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Open Data Day: Hackathon Recap

by Peace Ossom Williamson Mar 20 2019 - 5:02pm
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"Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. For the ninth time in history, groups from around the world will create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities." To celebrate and encourage the use of open data, the UTA Libraries sponsored a hackathon, or a "project marathon," where individuals came together to form groups, come up with an idea, and see that very idea through to completion all in one sitting.


The hackathon website is at


UTA Libraries partnered with Golden Key,...

Mavs Open Press Publishes First Digital, Open Access Volume of PALARA

by Jody Bailey Apr 26 2018 - 2:15pm
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As Director of Publishing for the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries’ Mavs Open Press, I am pleased to announce that we recently published volume 21 of the Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association (PALARA). This two-decade-old journal was previously only available in print by subscription. 

“As co-editor, I wanted to continue the journal’s stellar publication reputation and increase the number of persons who have access to scholarly material written about Afro-Latin American literature and culture,” said Dr. Sonja Watson. “In addition, I wanted to decrease...

HerStory Edit-a-thon

by Samantha Dodd Feb 21 2018 - 10:19am

Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world. Its fundamental principles include free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute, neutrality, and collective engagement. According to Wikipedia’s study of its user community, less than 10% of Wikipedia’s editors are women. Other studies have also found that new female editors are more likely than male editors to have their edits reverted. Wikipedia has fewer and less extensive articles about women or topics important to women.

Because Wikipedia is open access and open source, there are tools to make changes and to...

OA Week Explores Wikipedia

by Samantha Dodd Nov 14 2017 - 11:16am
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Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

With that in mind, it only made since to take a closer look at Wikipedia, the fifth most visited website in the world, whose fundamental principles include free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute, neutrality, and collective...

UTA Libraries Creates Mavs Open Press to Offer No-Cost Publishing Service

by Jody Bailey Jul 5 2017 - 4:14pm
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The Problem

In the past few decades, authors, editors, and publishers of academic journals have witnessed dramatic changes in the scholarly publishing environment. The days of small, nonprofit societies publishing print-only journals are long gone (with a few exceptions), and for-profit, commercial publishers have taken over the market, with many adverse consequences. In 1973 Elsevier (part of the RELX Group), Wiley-Blackwell, Springer Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group, and Sage Publications collectively published approximately 20% of journal articles across all disciplines; these...

Building Community: Reflections on Conference Going

by Michelle Reed Jun 29 2017 - 9:44am

This week applications opened for OpenCon 2017, which will take place November 11-13 in Berlin, Germany. OpenCon, now in its fourth year, is an annual conference intended to empower students and early career professionals to advance open initiatives in scholarly publishing, data, and education. Last year the organizing committee received over 10,000 applications from 176 countries. In November, 230 of those applicants, representing 60 countries, gathered together for three days in Washington, DC. Many others attended virtually, and over 30 satellite events were hosted around the world....