Publications

2016
Altman M, Wood A, O'Brien D, Vadhan S, Gasser U. . Berkeley Journal of Technology Law [Internet]. 2016. modernopendataprivacy.pdf
Trelles A, Altman M, Magar E, McDonald MP.

Open Data, Political Representation and Redistricting in Mexico [Datos Abiertos, Representación Política Y Redistritación En México]

. Politica y Gobierno [Internet]. 2016;22(3). Publisher's VersionAbstract
The claims and protests caused by the deterioration of the political elite during the last decade show, among other things, the urgency to strengthen the linkage between citizens and their representatives. From our perspective, the use of information technology, as well as the generation and use of open data, offers an opportunity to improve the levels of governance and democratic consolidation in Mexico. In this area, the delimitation of the electoral boundaries is key to improve political representation. Given the technicalities surrounding boundary delimitation processes –geographical, statistical, informatics, among the most recognizable– it is easy to fall into the temptation of relegating redistricting to specialists and lose sight of its importance for democracy. In this paper we discuss how new technologies can be useful to incorporate the design, analysis, and study of electoral cartography to the international standards of open government. Additionally, we describe how an open source web-based platform, available to any citizen, has great potential for increasing the levels of participation, transparency, communication, and accountability surrounding redistricting process in the country.
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2015
Altman M, Capps C, Prevost R. Using New Forms of Information for Official Economic Statistics -- Examining the Commodity Flow Survey:. SSN: Social Science Research Network [Internet]. 2015.
Broad new sources of information have the potential to bring increased granularity, detail and timeliness to the next generation of official statistics -- while reducing survey burden.The next generation of official statistics will utilize broad sources of information, potentially linked together, to provide increasing granularity, detail, and timeliness, while reducing cost and burden.   Utilizing big data requires creating new relationships with businesses. Many of the primary sources of big data are businesses that use data intensively to guide decisions: Big data sources are also critical stakeholders. In order to obtain access to data from businesses that create and use it, it is critical to both provide a value proposition to the business and to develop a trust relationship.
ssrn-id2670209.pdf
Altman M, Bernhardt M, Horowitz L, Lu W, Shapiro R. Rapid Fabrication/Makerspace Services (SPEC KIT 348). Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries; 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract
 Rapid fabrication technologies, or “3-D Printing,” to use the less accurate but more familiar term, have undergone rapid evolution and are now used for medical implants, prosthetics, teaching aids, information visualization, research on rare/fragile objects, architecture, art, and advanced manufacturing. These technologies are rapidly lowering a number of different barriers faced by researchers and others, barriers that had previously made it prohibitively difficult for most individuals, researchers, and organizations to manufacture objects without significant investment of  time and money in training and equipment. Because of these advances, the complexity and range of objects that may now be manufactured has increased precipitously, including easily customized items or precisely replicated physical objects, while the process by which these may be manufactured has flattened,  allowing on-site or local manufacture and reducing lead time (in some cases permitting even just-in-time manufacturing processes). Our analysis provides  information for senior library staff to support decisions related to engagement with 3-D printing, rapid fabrication and digitization technologies, and makerspaces, in general, and in particular to inform decisions regarding the types of service offerings libraries can provide, resources needed, and evaluation of the service.
Executive Summary
Altman M, Castro E, Crosas M, Durbin P, Garnett A, Whitney J. Open Journal Systems and Dataverse Integration-- Helping Journals to Upgrade Data Publication for Reusable Research. Code4Lib Journal. 2015;20.Abstract
This article describes the novel open source tools for open data publication in open access journal workflows. This comprises a plugin for Open Journal Systems that supports a data submission, citation, review, and publication workflow; and an extension to the Dataverse system that provides a standard deposit API. We describe the function and design of these tools, provide examples of their use, and summarize their initial reception. We conclude by discussing future plans and potential impact.  
codeforlib.pdf
Altman M, Avery M.
Information wants someone else to pay for it: laws of information economics and scholarly publishing
. Information Services and Use [Internet]. 2015;35(1-2):57-70.
Abstract: The increasing volume and complexity of research, scholarly publication and research information puts an added strain on traditional methods of scholarly communication and evaluation. Information goods and networks are not standard market goods – and so we should not rely on markets alone to develop  new forms of scholarly publishing. The affordances of digital information and networks create many opportunities to unbundle the functions of scholarly communication – the central challenge is to create a range of new forms of publication that effectively promote both market and collaborative ecosystems.  
isuv4.pdf
Trelles A, Altman M, Magar E, McDonald MP. Open Data, political representation and redistricting in Mexico. datos.gob.mx - Mexico's Official Open Government Site [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The various complaints and protests of various kinds in the last decade in The generation and use of information for this task is a priority area for governance and strengthening our young democracy. In this area, the delimitation of the electoral map is a key to achieving better political representation. 
datos_abiertos_representacion_politica_y_redistritacion_en_mexico.pdf
Brand A, Allen L, Altman M, Hlava M, Scott J.

Beyond authorship: attribution, contribution, collaboration, and credit

. Learned Publishing [Internet]. 2015;28(2):151-155. Publisher's VersionAbstract
As the number of authors on scientific publications increases, ordered lists of author names are proving inadequate for the purposes of attribution and credit. • A multi-stakeholder group has produced a contributor role taxonomy for use in scientific publications. • Identifying specific contributions to published research will lead to appropriate credit, fewer author disputes, and fewer disincentives to collaboration and the sharing of data and code
lpub28-2_151-155.pdf
Altman M, Borgman C, Crosas M, Martone M.

 

An Introduction to the Joint Principles for Data Citation

. Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology [Internet]. 2015;41(3):43-44. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Data citation is rapidly emerging as a key practice supporting data access, sharing and reuse, as well as sound and reproducible scholarship. Consensus data citation principles, articulated through the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles [3], represent an advance in the state of the practice and a new consensus on citation
febmar15_rdap_altman_etal.pdf
Altman M, McDonald MP.

Redistricting and Polarization

. In Thurber J, Yoshinaka A American Gridlock: The Sources, Character, and Impact of Political Polarization Cambridge University Press; 2015.Abstract
We review how the ideological polarization of members of the House of Representatives (elite polarization) is affected by: o sorting of parties’ incumbents into more ideologically compatible districts o replacement of incumbents by more ideologically extreme successors o the drawing of more ideologically extreme districts ● We show there are fewer competitive congressional districts – having a near balance of Democrats and Republicans – following redistricting ● We show more competitive districts can be drawn without sacrificing other values, such as compactness or minority representation ● We discuss the prospects for redistricting reform
altmanandmcdonaldredistrictingpolarization_revised_1.pdf
Altman M, McDonald MP.

Written Evidence in Response to "What next on the redrawing of Parliamentary boundaries?"

. [Internet]. 2015. All Written Testimony - Parliament Select CommitteeAbstract
Invited written testimony queries on how to improve public input into the Boundary Commission for England. This testimony summarizes both our research into public participation in electoral delimitations, and our professional experience in conducting boundary delimitation.
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Altman M, McDonald M. Paradoxes Of Political Reform: Congressional Redistricting In Florida. In Jigsaw Puzzle Politics in the Sunshine State University Press of Florida; 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The reforms to the redistricting process in Florida, catalyzed by advances in information technology, enabled a dramatic increase in public participation in the redistricting process. This reform process in Florida can be considered a partial success: The adopted plan implements one the the most efficient observable trade-offs among the reformer’s criteria, primarily along the lines of racial representation by creating an additional Black-majority district in the form of the current 5th Congressional District. This does not mean, however, that reform was entirely successful. The adopted plan is efficient, but is atypical of the plans submitted by the legislature and public. Based on the pattern of public submissions, and on contextual information, we suspect the adopted plan was drawn for partisan motivations. The public preference and good-government criteria might be better served by the selection of the other efficient plans – that were much more competitive, and less biased, at the cost of a reduction of the majority-minority seat.
2014
Altman M, McDonald MP.

Invited Written Testimony to the National Commission on Voting Rights

 

.; 2014. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Invited testimony on public participation in electoral mapping.
voting_rights_and_public_mapping_-_google_docs.pdf
<p>2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship</p>
Altman M, Bailey J, Cariani K, Corridan J, Crabtree J, Gallinger M, Goethals A, Grotke A, Hartman C, Lazorshak B, et al.

2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship

. National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA); 2014. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The NDSA National Agenda for Digital Stewardship integrates the perspective of dozens of experts and hundreds of institutions, convened through the Library of Congress, to provide funders and executive decision‐makers insight into emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity, and key areas for funding, research and development to ensure that today's valuable digital content remains accessible and comprehensible in the future, supporting a thriving economy, a robust democracy, and a rich cultural heritage. This new edition of the Agenda builds on earlier work, updating the 2014 report, and highlighting new areas of focus, specifically the selection and preservation of content at-scale. It also more clearly articulates the need for an evidence base for efficient and reliable digital preservation practice. Recent gains and observations on the technical infrastructure required for large-scale digital stewardship and the supporting policies and organizational structures required are also outlined. The report synthesizes the latest issues for funders, researcher and organizational leaders and provides actionable recommendations for practitioners.
2015nationalagenda.pdf
Smith-Yoshimura K, Altman M, Cristán AL, Dawson L, Dunham J, Hickey T, Hook D, Horstmann W, MacEwan A, Schreur P, et al.

Registering Researchers in Authority Files

. Dublin, OH: OCLC; 2014. Publisher's Version
Altman M, McDonald MP.

How Independent Commissions Could Use the Internet and Open Software to Maximize Transparency and Public Engagement in Redistricting

.; 2014.Abstract
Our work leads us to conclude that no one can have complete information and no single group can, on its own, create fair electoral maps. Legislative gerrymandering is not the answer, but as Americans turn toward independent commissions, why not deploy all technologies available to facilitate the widest possible participation in districting choices critical to American democracy?
ssn_key_findings_altman_and_mcdonald_on_redistricting_reform_at_internet_scale.pdf
Altman M, Archer P, Borgman C, Brand A, Brase J, Callaghan S, Cass K, Carroll B, Cohen D, deWaard A, et al. Joint Principles for Data Citation. Data Synthesis Task Group; 2014. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Sound, reproducible scholarship rests upon a foundation of robust, accessible data. For this to be so in practice as well as theory, data must be accorded due importance in the practice of scholarship and in the enduring scholarly record. In other words, data should be considered legitimate, citable products of research. Data citation, like the citation of other evidence and sources, is good research practice and is part of the scholarly ecosystem supporting data reuse. In support of this assertion, and to encourage good practice, we offer a set of guiding principles for data within scholarly literature, another dataset, or any other research object.
Allen L, Scott J, Brand A, Hlava M, Altman M.

Publishing: Credit where credit is due

. Nature [Internet]. 2014;508(7496):312-313. Publisher's Version
Altman M, Crosas M. The Evolution of Data Citation: From Principles to Implementation. IASSIST Quarterly. 2014.Abstract
Data citation is rapidly emerging as a key practice in support of data access, sharing, reuse, and of sound and reproducible scholarship. In this article we review the evolution of data citation standards and practices – to which Sue Dodd was an early contributor – and the core principles of data citation that have emerged through a collaborative synthesis. We then discuss an example of the current state of the practice, and identify the remaining implementation challenges.
altmancrosasiassistqforthcoming.pdf