1 Course Overview
In today’s class, we’ll go over:
- Who I am, my teaching philosophy
- Who y’all are
- The class structure, policies, & the syllabus
But first! Please fill out the initial self-assessment (my eyes only): https://goo.gl/forms/IFjgjYTn95UQ0jWw1 & this fun survey which I’ll use later on in class: https://goo.gl/forms/mzkTQh8JlvgP9YAN2
1.1 Introducing me
This is me! I’m Vicky Steeves and this is your co-instructor, Little Boss (LB for short):
I’m the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University, and I’m a Visiting Assistant Professor here at Pratt. My pronouns are she/her. Some basic facts about my professional background:
- BS in Computer Science & Information Technology from Simmons College
- MLIS from Simmons College
- National Digital Stewardship Residency, 2014-2015 at the American Museum of Natural History
- My project was to gain a broad overview of the extent and status of AMNH digital assets pertaining to Science. To do so I developed a structured interview guide designed to measure and describe scientific digital assets resulting in a metric to predict ongoing data curation needs.
- Current position at NYU, 2015 - now
- A dual appointment between NYU’s Division of Libraries and Center for Data Science. I support students, faculty, staff, and researchers in creating well-managed, high quality, and reproducible research.
- My research centers on integrating reproducible practices into the research workflow, advocating openness in all facets of research (manuscripts, code, data, analysis tools, etc.), and building/contributing to open infrastructure. I have a great passion for community-owned, open source tools and infrastructure for reusable, reproducible, well-documented, and responsible sharing of research. I think a lot about the corporate capture of the scholarly record, and how my work in data management and reproducibility can either contribute to or disrupt that.
- I am also the co-founder of the LIS Scholarship Archive, an open repository for library and information science scholarship.
I am a fairly laid-back instructor. I believe in balancing knowledge of best practices and theory with hands-on exercises to amplify understanding and build skill-sets in learners. I want to collaborate with learners on building a community within the classroom and in the field writ large.
If you’re interested in learning more about my background, ethics, interests, I just chatted with Thomas Padilla about it here: https://acrl.ala.org/dh/2018/04/04/repro/
1.2 Introduce y’all
Please share with the class:
- Your name
- Preferred pronouns (if comfortable doing so)
- What you want to do after you graduate
- The best breakfast you’ve ever had in your life
- If an extra-terrestrial civilization demanded an updated version of the Golden Voyager Record, what files would you upload?
- 1 recommendation of a restaurant, movie, book, article, yoga position, album, broadway show, etc.
1.3 Introducing the class
I want to give everyone lots of opportunities for hands-on application work of the best practices we’ll discuss. As such, most classes will look like this:
- 00:00 - 00:45: Student-led discussion of readings
- 00:45 - 01:45: Lecture
- 01:45 - 02:00: Break
- 02:00 - 03:00: Exploratory lab/activity
Now, let’s look at the syllabus!
- Bring in a piece of data that’s not digital. We’ll discuss this at the beginning of next class.
- Send me two weeks when you’d like to faciliate discussion. If everyone asks for the same weeks, I’ll have to make some decisions for folks.
- Do the readings & be prepared to discuss them.