Panel to highlight digital scholarship

To celebrate International Open Access Week (Oct. 24-30), Western Libraries will host a panel discussion about how researchers at The University of Western Ontario use technologies to open up communication and facilitate collaboration with scholars around the world. The panel – involving panelists David Heap, Ileana Paul and James Voogt – is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Social Science Centre, Room 3010.

An associate professor in the Department of French Studies and a member of the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Laboratory, Heap is well versed in the unpublished field notebooks of the Linguistic Atlas of the Iberian Peninsula (ALPI, by its Spanish acronym) from the 1930s. He has been in collaboration with a team based in Spain to work on the re-transcription of the ALPI, which will eventually produce a searchable online linguistic atlas from the dialect data.

Paul, also from the Department of French Studies and the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Laboratory, holds the Canada Research Chair in Linguistics. Her research focuses on the syntax of Malagasy, the language spoken in Madagascar. As part of her ongoing studies, she has created a Malagasy Language Database that can be accessed by linguistic researchers and laypersons alike.

Voogt, Department of Geography, is a leading researcher on urban climatology, especially in the measurement and modelling of surface temperatures in urban areas. His work focuses on the three-dimensional structure of the urban surface and its impact on both micro-scale temperatures and the temperatures observed by remote sensors. Voogt is currently a co-primary investigator of the Environmental Prediction for Canadian Cities Network, which aims to develop an urban-atmosphere model component for the Canadian weather forecasting system.

There will be a moderated discussion between the panelists and the audience after the three presentations. This event is open to all in the Western community. No registration is required.

For information, visit the International Open Access Week website, and access the Open Access Week @ Western 2011 page.