating an online presence
  • Ways to find out who has been sharing, using and citing your published research

December 2019

Tue 3
Data Champions end-of-year event (by invitation only) Finished 15:00 - 17:00 Todd-Hamied

Please join us on Tuesday 3rd December (3–5 pm) for a social event to celebrate the end of the Data Champion year!

This is an informal occasion to mark the end of 2019. There is no specific theme for the event; instead, we will explore a range of open topics via short talks and questions amidst general networking. Topics for talks and questions may be related, in the broadest sense, to Research Data Management and Open Research but do not need to cover these areas exclusively (lateral thoughts are welcomed!). In addition, Data Champions are encouraged to contribute their thoughts on the future structure of the programme and the content of forums in 2020 - all ideas will be gratefully received.

Event location: Todd Hamied Room, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, CB2 1EW (https://map.cam.ac.uk/Department+of+Chemistry#52.198063,0.125855,17)

January 2020

Tue 28

Have you ever wondered who can access your research? Most articles and research outputs are locked up behind paywalls inside an ivory tower. Find out how to make your practice more open to reach a broader audience, spark collaborations and, most importantly, improve the quality of your research.

February 2020

Tue 4

Prevent research disasters through good data management

  • How much information would you lose if your laptop was stolen?
  • Have you ever emailed your colleague a file named 'final_final_versionEDITED'?
  • Do you know what your funder expects you to do with your research information?

As a researcher, you will encounter research data in many forms, ranging from literature sources, interviews, measurements, numbers and images.

Whether you create, receive or collect this information, you will need to organise it.

Managing digital information properly is a complex issue. Doing it correctly from the start could save you a lot of time and hassle when preparing a publication or writing up your thesis.

Tue 11

Publishing journal articles is a key element of a successful research career. As you are starting on this journey, you may have a lot of questions, for example:

  • Where and how should I publish my research?
  • How do I maximise the number of readers and citations?
  • How should I respond to reviewers?
Tue 18

Seeing your name on the spine of a book is a great achievement, which can help to kick start your career in some disciplines. How do you get there?

This session answers some of the key questions along the way, including including:

  • Should you turn your thesis into a monograph?
  • How do you choose a publisher?
  • How do you get your proposal accepted?
  • What are the key stages in the publication process?

July 2020

Tue 28
Supporting your PhD and beyond: a training needs focus group for first-year PhD students new Finished 13:00 - 13:45 Office of Scholarly Communication Online Webinar

We want to hear YOUR views on training. Are you struggling to find high-quality online resources? Looking forward to some live sessions to break the boredom? Fed up of training altogether? Whatever your thoughts are, we'd love to hear them.

Following the lockdown, the way we offer training has changed radically and we want to make sure that we are still meeting your needs. Come along for an informal chat with colleagues from Researcher Development and Cambridge University Libraries to help shape our programmes for the next academic year and beyond.

This is also a chance for you to reflect on your professional development and discuss it with other students and with experts. You will hear how other PhD students from a variety of disciplines approach their professional development. You will also find out more about what training opportunities exist at Cambridge.

This session will be held online via MS Teams, you will receive joining instructions the day before the session.

Wed 29
Supporting your PhD and beyond: a training needs focus group for PhD students in the middle of their programme new Finished 13:00 - 13:45 Office of Scholarly Communication Online Webinar

We want to hear YOUR views on training. Are you struggling to find high-quality online resources? Looking forward to some live sessions to break the boredom? Fed up of training altogether? Whatever your thoughts are, we'd love to hear them.

Following the lockdown, the way we offer training has changed radically and we want to make sure that we are still meeting your needs. Come along for an informal chat with colleagues from Researcher Development and Cambridge University Libraries to help shape our programmes for the next academic year and beyond.

This is also a chance for you to reflect on your professional development and discuss it with other students and with experts. You will hear how other PhD students from a variety of disciplines approach their professional development. You will also find out more about what training opportunities exist at Cambridge.

This session will be held online via MS Teams, you will receive joining instructions the day before the session.

Thu 30
Supporting your PhD and beyond: a training needs focus group for final year PhD students new Finished 13:00 - 13:45 Office of Scholarly Communication Online Webinar

We want to hear YOUR views on training. Are you struggling to find high-quality online resources? Looking forward to some live sessions to break the boredom? Fed up of training altogether? Whatever your thoughts are, we'd love to hear them.

Following the lockdown, the way we offer training has changed radically and we want to make sure that we are still meeting your needs. Come along for an informal chat with colleagues from Researcher Development and Cambridge University Libraries to help shape our programmes for the next academic year and beyond.

This is also a chance for you to reflect on your professional development and discuss it with other students and with experts. You will hear how other PhD students from a variety of disciplines approach their professional development. You will also find out more about what training opportunities exist at Cambridge.

This session will be held online via MS Teams, you will receive joining instructions the day before the session.

May 2021

Mon 17
None of us is as smart as all of us - how the Data Champions network helped us learn and succeed new Finished 13:00 - 13:45 Office of Scholarly Communication Online Webinar

The majority of professional learning happens on the job, especially where colleagues with different skill sets come together to achieve common goals. Productive relationships between academics, administrators and service providers are crucial to enabling the flow of information and skills to benefit all parties. This exchange can be facilitated by professional networks, which provide not only formal learning, but also opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other.

In this talk you will hear about the experience of two librarians, Charlotte Smith and River Cronin, who made the most of the Data Champions network (https://www.data.cam.ac.uk/intro-data-champions): how they set up a collaboration with researchers, what they achieved through it, and what they learnt in the process.

The talk will be useful to anyone thinking of joining or setting up a network, as well as current members of professional networks who are looking for new ways to challenge themselves. We hope you will be inspired to discover ways in which collaborating with diverse colleagues may provide unusual opportunities for your development and professional success.

September 2021

Thu 9

The contract between academic publisher Elsevier and UK Universities is due for renewal in December 2021. The UK Universities sector is entering negotiations with Elsevier with two core objectives: to reduce costs to levels UK universities can sustain, and to provide full and immediate open access to UK research.

The outcome of negotiations may affect how you read and publish research. If we have to step away from a deal, the way you access some publications may change. Many funders have open access requirements, and a deal could mean that you can publish in open access journals ‘for free’ as the cost are incorporated in the deal, as is already the case with many other publishers. If a deal cannot be reached, some Elsevier journals may no longer fulfil funder policies.

Come along to this virtual town hall meeting to hear more about the aims of the negotiations and their potential impacts, and to contribute your own views to the debate.

The event will include:

  • Summary of negotiation process and Cambridge approach
  • Perspectives on the negotiations from two academics
  • Audience Q&A

You can find out more about the negotiations on this webpage: https://www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk/publishing-open-access/university-cambridge-and-elsevier-draft-landing-page

You can submit questions in advance of the meeting through this form: https://forms.office.com/r/TL1Meq91E1

Please note that these talks may be recorded and shared within the University of Cambridge, although audience questions will not be.

Thu 16

The contract between academic publisher Elsevier and UK Universities is due for renewal in December 2021. The UK Universities sector is entering negotiations with Elsevier with two core objectives: to reduce costs to levels UK universities can sustain, and to provide full and immediate open access to UK research.

The outcome of negotiations may affect how you read and publish research. If we have to step away from a deal, the way you access some publications may change. Many funders have open access requirements, and a deal could mean that you can publish in open access journals ‘for free’ as the cost are incorporated in the deal, as is already the case with many other publishers. If a deal cannot be reached, some Elsevier journals may no longer fulfil funder policies.

Come along to this virtual town hall meeting to hear more about the aims of the negotiations and their potential impacts, and to contribute your own views to the debate.

The event will include:

  • Summary of negotiation process and Cambridge approach
  • Perspectives on the negotiations from two academics
  • Audience Q&A

You can find out more about the negotiations on this webpage: https://www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk/publishing-open-access/university-cambridge-and-elsevier-draft-landing-page

You can submit questions in advance of the meeting through this form: https://forms.office.com/r/TL1Meq91E1

Please note that these talks may be recorded and shared within the University of Cambridge, although audience questions will not be.

March 2022

Mon 21
Data Champions Induction 2022 #1 (by invitation only) Finished 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

This induction is for new Data Champions. You will be able to meet your fellow new Champions, learn more about the programme and what it involves. This is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the programme and about being a Data Champion.

Tue 22
Data Champions Induction 2022 #2 (by invitation only) Finished 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

This induction is for new Data Champions. You will be able to meet your fellow new Champions, learn more about the programme and what it involves. This is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the programme and about being a Data Champion.

Wed 23
Data Champions Induction 2022 #3 (by invitation only) Finished 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

This induction is for new Data Champions. You will be able to meet your fellow new Champions, learn more about the programme and what it involves. This is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the programme and about being a Data Champion.

May 2022

Thu 26
Data Champions Forum May 2022 new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Cambridge University Library, Milstein Room

This will be the first Data Champions forum to be held in person since December 2019; please do join us if you can. The theme is Licences in Open Research.

The forum will consist of programme updates, and lightning talks and discussions on this topic. We will also kick off brainstorming sessions for this year’s collaboration effort with Cambridge University Press and Assessment.

A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Please ensure you let us know of any dietary needs or intolerances by using the ‘Special requirements’ link in the invitation email.

Places are limited for the live event, so please book as soon as possible. Equally, please cancel as soon as possible, should you no longer be able to attend.

Note that booking via this page is for the live event only. If you would like to attend virtually, please register for the Zoom meeting using the link sent by email.

Bookings for this event need to be approved as it is designed specifically for members of the Data Champion Programme.

July 2022

Wed 13
Future of Scholarly Communication: a workshop for librarians Finished 09:30 - 12:30 Cambridge University Library, Milstein Room

Cambridge is in a strong position to determine its own ambitious vision for a more open, accessible and inclusive approach to the sharing and use of research to help drive innovation and discovery and help address global challenges: for health, for climate, for equality and diversity. With changing societal attitudes and technological advances in communication tools, now is the time to consider which strategies we want to adopt to maximise the reach and impact of Cambridge research including through new and open forms of scholarly communication.

Libraries play a crucial role in the scholarly communication landscape, with librarians being well-placed to understand both the needs of the researchers we support and the challenges in providing access to materials. We hope you will want to take part and help shape the options for Cambridge.

These workshops are designed to create a space to think ahead, taking a long view, and explore what the future of scholarly communications will look like locally and globally. They follow on from similar workshops involving leaders in research, publishing and libraries at Cambridge earlier this year. We will have an opportunity to review and comment on some of the outputs of the previous workshops.

Thu 21
Data Champions Forum July 2022 new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 West Hub Rooms

This will be our second hybrid forum; please do join us if you can. The theme is Sustainability in Open Data. “Sustainability” here includes availability of resources, longevity and functionality, as well as environmental impact of Open Data, for example storage of large datasets. The forum will consist of programme updates, and lightning talks and discussions on this topic.

The venue for this forum is the South Room at West Hub. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Please ensure you let us know of any dietary needs or intolerances by using the ‘Special requirements’ link in the invitation email.

Places are limited for the live event, so please book as soon as possible. Equally, please cancel as soon as possible, should you no longer be able to attend.

Note that booking via this page is for the live event only. If you would like to attend virtually, please register for the Zoom meeting using the link sent by email.

Bookings for this event need to be approved as it is designed specifically for members of the Data Champion Programme.

September 2022

Tue 6
Publishing with Springer Nature: tell us your view to inform the ongoing negotiations Finished 14:00 - 15:00 Office of Scholarly Communication Online Webinar

Have your say to help us negotiate the best possible read and publish agreement with Springer Nature.

UK Universities are negotiating with Springer Nature with the aim to reach a sustainable and affordable read and publish deal. Read more.

Experts from Jisc will facilitate discussions with small groups of Cambridge researchers about your experience with the publishing process and how you get access to the materials you read. By taking part, you will help to shape the approach to negotiations and communications over the next few months. This will also be an opportunity to deepen your understanding of how the negotiations are conducted, the issues involved in academic publishing, and the way colleagues in different disciplines approach these questions.

Thu 8
Publishing with Springer Nature: tell us your view to inform the ongoing negotiations Finished 11:00 - 12:00 Office of Scholarly Communication Online Webinar

Have your say to help us negotiate the best possible read and publish agreement with Springer Nature.

UK Universities are negotiating with Springer Nature with the aim to reach a sustainable and affordable read and publish deal. Read more.

Experts from Jisc will facilitate discussions with small groups of Cambridge researchers about your experience with the publishing process and how you get access to the materials you read. By taking part, you will help to shape the approach to negotiations and communications over the next few months. This will also be an opportunity to deepen your understanding of how the negotiations are conducted, the issues involved in academic publishing, and the way colleagues in different disciplines approach these questions.

Thu 29
Data Champions Forum September 2022 new Finished 12:00 - 14:00 Faculty of Law, B16

This will be our third hybrid forum; please do join us if you can. The theme is RDM and Big Data. The forum will consist of programme updates, lightning talks and discussions on this topic, and chances to network with other Data Champions over lunch. The session after lunch will comprise the first in our Data Champion Training series. We will begin with 'Introduction to RDM, part I'. This training session (as well as part II in November) is aimed at Data Champions across disciplines and positions; aiming to give a solid up to date foundation understanding of RDM at Cambridge, and an idea of what you might talk about if you decide to do training sessons for your colleagues. Training will be presented by Dr Bea Gini, Training Coordinator in the Office of Scholarly Communication.

The venue for this forum is the Faculty of Law Room B16 Sidgwick site. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Please ensure you let us know of any dietary needs or intolerances by using the ‘Special requirements’ link in the invitation email.

Places are limited for the live event, so please book as soon as possible. Equally, please cancel as soon as possible, should you no longer be able to attend.

Note that booking via this page is for the live event only. If you would like to attend virtually, please register for the Zoom meeting using the link sent by email.

Bookings for this event need to be approved as it is designed specifically for members of the Data Champion Programme.

November 2022

Fri 18
Open Access: Where Next? (IN PERSON) Finished 09:00 - 17:00 Homerton College

PLEASE NOTE THAT IN PERSON BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED. BOOKINGS FOR ONLINE ATTENDANCE TO THIS EVENT ARE STILL BEING TAKEN ON THIS PAGE

With open access now a mainstay of culture in most disciplines, we look at what lays beyond. What challenges remain and how can they be addressed? How can scholarly communication evolve to best serve the needs of researchers in a variety of disciplines? There will be four sessions through the day, looking at..

Further than privileged institutions. Many OA conversations are centred on research institutions in Europe and North America, where there is abundant funding for both reading and publishing and significant power to influence. Institutions like Cambridge risk favouring solutions that disadvantage less privileged researchers. We want to hear the voices of researchers who work outside this framework to make sure we move towards solutions that truly serve everyone.

Further than the Article/Book processing charge. The APC model is coming to dominate the OA landscape, but is it helping us to fulfil the benefits promised by open access? Are BPCs sustainable and inclusive? Are there better ways of financing open access publishing?

Further than publish or perish. Many researchers are dissatisfied with a culture that rewards publications above all else and sets up perverse incentives. What alternatives are there, and can we make them work in practice? How should Cambridge approach the hiring and promotion of researchers?

Further than traditional publishing. The article format evolved at a time when journals circulated as print copies. In the digital era, can we do better? If we could design the ideal format for research publications, what would it look like? What models have been proposed so far, and how are they working?

For the full programme of sessions and accessibility information, please see our events page: https://osc.cam.ac.uk/open-access-where-next

Open Access: Where Next? (ONLINE) Finished 09:00 - 17:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online

With open access now a mainstay of culture in most disciplines, we look at what lays beyond. What challenges remain and how can they be addressed? How can scholarly communication evolve to best serve the needs of researchers in a variety of disciplines? There will be four sessions through the day, looking at..

Further than privileged institutions. Many OA conversations are centred on research institutions in Europe and North America, where there is abundant funding for both reading and publishing and significant power to influence. Institutions like Cambridge risk favouring solutions that disadvantage less privileged researchers. We want to hear the voices of researchers who work outside this framework to make sure we move towards solutions that truly serve everyone.

Further than the Article/Book processing charge. The APC model is coming to dominate the OA landscape, but is it helping us to fulfil the benefits promised by open access? Are BPCs sustainable and inclusive? Are there better ways of financing open access publishing?

Further than publish or perish. Many researchers are dissatisfied with a culture that rewards publications above all else and sets up perverse incentives. What alternatives are there, and can we make them work in practice? How should Cambridge approach the hiring and promotion of researchers?

Further than traditional publishing. The article format evolved at a time when journals circulated as print copies. In the digital era, can we do better? If we could design the ideal format for research publications, what would it look like? What models have been proposed so far, and how are they working?

For the full programme of sessions and accessibility information, please see our events page: https://osc.cam.ac.uk/open-access-where-next

Thu 24
Data Champions Forum November 2022 new CANCELLED 12:00 - 14:00 The Triangle Building, Cambridge University Press & Assessment

This will be our fourth hybrid forum; please do join us if you can. The theme is Data Archiving, and we will discuss what (including how much), where, and how to archive. The forum will consist of programme updates, lightning talks and discussions on this topic, and chances to network with other Data Champions over lunch.

The venue for this forum is S-G1 & 2 at the Cambridge University Press and Assessment site (The Triangle)

How to find the Triangle Building https://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/images/473499-directions-to-triangle.pdf

A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Please ensure you let us know of any dietary needs or intolerances by using the ‘Special requirements’ link in the invitation email.

Places are limited for the live event, so please book as soon as possible. Equally, please cancel as soon as possible, should you no longer be able to attend.

Note that booking via this page is for the live event only. If you would like to attend virtually, please register for the Zoom meeting using the link sent by email.

Bookings for this event need to be approved as it is designed specifically for members of the Data Champion Programme.