Glen Worthey (Stanford University) Speaks at Western on “Margins of Error”

Announcing the first of this year’s IDI in Digital Humanities Speakers Series!

Glen Worthey
“Margins of Error”
Thursday Jan 24th
Lawson Hall 2270C.


Image Dr. Worthey will also be teaching a graduate workshop on TEI on Friday Jan 25th to be held at the CulturePlex Lab (UC114) 10:00am

Glen Worthey is Digital Humanities Librarian in the Stanford University Libraries, and head of the Libraries’ Digital Initiatives Group. Glen has been active in the digital humanities since about 1995, was a co-host of the international “Digital Humanities 2011” conference at Stanford. He’s currently a member of the Executive Board of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), the Steering Committee for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and the Board of Directors of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C).

Glen’s library work is focused on the selection, creation and curation of digital resources for humanities research and teaching at Stanford, and he is a member of the Stanford Literary Lab. His academic background and interests are in Russian literature (in which he is currently ABD at the University of California, Berkeley), Spanish language, translation theory and practice, and children’s literature and culture.

With thanks to Elika Ortega and Kimberley Martin for the work on this!

Aaron Swartz, Scholarship@Western, and Open Access

Explore Titles by DisciplineBelow is the text of an email that I sent out to all faculty and graduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University on 13 January, 2013.

Greetings all:

On Friday, Aaron Swartz, a brilliant young American programmer and Open Access advocate, committed suicide in Brooklyn. Swartz was, at the time of his death, facing prosecution from the US government for downloading 4 million articles from JSTOR via MIT’s computer network, and faced a $1 million fine and up to 35 years in prison for his “crime”; this despite the fact that he did not “hack” the system and made no attempt to distribute the articles. The “victim,” JSTOR itself, declined to prosecute Swartz, and publicly disavowed the Dept. of Justice’s case. Alex Stamos, an expert witness in the case, has written an excellent summary here:

In the wake of Swartz’s death, there has been an enormous upsurge in support for Open Access among academics online and elsewhere; those interested in following the discussion on Twitter can do so via the hashtag #pdftribute. In that spirit, I would like to remind you of the existence of two important resources for those interested in pursuing Open Access for scholarly publications.

1) Scholarship@Western is our own Open Access online repository for academic publication. Run by Western Libraries, Scholarship@Western “aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and broaden the international recognition of Western’s academic excellence by providing open access to Western’s intellectual output and professional achievements. It also serves as a platform to support Western’s scholarly communication needs and provides an avenue for the compliance of research funding agencies’ open access policies.” Any faculty member or student can deposit eligible research publications, and create a profile, in Scholarship@Western.

2) Most journals and academic publishers have in place policies regarding the Open Access online archiving of research materials. In some cases, these are quite liberal, and permit, for instance, the immediate archiving of PDF copies of pre- or post-print copies of an article, or archiving 12 months after initial print publication.  SHERPA/ROMEO is a database that makes available information on the Open Access and archiving policies of an enormous number of scholarly journals, and makes it possible to determine easily the policies of a particular journal within which you may have published.

If you have not already, I hope that you will give some thought to supporting Open Access publication, and raising, in the process, Western’s international research profile, through the use of Scholarship@Western.


Mark McDayter