Oxford Open Doors 2016

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The Radcliffe Science Library will be open to the public as part of Oxford Open Doors on Saturday 10 September 2016, 10.30am – 2pm (last entry 1.30pm).

More details can be found at www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/events/open-public-radsci

There will be displays from the collections in the Entrance Hall / Lounge, plus a 3D-printing demonstration and building tours. All are welcome. Readers are invited to participate and bring along friends.

The RSL will be open as normal for readers 10am-2pm.

(For readers who want to study away from the event, the reading rooms on levels 3 and 6 will not be included on the tour.)

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3D Scan & VR Party with the Oxford 3D Printing Society

VR_3DScan_Combined_lowWe hosted an event with the Oxford 3D Printing Society (http://oxford3dprintingsociety.com/) last week from within the RSL. It featured 3D Printers, 3D scanners and a virtual reality headset from HTC. We would like to thank Shin from the 3D Printing Society for putting on such a great event.

VR3DEvent_01_lowThe RSL 3D Printing Team was at hand to showcase our 3D printers and scanners to all the guests who arrived for the event, some even got themselves scanned and 3D printed! This was a great way to introduce people to the technology in a novel and fun way, we hope this will inspire them to use 3D printing/scanning in more creative and academic ways in the future.

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HTC were also there to showcase their virtual reality headset the ‘HTC Vive’. This was a great introduction to the world of ‘VR’ for many who had a chance to try it out. At the RSL we have been interested in VR for awhile now and it was a great chance for the staff who hadn’t experienced it to finally give it a go. The ‘HTC Vive’ received great feedback from everyone who tried it and proved to be enjoyable for all the spectators to watch their peers jump around avoiding zombies and painting interesting works of art in a virtual world. This technology is going to change the way we interact with computers and at the RSL we look forward to being a part of it in the future.

AlphaGo display at the RSL

We have a new display in the RSL Entrance Hall Lounge – Computer Beats Human: AlphaGo crosses an AI threshold. It focuses on the Go match between the AlphaGo computer program and a professional Go player, Lee Sedol. It includes a Go set for library visitors to try the game.

UPDATE: The Oxford Go Club will be demonstrating how to play the game 12-2pm on Thursday 5th May 2016 in the Lounge. All welcome!

UPDATE 2: The Oxford Go Club will return on Monday 16th 2016, 12-2pm and Monday 23rd, 12-2pm for further Go demos.

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Women in Science website launched

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What is the key to success for women who work in science? A new website delves into the experiences of successful women in science at the University of Oxford, through a collection of video narratives.

Funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund at Oxford University, the interviews with 39 successful women tell an inspiring story of an ongoing culture shift for women working in science, where according to those interviewed, discrimination is rarely experienced and the work is fun, interesting and exciting.

The researchers used a thematic analysis to identify and write about the variety of issues important to the women who were interviewed, which included obtaining funding, career progression, mentorship, and taking parental leave.

Find out more at www.womeninscience.ox.ac.uk.

3D printed prosthetic hands

HeaderThe RSL 3D printing Team has recently been involved in an exciting and innovative project with researcher Ed Choi, working in the Department for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Churchill Hospital.

Ed Choi(right) with a healthcare worker in the northern city of Makeni.

He has been using the RSL’s 3D printers to create 3D prosthetic hands, downloaded from Enabling the Future, to show to charities in Sierra Leone for potential use for people who have lost limbs due to the civil war and the blood diamonds trade.

Two plastic hands were printed and taken on show to the Makambo Amputee Camp in Sierra Leone where a ‘fitting ceremony’ was held.  3D printing of plastic hands is a very cost-effective way to produce hands to a custom fit; the plastic hands cost £30-50 to make, a fraction of the cost of traditional prosthetic hands, and can be assembled relatively quickly.

The 3D models can be downloaded from http://enablingthefuture.org/, who offers many different options for you to choose from depending on the needs of the user. We printed these in four groups by colour, as seen in the picture above.

The hands took a total of 14 hours to print each one. We varied the resolution of each group to optimize printing time and quality depending on the part. The smaller pieces were printed at a higher resolution (0.2mm layer height.) to preserve the smaller details, whereas the larger pieces were printed at a lower resolution to optimize the printing times (0.3mm layer height).

These machines are available to all University students and staff, giving people the chance to learn about this cutting edge technology, and stimulate ideas about how 3D printing can be used in teaching, learning and research.

Several 3D Printer ‘bring a design/object’ events are scheduled throughout Hilary and Trinity Term and are open to students and staff from all disciplines. The events are running on Friday 11 March, 6 May and 10 June between 10-1pm, and 2-5pm. (http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/use/3d-printing)

For further details on the 3D printing and scanning, please contact Richard Smith: Richard.smith@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, or view the online Lib Guide: http://ox.libguides.com/3dprintingscanning.

Act on Acceptance for Open Access and the next REF

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HEFCE’s OA policy takes effect on 1 April 2016, and requires action by all researchers.

In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.

‘Act on Acceptance’ is Oxford’s mechanism to help researchers comply with open access using our new quick deposit form. From now on researchers should use Symplectic Elements to deposit all newly-accepted articles and conference papers into ORA.

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.

For more information and to get started visit the Open Access Oxford website:  http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk. Help is available from Subject & Outreach Librarians and the email helpline openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Recent Open Access developments

Wellcome Trust and COAF-funded authors:

From November 2015, there has been a change in the way APCs are paid for researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and COAF. Previously, researchers were required to arrange payment of APCs themselves and reclaim it from funds administered by the Bodleian Libraries. As of now, researchers should not pay APCs but should forward the publisher’s APC or article-charges request form for each accepted paper to the Bodleian Libraries for payment instead along with the application form. The new procedure is intended to simplify the process of getting APCs paid for authors.
Payment requests should be emailed to apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, or sent in hard copy to Open Access APC forms, Acquisitions Services, Collections and Resource Description (C&RD), Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford OsneyOne Building, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0EW.

Act on Acceptance:

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Oxford’s Act on Acceptance campaign is underway in response to HEFCE’s requirements that, in order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. Although HEFCE’s policy comes into force on 1st April 2016, researchers are strongly encouraged to start depositing accepted papers now.
The message, to all academics and researchers employed by the collegiate University, is:

  • deposit all your newly-accepted journal articles and conference papers into ORA
  • do it through Symplectic Elements
  • do it within 3 months of the date of acceptance
  • start now.

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.
Go to Act on Acceptance to find out more and Deposit your work.
If you have any questions please contact openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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