COAR Controlled Vocabulary, “Resource Type”

COAR is pleased to announce the release of the Resource Type Vocabulary, Version 2. This vocabulary, which is now available in 15 languages, provides standardized terms for different types of content contained in a repository. Controlled vocabularies ensure that “everyone is using the same word to mean the same thing” and are key to achieving the COAR vision of a global knowledge commons, based on an interoperable, international network of open repositories. The Resource Type Vocabulary supports discovery of content by allowing readers to confidently search and browse across systems according to the “type” of content they are looking for.

The Resource Type Vocabulary is one of three vocabularies published to date by COAR. The other two are Access Rights Vocabulary and Version Type Vocabulary. All vocabularies are openly available in SKOS format (using SKOS eXtension for Labels) with concepts identified using URIs, supporting a hierarchical model with multilingual labels. For Resource Type Version 2.0, the Editorial Board has improved and expanded on the initial release of the vocabulary with new concepts and labels based on the community feedback. Mapping of the labels to other ontologies such as info:eu-repo, Bibo Ontology, DCMI, FaBiO Ontology, DataCite and CASRAI dictionary is available and has been updated. In addition, all three COAR Controlled Vocabularies are used in the OpenAIRE 4.0 Metadata Guidelines.

SOURCE: New release of the COAR Controlled Vocabulary, “Resource Type”

Net-Art; Remote online digital studio art course

Net-Art is a remote online digital studio art course intended to expose and expand the vocabulary of new media art to the student’s personal visual statements.

Students are expected to produce a related series of electronic art works with a concentration on experimentation and the transcendence of ideas.

Through various processes, both manual and technology based, students will be exposed to the use and application of electronic media via desktop and mobile art practice. Students may reference their work in conjunction with prior interests in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video & performance art as well as any other inter-disciplinary subjects of interest.

The course will take place here on this URL using (OER) Open Education Resources, Public Domain and other Creative Commons Sources.

OER Commons

OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners. Diving into OER Commons is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with other educators and learners, at the forefront of a new educational era.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.

In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

From a single point of access in OER Commons, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons’ growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. Here are some curated collections to start exploring.

https://www.oercommons.org

Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI)

Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI) builds and sustains an active community around the shared idea of a “Digital GC,” where scholars and technologists explore new modes of inquiry that thoughtfully integrate digital tools and methods into the research, teaching, and service missions of the institution.

Comprised of a constellation of centers and labs, initiatives, and academic programs and a tightly knit group of fellows, faculty, and staff, GCDI creates programming and resources that can benefit anyone at the Graduate Center. We offer events and workshops, drop-in office hours, faculty consultations, working groups, week-long institutes, Monday Maker Hours, and Python Users’ Group (PUG) meetings that are open to the entire community. Our websites offer valuable resources and updates about the many opportunities there are to be part of the #DigitalGC.

Our activities, and the activities of our institutional partners, take place in a variety of spaces, including labs and centers. Our newest addition, the GC Maker Space, is part of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, and we are in the planning stages of a forthcoming CUNY Center for Digital Scholarship and Data Visualization funded by a CUNY 2020 grant.

A leader in digital humanities, GCDI creates research and projects –including the CUNY Academic Commons, Commons In A Box (CBOX), Social Paper, DH Box, Manifold Scholarship, Beyond Citation–that have been supported by public and private grants. Students in academic programs associated with GCDI enjoy the benefit of hands-on experience with long-standing digital humanities scholars and projects, such as the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

https://gcdi.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Open Educational Resources – Open & Affordable Education Committee

Open and Affordable Education Committee launches new website.

The high cost of textbooks has become a major problem for many students. However, there is a group at Iowa State working against the cost barrier by advocating for the use of less costly course materials in the classroom.

The Open & Affordable Education Committee, a partnership between the University Library, CELT (Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching), ISU Book Store, the Senior Vice President and Provost, Student Government, and others, provides support for faculty interested in affordable course materials at Iowa State.

The committee can provide support to help faculty understand the options available to them to make their courses more affordable for students including access to course reserves and open educational resources (OER), among others.

One way the committee has worked to raise awareness about affordable course material options is by creating a website about OER: free, openly licensed educational materials that can be edited by instructors.

News, events, and information about the services available to faculty interested in OER and other affordable course materials available at Iowa State will be shared via this website oer iastate.

An important feature on the site is the OER Trailblazers Showcase, which highlights the work that select instructors at Iowa State University are doing to make their courses more affordable for students.

To learn more about Open Educational Resources at ISU, visit the new OER website or contact Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian.

OER Knowledge Cloud

The OER Knowledge Cloud is being updated regularly by professional librarians and by volunteers.

The Cloud data, whether that be journal articles (i.e. papers in periodicals), reports (e.g. government, industrial), books or other items, is fully searchable. The items are freely extractable from the database and or linked to a relevant URL.

We are anticipating that Athabasca University Library will become a repository for all data that deals with Open Educational Resources and will be able to be the source of electronic copies of many references.

OER Repositories and Resources

https://oerknowledgecloud.org

Editage Insights

Editage Insights offers a wealth of free academic research and publishing resources and is a one-stop guide for authors and others involved in scholarly publishing. Our original resources for authors and journals will help you become an expert in academic publishing. Register for comprehensive research tips and expert advice on English writing, journal publishing, good publication practices, trends in publishing, and a lot more.

https://www.editage.com/insights/

Open Educational Resources vs Open Access

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available online materials that anyone can use for learning and/or teaching. Examples are courses- including MOOCs (Massive Online Open Course), lectures, teaching materials, assignments and various other resources. OERs are available in many different formats compatible with online usage most obviously text, images, audio and video.

Anyone with internet access can access and use OERs; access is not dependent on location or membership of a particular institution. OERs are particularly useful for researchers, teachers and learners. Educational institutions and providers enhance their websites by creating and maintaining access to OERs and service providers such as iTunes U, SlideShare, YouTube and Jorum also have many OERs to offer.

OERs use Creative Commons (CC) licenses to ensure that materials can be used in a wide variety of ways e.g. edited, remixed, enhanced and copied.

Open Access (OA) refers to freely available content permanently online such as scholarly articles and journals. These resources can be reused and there is some scope for alteration. OER, on the other hand, encourages remixing and redistibution of the resource and covers a much wider range of materials.

SOURCE: http://libguides.unisa.ac.za/c.php?g=355663&p=3473210