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Conversations with folks to generate momentum and optimism around knowledge futures and cultures. An output of Commonplace, a publication run by Knowledge Futures.
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Go for Double: on the "Read & Let Read" Model

convos on the commonJan 17, 2023

Balancing trailblazing and tradition
Aug 15, 202346:04
Nurturing non-traditional science
Mar 30, 202354:19
The State of (Scientific) Innovation
Feb 13, 202359:25
Go for Double: on the "Read & Let Read" Model
Jan 17, 202347:26
Shifting Scientific Behaviors

Shifting Scientific Behaviors

Welcome to Convos on the Common, a Commonplace podcast. In this episode, we chat with Bart Penders, an Associate Professor at Maastricht University in the Netherlands about his recent publication: “Process and Bureaucracy: Scientific Reform as Civilization.” Our conversation focuses on different reform movements, pre-registered reports, how shame motivates publishing behaviors, and the plurality found at every level of bureaucracy.

You can find an interactive transcript of this podcast on Commonplace.

Dec 01, 202256:50
Towards Equal Footing: Building community with rurality in mind

Towards Equal Footing: Building community with rurality in mind

A conversation about communicating amongst scientists, clinicians, policy makers, and rural communities with the communications specialist of the Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research Network. Read the transcript here.

I (sarah kearns, host) get to chat with my friend and college Dr. Ellen Brennen. The topic emerged out of one of her tweets that I thought was an important part of the discourse around media literacy and actually understanding communities that scientists/policy makers try to serve. The Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network connects researchers, clinicians, and the public with the resources they need to conduct clinical, translational, and community health projects. While there are many Clinical and Translational Research Networks around the country, what makes this one unique is that it serves and works with predominantly rural communities in their community outreach which serves as a unique challenge. As their communications specialist, Ellen is responsible for managing the networks online presence, supporting researchers in communicating their science effectively, and helping network leadership develop strong applications and strategies for research impacting community health. We really dive into the use of jargon (“science speak”), how to foster healthy discourse amongst different community types, the particularities of addressing rural communities and dismantling assumptions, and the policy and infrastructural changes needed to best provide resources equitably to everyone.

Oct 06, 202201:16:31
Layers of Trust: Creating data provenance standards to combat misinformation and human rights crises
Sep 19, 202245:00
Poetry in the Stacks: The Wanderverse Project

Poetry in the Stacks: The Wanderverse Project

The Wanderverse Project is a collaborative poetry project in MIT's Hayden Library. Each co-created poem is called a “Wanderverse.” The purpose of this project is to draw the MIT public in to explore spaces in Hayden Library they wouldn't otherwise get a chance to visit, and to promote stack browsing.

I (sarah, your host) became interested in this project out of the intense feeling of FOMO. Living in central New York, the Hayden Library — and thus the immersive and exploratory experience — is not accessible to me (and most people on the planet) without some amount of planning and traveling. As events wane from being fully remote and back to physical spaces, I needed to learn more about this embodied experience creating poetry, and how this event at the library interfaced the boundaries of IRL and URL experiences in their magical Wanderverse.

The conversation that follows is with MIT Digital Humanities Lab creative technologist and visiting research associate Asya Aizman along with Ece Turnator, and Mark Szarko of the MIT Libraries. We end up discussing what authorship means when a publication is found and curated, what it means to merge digital and analogue content, the constant re-hashing of ideas and art to make something new, and the joy that comes from self-directed exploration.

Read along our annotated transcript over on Commonplace

Jul 28, 202230:43
Saying the Quiet Part Loud: Making incremental and big gains in library licensing agreements

Saying the Quiet Part Loud: Making incremental and big gains in library licensing agreements

In this podcast, we chat with NERL’s Lindsay Cronk, Maridath Wilson, and Liz Mengel about the recent Backflip open access pilot deal with Elsevier. The first of it’s kind, it aims to gain retroactive access to older publications, not just new ones in a sort of rent-to-own model. But this conversation goes far beyond just the deal itself: we talk about the importance of incremental change, identifying institutional- and consortial-level values, using resources wisely, and having a pizza party.

And we jump right into it because the energy on the day we recorded was high and fun!

Read more about the NERL Playbook or read the transcript over on Commonplace.

May 11, 202201:04:11
More to Open than Access

More to Open than Access

The publishing academic complex is out of control, and current policies will only open future publications and not the backlog of research. How do you change a system which has so much social and economic power over scholarship? In this episode, we'll be chatting with Peter Murray-Rust, a chemist at the University of Cambridge, about open beyond just access, and the challenges of making changes that will have a global impact on Scholarly Communications. 

Read the interactive transcript over on Commonplace.

Nov 15, 202146:37
Integrating pluralism
Oct 04, 202150:24
Community and culture-centered code
Jul 15, 202159:14