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Scholarly Communication Events

Our Scholarly Communication events are designed to provide an open forum for discussions of how research and scholarship are changing and for continuing University dialogue surrounding initiatives in scholarly communication.

If you would like to be notified of upcoming events, or if you would like more information about past or future events, send an email to Meg Oakley, Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communication.

Past Events:

Scholarly Uses of the Internet in Science

Friday, November 1, 2013

With panelists Professor Anne Rosenwald, Department of Biology,
Professor Lisa Singh, Department of Computer Science,
and moderator Professor Janet Mann, Departments of Biology and Psychology, Vice Provost for Research

This symposium brought together a panel of experts in computer science and biology to discuss the ways that scientists use the Internet to create knowledge, disseminate and share data and communicate ideas, opinions and concepts. With examples from their own experience, the panelists highlighted some of the greatest opportunities and challenges new technologies offer the sciences.  They also explored the issue of whether the use of the Internet for scholarly communication in science differs from its use in the social sciences or humanities.

Online Courses, Assessment, Certification, and Credit

Friday, April 12, 2013


Lori Breslow, MIT Teaching & Learning Laboratory
Inna Lisker, Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education
John Rinderle, Open Learning Initiative Carnegie Mellon University
Theresa Schlaffly, CNDLS

The spring 2013 symposium focused on a discussion of student learning and assessment in an online environment. This came in the context of the launch of a major campaign to expand Georgetown's technology-assisted learning (ITEL). This new initiative stirred a lively discussion on campus about online learning, and particularly about models for assessment, certification, and credit in massive open online courses. Our symposium brought representatives of some key players in online education to campus, and lets them share their vision, experiences (and evidence!) with our faculty.

Social Media in Academia

Friday, November 2, 2012


Rachel Pugh (GU Office of Communications); Richard Price (CEO, Academia.edu); David Ribes (Georgetown University); Guest of Honor and Moderator: Neeru Paharia (McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University)

At universities, social media enjoy great popularity as tools to connect privately and informally with friends and colleagues. In addition, these tools offer features that allow users to promote and highlight their professional or academic work, to follow the work of others, and even to engage in new types of collaborative research.

This symposium focused on the impact of new information technology on scholarship, and on scholarly networks. It highlighted the ways in which individuals and institutions can harness the power of social media, and provided an overview of Georgetown’s policies and initiatives.

Planning and Promoting the creation of scientific knowledge: Three perspectives

Monday, April 30, 2012


Amy Brand (Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments | HARVARD UNIVERSITY)

Lynne Herndon (Senior Vice President of Global Academic Relations | ELSEVIER)

"I believe that publishers, often with the help of participating researchers, will continue to add value to content by inventing new tools to enhance their workflows. I believe a form of peer review will always exist and that as information proliferates, the need for filtering and curation will also grow. I believe that publishing will be funded in a multitude of ways. And I hope that science will continue to play a major role in scholarship and an increasing one in an informed society."

Micah Altman (Director of Research | MIT Libraries) [License of recording: CC-BY-SA]

"Since knowledge is not a private good, a pure market approach leads to underprovisioning. Planning for access to the scholarly record should include planning for long-term access beyond the life of a single institution. Important problems in scholarly communications, information science & scholarship increasingly require diverse multi-disciplinary approaches."

What Hath Google Wrought? The Escalating Legal Conflicts Over Old Books

Friday, November 4, 2011


Allan Adler, Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs in the Washington, D.C. office of the Association of American Publishers (AAP)

Jonathan Band, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School, who also maintains his own law firm, Jonathan Band PLLC

Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University