Office of the Senior Associate Provost
for the Harvard Library
SAP Speaker Series
The Speaker Series, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Associate Provost for the Harvard Library, convenes visionary thinkers and innovators to explore the changing ecosystem of higher education, scholarly communications and information innovation in academia and libraries.
Title: Digital Transformations of Research
Speakers: Eric T. Meyer, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute and Ralph Schroeder, Director of Research, MSc Programme Director and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
Date: June 7
Time: 11:00-12:00 PM
Abstract: There is a fundamental change taking place in the world of research: digital tools and data shared via electronic networks are having far-reaching effects. From 'big science' physics experiments like the Large Hadron Collider, which is using distributed, high-performance computing to analyze massive amounts of data, to humanities scholars who digitize large volumes of text to uncover changing patterns of language use, networked digital research is having profound effects on the practices of researchers. From the Grid, to the Cloud, to Big Data, research practices are ever more tightly coupled to computing. These changes can be understood on a number of levels, including organizational changes, changes in knowledge production, and in the communication of research. We propose a model for understanding the connections among these. And although these changes take place in different ways in different disciplines, we argues that, like ripples in a pond, the changes add up to a broader transformation of the landscape of research.
Title: Transforming Research Support Services: Understanding Faculty Research Practices in History and Chemistry
Speakers: Jennifer Rutner, Senior Analyst, Ithaka S&R and Roger Schonfeld, Director of Research, Ithaka S&R
Date: Tuesday, May 15
Location: Braun room, Andover Hall
Abstract: Rapidly evolving research methods and practices across disciplines are changing the nature of scholars' interactions with service providers such as libraries, computing support centers, humanities centers, scholarly societies, and publishers. As a result, many scholars have become less dependent on traditional library information services. Consequently, research support service providers would like to better understand the evolving research practices of their users, in order to transform their services in parallel.
Ithaka S+R has launched the Research Support Services for Scholars program to engage scholars and research support professionals in building a deeper understanding of the needs of researchers, the research support landscape, current and evolving research practices, and the challenges both communities face in conducting and facilitating innovative research. The first disciplines to be covered in this new Ithaka S+R program are history and chemistry. This session will provide an overview of these projects, and share preliminary research findings, including data gathered through twenty interviews with research support professionals and as many as forty academic researchers in each field. You can learn more about the Research Support Services for Scholars program at http://www.researchsupportservices.net/
Title: From Here to Open Access: Ways to Get it Done
Speakers: Stuart Shieber, Heather Joseph, Mark Patterson, and Peter Suber
Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: Science Center, Hall E (see the Map)
Description: If the objective is to make it possible for anyone in the world to have access to what university researchers know, publicly funded or otherwise, what needs doing over the next 3-5 years and how do we make it happen?
Please join us for an active discussion led by Stuart Shieber, James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Office for Scholarly Communication. Stuart will interview four individuals well suited to considering the "how" of Open Access. Interviewees include William Fisher, WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Faculty Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resource Coalition (SPARC), Mark Patterson, Managing Executive Editor of eLife, and Peter Suber, Berkman Fellow and special advisor to the Office for Scholarly Communications.
Please RSVP by March 27, 2012
Title: "Harvard's Model of Success: Strengths and Challenges"
Speaker: Clayton Spencer, Vice President for Policy
Date: Thursday, January 26
Location: Sperry Room, Harvard Divinity School (see the Map)
Lunch will be provided
Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 24th