Open Science Declarations

On this page I have listed open science declarations of my research and teaching efforts. The point of these declarations is to show how open science choices are made throughout the research and teaching processes, and to identify obstacles that may arise in the endeavour to be as open as possible in my academic practices.

Page published: 2021-09-25
Last update: 2022-01-10

Research

”AI library study circle”

  • Process of transcribing the recorded focus group interview:
    • An automatic transcription in Swedish was made using Panopto (an audio/video editing software in use at ÅA which is not open source, cf. Teaching / Knowledge Organization below).
    • The automatic transcription was edited/corrected using oTranscribe, an open source software created ”to make the manual task of transcribing audio a little less painful” which is ”designed in a way that your data (both the audio file and the written transcript) never leaves your local computer”. O for privacy (yes I’m using Hogwarts grades) but if you’re used to cloud services you need to plan your workflow accordingly.
  • Collecting survey data:
    • LibApps’ LibWizard was used for for data collection.
    • Downloaded as csv files.
    • ”Keep it simple, stupid!” I told myself, and opted for the LibreOffice Calc text-to-columns function instead of figuring out multiple dividers in OpenRefine.

The Lindgren Code

  • General information about the research project at its webpage at The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books.
  • Crowdsourcing/transcription platform: Omeka-S and Scripto installed on a university server. The Scripto transcription module runs on Omeka-S and MediaWiki.
    • We also considered From The Page and Zooniverse.
      We did a trial run with Zooniverse and Omeka and decided upon the latter because it suited our (and our crowd’s) need better.
      We chose Omeka-S over From The Page because there was a pre-existing installation of Omeka on the library servers. The choice to have an Omeka installation at the library was based on needs beyond a transcription platform, e.g. to experiment with online exhibitions.

Teaching

Open educational resource: Webbskrapning av Twitter

  • The text/pdf documents were written in NeoOffice v. 2017.32. NeoOffice is an open source office suite for Mac, based on OpenOffice and LibreOffice. It is one of few open source programmes I’ve paid for, and you can read the interesting specifics about this in their FAQ.
  • The videos were recorded with the screenshot tool native to MacOS and edited with iMovie. (I did try OpenShot (which wouldn’t launch on my computer :() and Kdenlive (which 1. was very complex and 2. did something wonky with the sound recording), so in the end I went with the easy option. If you don’t have a video editing software included in your computer, those two options might be worth a look though!)

Information Society, 5 ECTS, Åbo Akademi University (ÅA)

  • General information about course content: Link to course
  • ÅA uses the Moodle learning platform, which is open source software. (Might interest you to know that the very common learning platform (or LMS – learning management system) Canvas is also open source (I thought it wasn’t!), here’s an interesting article about that.)

Information Seeking, 5 ECTS, Åbo Akademi University (ÅA)

  • General information about course content: Link to course
    • The course is run as a self-study course with prerecorded lectures. I opted to use the previous lecturer’s recordings (as they are the one I’m subbing for anyway) so I didn’t produce a lot of new material for this course.
  • Many general tools are similar to what was used in the course Knowledge Organization, so please see that section for an open science review of softwares and tools. (This concerns: Moodle, PDFs, and Panopto.)
  • In the assignment on evaluation of results from search engines, I exchanged the previously mandated use of Google in favour of Qwant, a French, EU-based search engine which claims to respect users’ privacy and not use advertising tracking. (I have heard some criticism, e.g. in the Wikipedia article, of Qwant so I’d be happy to discuss and review this use – maybe DuckDuckGo is a better alternative?)
  • Course literature:

Knowledge Organization, 5 ECTS, Åbo Akademi University (ÅA)

  • General information about course content: Link to course
  • ÅA uses the Moodle learning platform, which is open source software. (Might interest you to know that the very common learning platform (or LMS – learning management system) Canvas is also open source (I thought it wasn’t!), here’s an interesting article about that.)
  • Presentations for lectures were made in LibreOffice Impress 7.2.0.4
    • The fonts used in presentations was Nunito Sans, licensed under the SIL Open Font License. (Except the very first presentation, in which I used Avenir Next which I mistakenly thought was open.)
    • The images used in presentations were either from the slide deck provided in templates from ÅA, screenshots of my own work, or openly licensed images from the following sources: Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay or Unsplash. (A few exceptions here as well: I used meme images of Star Trek captains drinking hot beverages to introduce Zoom coffee breaks, and as we know meme images is gray zone copyright-wise.)
  • Presentations were shared with the students as PDFs (1.6), which admittedly is a difficult format when it comes to openness.
  • Code examples for the course were made in Atom 1.58.0.
  • Online lectures were held in Zoom, which is the preferred video client in use at ÅA.
  • Video recordings of the presentations were made available through Panopto, a video editing software in use at ÅA which is not open source.
  • Demonstration of webpages were done in Mozilla Firefox 92.0.
  • For an exercise during online class I used Padlet, which is free to use (i.e. I probably pay with my data) but not open source. I should look into these alternatives but I simply didn’t have the time to this time around.