Welcome!Open Scholar Cafe logo with steaming mug and open padlock

The Open Scholar Café is a monthly virtual forum for members of the ISU community to meet and discuss open research and scholarship with their peers. Each month, a new topic will be discussed or presented. 

When: 9:00-10:00 am on the third Thursday/Wednesday of each month.

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Upcoming Café information

Title Coming soon!

9-10am CST Wednesday, January 19th

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Future Café dates and topics

  • 9-10am CST Thursday, February 17th: (Suggest a topic with our suggestion form linked above!)
  • 9-10am CST Wednesday, March 16th: (Suggest a topic with our suggestion form linked above!)
  • 9-10am CST Thursday, April 21st: (Suggest a topic with our suggestion form linked above!)

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Don't miss an event! Sign up to get invitations to the next Café and to meet your "open" peers at Iowa State. We will occasionally also send information about related events but we promise not to spam you. 

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Past topics

Past cafe topics and recordings
DateCafé TopicPresenter(s)Meeting Notes/Recording
11/17/2021Data and Copyright: It's complicatedMegan O'Donnell, 
Iowa State University
Meeting recording - YouTube
(Coming soon!)
10/28/2021Preprints at Iowa State UniversityIddo Friedberg,
Eric Schares,
Iowa State University
Meeting recording - YouTube
(Coming soon!)
09/15/2021Reimagining Research Assessment Anna Hatch
Meeting recording - YouTube
(External link)
07/21/2021Practical Paths to Open: Partnering with the Library to Make Your Research OpenMatthew Goddard, Abbey Elder, Hope Craft
Iowa State University
Presentation slides
(External link)
06/17/2021Copyright for ResearchersWill Cross
North Carolina State University
Presentation slides
(External link)
05/19/2021The Digital Press: Open Access Publishing through ISUHarrison W. Inefuku
Iowa State University
Presentation slides (PDF Download)
04/15/2021Federal Data Management (+ Sharing) PlansMegan O'Donnell
Iowa State University
Meeting notes summary
(External link)
03/17/2021Open Educational Resources: Projects and Support at Iowa StateAbbey Elder
Iowa State University

Meeting transcript
(DOC download)

02/18/2021Prioritizing and Supporting Open Access through Publisher AgreementsCurtis Brundy
Iowa State University
Meeting recording - YouTube (External link)

    Code of Conduct

    The Open Scholar Café is a welcoming, supportive, and comfortable space where harassment is not tolerated in any form.

    Harassment includes offensive comments related to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, country of origin, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, religion, veteran status or other protected class status; discriminatory or offensive images; intimidation; stalking; harassing or unwanted recording; sustained disruption of talks; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants violating the anti-harassment policy will be warned or booted from current and future meetings by the coordinators.

    Participants may discuss sensitive, discriminatory, offensive, or triggering topics when they are relevant to the subject of the meetings itself (e.g., a meeting focusing on the silencing of trans* history in institutional repositories, or about microaggressions experienced by people of color in academia), but sensitive content and discussion topics should be made clear to participants prior to the start of the meeting.

    Open Scholar Cafés are a place to share information, not only with other participants but also with those who may not be able to attend. Meetings are, by default, considered open and can be written about on social media and talked about outside of the meeting. If you do not want your words to be recorded or for either video or words to be attributed to you, please let participants and the coordinators know at the beginning of the meeting. As a courtesy, always ask prior to creating sound or video recordings of other participants. Please be thoughtful and respectful with your notes, recording, and sharing.

    Each monthly meeting may adopt different rules for sharing (e.g., fully recorded recordings posted, de-identified notes with attribution and made with permission) as long as the coordinator informs all participants who join the session about the expectations for sharing before the meeting begins.

    The Open Scholar Cafe's icon was inspired by and uses elements of "Cafe" by Hadi on the Noun Project.