GC Library ArcGIS, Data Mgt, and Research Metrics Workshops

October 19, 2013 in Workshop

The Library is holding some events this fall that might be of interest to OpenCUNY participants. Check it out.

ArcGIS, Data Mgt, and Research Metrics Workshops

Register now for the following library workshops taking place in October and November! All classes will be taught by visiting librarian Meg Smith.

  • Intro to ArcGIS- This workshop will introduce the ArcMap user interface and the fundamentals of interacting with spatial datasets in ArcGIS mapping software. RSVP for either session
    • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 4-5.15 pm
    • Thursday, Nov. 14, 6.30-7.30 pm
  • Research Metrics for the Rest of Us- Come learn how scholarly output is measured (through impact factors, citation counts, h-index and more!) plus why it matters for you. RSVP for either session
    • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6.30-7.30
    • Thursday, Nov. 21, 4.15-5.15
  • Planning for Data Management- This workshop introduces best practices for managing and preserving your research data, as well as what federal granting agencies (NSF/NIH) are looking for in your data management plan. RSVP for either session
    • Thursday, Nov. 14, 4.15-5.15
    • Thursday, Nov. 21, 6.30-7.30

Questions? Contact Amy Ballmer at aballmer@gc.cuny.edu  or 212.817.7059

    OpenCUNY Fall 2013 Welcome!

    September 16, 2013 in Feature, Welcome

    OpenCUNY, the student-governed, open source, academic medium for the CUNY Graduate Center community, would like to warmly welcome you back to another academic year and share some news and information about OpenCUNY.

    In the past year, OpenCUNY welcomed many new participants and participated in exciting digital initiatives, and this year we welcome two new coordinators to the fray while wishing our founder, Dr. Gregory Donovan, bonne chance in his new position as Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Saint Peter’s University. Laurie Hurson (Environmental Psychology) and Christina Nadler (Sociology) join Maggie Galvan (English) to help grow and innovate OpenCUNY and support and nourish our digital community. You can read our bios and contact us here: http://opencuny.org/coordinators/.

    Additionally, another welcome must be made to the newest version of WordPress, 3.6, which we switched to over the summer. With this upgrade comes native video and audio support (no need for a plugin), updated revision information, a whole new default theme (the Tumblr-esque Twenty Thirteen), and more. Read all about the new features here (http://wordpress.org/news/2013/08/oscar/) and don’t hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any questions.

    In 2012-2013, OpenCUNY actively participated in the Internet Research Team (http://internetresearchteam.commons.gc.cuny.edu/), helped sponsor and participate in an #OccupyData hackathon (http://opencuny.org/blog/2013/02/03/occupy-sandy-data-and-open-data-day-223/), organized a panel of Graduate Center students for the Theorizing the Web conference (http://opencuny.org/event/the-cuny-graduate-center-theorizing-a-public-web/), hosted a Cryptoparty (http://opencuny.org/event/cryptoparty/) and Techno Activism Third Monday (http://opencuny.org/blog/2013/06/05/internet-society-posts-video-of-opencuny-openitp-ta3m-event/), and more. We hope to continue such active collaboration this coming year with groups both inside and outside the Graduate Center.

    Keep Tabs on the OpenCUNY Community
    To stay in the loop with all the exciting work that is going on OpenCUNY, we encourage you to follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/opencuny) and connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/opencuny). Both these outlets share and circulate any new material published publicly on OpenCUNY.

    Tips & Tricks if You’re Still New to OpenCUNY/WordPress

    Ideas & Information to Further Your OpenCUNY Vision

    Collaborate with us!
    Are you organizing events that touch on technology, access, activism, open-source, etc.? We would love to put our heads together and potentially create/host/co-sponsor events with you! Contact us here: http://opencuny.org/event-collaboration/

    Chrissy, Laurie, Maggie.
    chrissy@opencuny.org, Coordinator for Organizing and Action
    laurie@opencuny.org, Coordinator for Planning and Development
    mgalvan@opencuny.org, Coordinator for Education and Support

      Internet Society Posts Video of @OpenCUNY + @OpenITP #TA3M Event

      June 5, 2013 in Event, Workshop

      From the Internet Society’s New York Chapter:
      At the OpenITP Techno-Activism Third Monday on May 20, 2013 at CUNY Graduate Center NYC, OpenCUNY presented Alfredo Lopez, founder of May First/People Link (MF/PL), who shared his experience running a progressive and collaborative ISP. Video is below.

        DSC Final Hiring Reminder: Two (Paid) OpenCUNY Coordinator Positions

        May 5, 2013 in Position

        Dear OpenCUNYers –

        As many of you know, the DSC plenary recently approved the hiring for a third coordinator. The new Coordinator for Organizing & Action will join the existing two coordinator positions to provided better support for our participants in the upcoming academic year, and to expand the scope of OpenCUNY’s current activities.

        Below is the job announcement for this new position as well the Coordinator for Planning & Development position. Please let Maggie or I know if you have any questions (info@opencuny.org / @opencuny)!

        NOTE: Since these positions are paid via stipend, they can be combined with any GC fellowship without issue.


        Doctoral Students’ Council’s OpenCUNY

        Applications due: May 7th, 2013

        The DSC seeks candidates for the following open positions at OpenCUNY:

        • Coordinator for Planning & Development
        • Coordinator for Organizing & Action


        OpenCUNY advocates on behalf of and provides Graduate Center students access to free and open source digital media, with attention given to the CUNY-wide free and open source digital media situation and its relations with Graduate Center students.

        Each new coordinator will serve from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, with the possibility of reappointment, and be paid an annual stipend of approximately $6300, which is paid in monthly stipends throughout the year.

        Applicants must be matriculated Graduate Center students with web
        development experience relevant to WordPress.

        The open position of Coordinator for Planning & Development shall be
        responsible for:

        • publicly maintaining an updated Terms of Participation and policies;
        • ensuring meetings of the OpenCUNY Board; 
        • performing system upgrades and plugin/theme installation in consultation with the Coordinator for Education & Support; 
        • assessing developments in free and open source software, with the aim of identifying new services to offer.


        The open position of  Coordinator for Organizing & Action shall be
        responsible for:

        • serving as primary liaison to other DSC affiliates, as well as the DSC Steering and Executive Committees;
        • developing, extending, & integrating action-oriented media within the OpenCUNY medium;
        • fostering connections with organizations who share OpenCUNY’s mission;
        • coordinating and conducting on-site documentation of activities related to OpenCUNY’s mission and scope.


        The two successful applicants will join Maggie Galvan (Coordinator for
        Education & Support) and together will be responsible for:

        • facilitating communication and decision-making among the OpenCUNY Board,
        • performing maintenance on the digital medium, administering participants’ accounts and requests, • ensuring the reliability of the medium and adoption of open standards, and
        • ensuring that all activities of OpenCUNY are in compliance with the DSC Constitution and Bylaws.


        Please indicate for which position you are applying. If applying both positions, please address this in your cover letter. Forward CVs and cover letters to Eero Laine, DSC Co-Chair for Student Affairs by Tuesday, May 7th, 2013: ccsa@cunydsc.org

          Reminder: Vote for the 2013-14 OpenCUNY Board by tomorrow!

          April 29, 2013 in OpenCUNY Board

          Don’t forget to vote for the 2013-14 OpenCUNY Board (polls are open until April 30th, 11:59 p.m.). To vote, you must be a registered participant of OpenCUNY.org. To vote for yourself or another OpenCUNY participant, click the following link to the DSC eBallot nomination site and follow the login instructions: https://eballot4.votenet.com/dsc/login.cfm. Short bios of the nominees are available if you click “details” to the right of their name.

          ABOUT THE BOARD: The OpenCUNY Board consists of the OpenCUNY Coordinators and four elected OpenCUNY participants. The OpenCUNY Board will continue development of the Terms of Participation that defines OpenCUNY.org’s governance policy and any other policies deemed appropriate by the board. The OpenCUNY Board will meet approximately two times a semester. Please consult DSC Bylaw 4.3 for more information on the OpenCUNY Board and our Terms of Participation.

          QUESTIONS: info@opencuny.org

            Nominations for the 2013-14 OpenCUNY Board

            February 20, 2013 in OpenCUNY Board, Terms of Participation

            Nominations for the 2013-14 OpenCUNY Board are now open (until February 28th, 11:59 p.m.). To place a nomination, you must be a registered participant of OpenCUNY.org. To nominate yourself or another OpenCUNY participant to the OpenCUNY Board, click the following link to the DSC eBallot nomination site and follow the login instructions:


            ABOUT THE BOARD: The OpenCUNY Board consists of the two OpenCUNY Coordinators and four elected OpenCUNY participants. The OpenCUNY Board will continue development of the Terms of Participation that defines OpenCUNY.org’s governance policy and any other policies deemed appropriate by the board. The OpenCUNY Board will meet approximately two times a semester. Please consult DSC Bylaw 4.3 for more information on the OpenCUNY Board and our Terms of Participation.

            QUESTIONS: info@opencuny.org

              Join the Internet Research Team today & this semester!

              February 7, 2013 in Event, Workshop

              Are you conducting or thinking about online or digital research for your dissertation or other projects? Interested in meeting other digital scholars and learning about new initiatives at the Graduate Center, including student funding?

              The Internet Research Team (IRT), a collaborative of GC students, faculty, librarians, and administrators, aims to create a space (both online and offline) for scholars to talk about digital scholarship and research methods. Current and future projects include opportunities to workshop individual projects, share skills and resources, form collaborations, and explore how the GC can better support digital scholarship.

              All meetings will be held from 12 – 1:30 pm in room 6304.01 (Psychology Department)
              Thursday, February 7
              Thursday, March 7
              Thursday, April 4
              Thursday, May 2

              Contact Info:
              Please join the group on the Academic Commons for more information and contact us if you would like to join the email list.

              Hope to see you at the meetings and/or online!

              Email: cunyirt@gmail.com
              Academic Commons group: http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/groups/internet-research-team/
              Academic Commons website: http://internetresearchteam.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

                (2/23) International Open Data Day: Occupy Sandy data release

                February 3, 2013 in Event, OpenCUNY Board

                From Suzanne:

                We’ll be working with Occupy Sandy to get a data set ready for the March 1/2nd Occupy Data Hackathon. Part of that will involve digitizing and preprocessing existing data so that we can more easily use it is a variety of analysis and visualization tools.

                Also, it is a big help to Occupy Sandy efforts.If you’re interested in helping to prepare the data, or want to begin some exploratory work before March 1st, they’ll be an Occupy Sandy Project in conjunction with International Open Data Day on Feb 23rd.

                The goal of the 23rd is to release an open data set that can be used for the Occupy Data Hackathon, and research and activism more broadly. Please help share this info with others that might be interested.

                  (2/20) Social Media Week panel “Citizen Journalism to Hacktivism”

                  February 3, 2013 in Event

                  A roundtable session entitled “From Citizen Journalism to Hacktivism: How to successfully use social media in grassroots campaigns” will be held on Wednesday, Feb 20th from 6 – 8 p.m at the GC.

                  This event is part of Social Media Week and will be moderated by Simon Lundgren, researcher and author of New Noise: A Cultural Sociology of Digital Disruption. The session will have a roundtable/workshop format where the focus will be on experience-sharing, networking, and on identifying pitfalls as well as best practices for harnessing the power of social media in grassroots endeavours.

                  Space is VERY limited but there are 15 seats reserved for GC folks (we encourage you to sign up here ASAP).

                    2013: Make it an awesome year with OpenCUNY!

                    January 24, 2013 in Feature

                    In 2012, you were all were integral in helping our system grow bigger and brighter through increased traffic, new themes and plugins (many requested by you!), more social media involvement, etc.

                    We’re looking forward to growing with you this year and wanted to quickly remind you of some of our services:

                    • Want a new look and nothing quite fits?
                      If none of our 50+ curated themes work for what you’re trying to achieve, take a look at the themes available through the WordPress directory and shoot us a theme request. If the theme’s free, open-source, and works with our system, we’ll install it for everyone to enjoy! Newer, recently updated themes have the best chance of success!
                    • Want to teach your old dog new tricks?
                      Our 100+ plugins help your sites move and groove and do all the fun stuff beyond the basics. If there’s something you’re trying to achieve and we don’t have the plugin for it, take a gander at all the plugins in the WordPress directory and send us a plugin request. The words of advice that apply to theme requests also fit here!
                    • Want to connect more with others?
                      The OpenCUNY Node collates all public posts and sends them off to our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Follow us on Twitter and/or like us on Facebook to keep tabs on all the awesome projects of fellow graduate students in the social media platform(s) of your choosing.

                    These are a just few ways to deepen and improve your OpenCUNY experience. As always, be in contact with us with any questions or concerns, so that we can help facilitate your multimedia visions and schemes!

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