The Institute for Research & Innovation in Sustainability’s (IRIS) second annual Research Showcase will focus on the Churchill Communities of Knowledge, an online resource of data and media about the Town of Churchill and its people, with a panel discussion.
The Research Showcase – Churchill Communities of Knowledge: Mobilizing Ecological Knowledge through Yorkspace, our Open Access Institutional Repository panel – will take place Wednesday, March 13, from 11:30am to 1pm, at 519 York Research Tower, Keele campus.
This Digital Archive, which also includes information about Wapusk National Park and the extensive research supported by the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, is hosted by the Yorkspace Institutional Repository at York. The first collection in the project celebrates the life and work of Professor Bob Jefferies, who carried out field research in ecology in and near Churchill, for 30 years.
York biology Professor Dawn Bazely, director of IRIS, will moderate the three-person panel.
Andrea Kosavic, York digital initiatives librarian, Scott Library, will discuss, “What is an Institutional Repository?” Her research interests include open access, author rights, interoperability, digitization, metadata and the semantic web. Kosavic serves as a councillor for the Ontario Library & Information Technology Association.
Netta Untershats, a Research at York student and collection convener, will talk about “Navigating Metadata and Creative Commons Licenses” and what is involved in creating the Jefferies and Cooke Digital Archives. Untershats is a fourth-year biology student who is creating a digital archive on York Space.
Professor Emeritus Fred Cooke, Canadian Wildlife Service chair of wildlife ecology at Simon Fraser University, will reflect on the Fred Cooke Digital Archive via Adobe connect from the United Kingdom. Cooke is co-author of The Snow Geese of La Perouse Bay, Natural Selection in the Wild (1995) and Avian Genetics: A Population and Ecological Approach (1987).