Brown Bag

Can We Fix Peer Review? - A Brown Bag with Philip N. Cohen

Tue Nov 6, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

NE36 - 6th Floor Shared Conference Room

Abstract:

Contemporary journal peer review is beset by a range of problems. These include (a) long delay times to publication, during which time research is inaccessible; (b) weak incentives to conduct reviews, resulting in high refusal rates as the pace of journal publication increases; (c) quality control problems that produce both errors of commission (accepting erroneous work) and omission (passing over important work, especially null findings); (d) unknown levels of bias, affecting both who is asked to perform peer review and how reviewers treat...

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A History of the Internet - a Brown Bag with Scott Bradner

Mon Nov 13, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-202

Abstract:

In a way the Russians caused the Internet.  This talk will describe how that happened (hint it was not actually the Bomb) and follow the path that has led to the current Internet of (unpatchable) Things (the IoT) and the Surveillance Economy.

About the discussant:

Scott Bradner was involved in the design, operation and use of data networks at Harvard University since the early days of the ARPANET. He was involved in the design of the original Harvard data networks, the Longwood Medical Area network (LMAnet) and New England Academic and Research Network (...

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Safety Nets: Rescue and Revival for Endangered Born-Digital Records- a Brownbag with Jefferson Bailey

Mon Oct 23, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

E53-212

Abstract 

The web is now firmly established as the primary communication and publication platform for sharing and accessing social and cultural materials. This networked world has created both opportunities and pitfalls for libraries and archives in their mission to preserve and provide ongoing access to knowledge. How can the affordances of the web be leveraged to drastically extend the plurality of representation in the archive? What challenges are imposed by the intrinsic ephemerality and mutability of online information?  What methodological reorientations are demanded...

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Reality Bytes - Utilizing VR and AR in the Library Space- a Brownbag with Matt Bernhardt

Wed Jun 21, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401 also via WebEx +1-617-324-0000 Access code:648 311 173

Terms like "virtual reality" and "augmented reality" have existed for a long time. In recent years, thanks to products like Google Cardboard and games like Pokemon Go, an increasing number of people have gained first-hand experience with these once-exotic technologies. The MIT Libraries are no exception to this trend. The Program on Information Science has conducted enough experimentation that we would like to share what we have learned, and solicit ideas for further investigation.

This discussion will present participants with a first-hand opportunity to not only to hear about the...

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Creative Data Literacy: Bridging the Gap Between the Data-haves and Have-nots - a Brown Bag with Catherine D’Ignazio

Tue May 23, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

Abstract 

Communities, governments, libraries and organizations are swimming in data—demographic data, participation data, government data, social media data—but very few understand what to do with it. Though governments and foundations are creating open data portals and corporations are creating APIs, these rarely focus on use, usability, building community or creating impact. So although there is an explosion of data, there is a significant lag in data literacy at the scale of communities and citizens. This creates a situation of data-haves and have-nots which is troubling...

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Labor and Reward in Science: Do Women Have an Equal Voice in Scholarly Communication? a Brown Bag with Cassidy Sugimoto

Mon Sep 25, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

Despite progress, gender disparities in science persist. Women remain underrepresented in the scientific workforce and under rewarded for their contributions. This talk will examine multiple layers of gender disparities in science, triangulating data from scientometrics, surveys, and social media to provide a broader perspective on the gendered nature of scientific communication. The extent of gender disparities and the ways in which new media are changing these patterns will be discussed. The talk will end with a discussion of interventions, with a particular focus on the roles of...

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SolarSPELL: The Solar Powered Educational Learning Library - Experiential Learning and Iterative Development a Brown Bag with Laura Hosman

Wed Apr 19, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-202

Abstract

Access to high-quality, relevant information is absolutely foundational for a quality education. Yet, so many schools across the developing world lack fundamental resources, like textbooks, libraries, electricity and Internet connectivity. The SolarSPELL (Solar Powered Educational Learning Library) is designed specifically to address these infrastructural challenges, by bringing relevant, digital educational content to offline, off-grid locations. SolarSPELL is a portable, ruggedized, solar-powered digital library that broadcasts a webpage with open-access educational...

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Brown Bag: Making Decisions in a World Awash in Data: We’re going to need a different boat

Mon Nov 14, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

Making Decisions in a World Awash in Data: We’re going to need a different boat

In this session, Dr. Anthony Scriffignano, SVP/Chief Data Scientist at Dun and Bradstreet will explore some of the ways in which the massive availability of data is changing and the types of questions we must ask in the context of making business decisions.  Truth be told, nearly all organizations struggle to make sense out of the mounting data already within the enterprise. At the same time, businesses, individuals, and governments continue to try to outpace one another, often in...

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Brown Bag: The Visual Component: More Than Pretty Pictures - with Felice Frankel

Wed May 11, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

Abstract:

Visual representation of all kinds are becoming more important in our ever growing image-based society, especially in science and technology.  Yet there has been little emphasis on developing standards in creating or critiquing those representations.  We must begin to consider images as more than tangential components of information and find ways to seamlessly search for accurate and honest depictions of complex scientific phenomena.  I will discuss a few ideas to that end and show my own process of making visual representations in sciences...

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July IAP: Confidential Information - Storage, Sharing, & Publication - with Micah Altman

Tue Jul 19, 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

Confidential Information - Storage, Sharing, & Publication

This class focuses on the tools and good practices for storing confidential data, sharing data for collaboration, and publishing data or derivative results for broad use.  Topics covered in this class include: an overview of information security standards and frameworks; information security core practices (credentials, authentication, authorization, and auditing); information partitioning and secure linking; file...

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Brown Bag: Come Together Right Now: An Introduction to the Open Access Network - with Rebecca Kennison

Tue Oct 18, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E53-212

Officially launched just over a year ago, the Open Access Network (OAN) offers a transformative, sustainable, and scalable model of open access (OA) publishing and preservation that encourages partnerships among scholarly societies, research libraries, and other partners (e.g., academic publishers, university presses, collaborative e-archives) who share a common mission to support the creation and distribution of open research and scholarship and to encourage more affordable education, which can be a direct outcome of OA publishing. Our ultimate...

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Brown Bag: Issues in Curating the Open Web at Scale - with Gary Price

Tue Sep 20, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

Much of the web remains invisible: resources are undescribed, unindexed or simply buried --  as many people rarely look past the first page of Google searches or are unavailable from traditional library resources.

At the same time many traditional library databases pay little attention to quality content from credible sources accessible on the open web.

How do we build collections of quality open-web resources (i.e. documents, specialty databases, and multimedia) and make them accessible to individuals and user groups when and where they need it...

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Brown Bag: Can Computers be Feminist? Procedural Politics and Computational Creativity with Gillian Smith

Tue Jun 14, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

Can Computers be Feminist? Procedural Politics and Computational Creativity

Abstract: Computers are increasingly taking on the role of a creator—making content for games, participating on twitter, generating paintings and sculptures. These computationally creative systems embody formal models of both the product they are creating and the process they follow. Like that of their human counterparts, the work of algorithmic artists is open to criticism and interpretation, but such analysis requires a framework for discussing the politics embedded in procedural...

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Brown Bag: Searching in Harsh Environments - with Ophir Frieder

Tue Mar 15, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

A Libraries & Big Data Brown Bag brought to you by the Information Science program at the MIT Libraries.

 

Many consider “searching” a solved problem, and for digital text processing, this belief is factually based.  The problem is that many "real world" search applications involve "complex documents", and such applications are far from solved.  Complex documents, or less formally, "real world documents", comprise of a mixture of images, text, signatures, tables, etc., and are often available only in scanned hardcopy formats. ...

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Brown Bag: Towards an Open Science Publishing Platform - with Vitek Tracz

Tue Feb 23, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-117

The traditional way of publishing new findings in journals is becoming increasingly outdated and no longer serves the needs of much of science.  Vitek will discuss a new approach being developed by F1000, an Open Science Platform, that combines immediate publication (like a preprint) with formal, invited, and transparent post-publication peer review.  This bypasses the many problems of the current journal system and, in doing so, moves the evaluation of research and researchers away from the journal-based Impact Factor and towards a fairer system of article-based qualitative and...

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