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MichaelCarroll2.jpgSharing Research Data: When, in What Form, with Whom, and at What Cost?
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 4:30 p.m., McDonnell Hall Auditorium, room A02
Free and Open to the Public

Michael Carroll, Professor of Law and Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law, Founding Member of Creative Commons

A talk sponsored jointly by Princeton University Library, the office of the Dean for Research, and OIT.

Should researchers share their data? If so, when, in what form, with whom, and at what cost are among the issues researchers, their funders and their employing institutions wrestle with on a daily basis. While these issues have been traditionally resolved by researchers on an ad hoc or discipline-wide basis, they are now becoming the subject of more formal understandings and policies under the rubric of "data management." The National Science Foundation requires grantees plan for data management when seeking funding, and this expectation is likely to spread to other funding bodies that have come to appreciate the importance of data sharing and data reuse in science.

This talk focuses on the emerging policy framework for data management, with particular attention to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's directive concerning data arising from federal support agreements, and on other legal considerations for data sharing including intellectual property, privacy, and contractual terms of use. In most cases, data may readily be shared, with the notable exceptions of clinical and patient data. The principal legal and policy issues center primarily on providing researchers with incentives and infrastructure to meaningfully share data by ensuring that datasets are comprehensible and reusable by other researchers.

Professor Michael W. Carroll

Michael Carroll is a Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law. His research and teaching specialties are intellectual property law and cyberlaw, focusing on the search for balance over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides standardized legal and technical tools that enable legal sharing of cultural, educational, scientific and other copyrighted works.

Professor Carroll is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Library of Science and recently completed service on the National Research Council's Board on Research Data and Information. He also is an Academic Fellow of the Center for Democracy and Technology and is a member of the Advisory Board to Public Knowledge.

Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Carroll practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and served as a law clerk to Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He received his A.B. (Anthropology), with general honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D. magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Engineering Library Research Clinics start today

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EngineeringLibrary.jpgResearch Clinics at the Engineering Library begin today. Every Thursday during the semester, come in to room 105 in the Engineering Library for help with your library questions and research.

Time: Thursday from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Where: Engineering Library room 105

Who: Anyone who needs help, no appointment is necessary!

Starting October 13th, Writing in Science and Engineering Conferences will be held every Thursday at the Engineering Library in Friend Center, room 106. These are offered to students working on assignments or research projects in the sciences, the empirical social sciences, or engineering. Appointments for Writing Conferences at the Engineering Library can be made online at

In coordination with the Writing Conferences, the Engineering Library offers Research Clinics every Thursday afternoon, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in room 105 (Friend Center). If you have difficulties finding sources for your paper or project, librarians will be available to help you and to answer any questions that you may have about the library. No appointments are necessary for the Library Research Clinics, everybody is welcome!

The exhibition on display on the first floor of the Engineering Library in Friend Center examines a number of Khan's major tall buildings systems in concrete and steel. Featured works include the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) and the Brunswick Building, all in Chicago, Illinois, as well as One and Two Shell Plaza in Houston, Texas.

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Through models, photographs, panels that illustrate the relationship between forces and form, Khan's personal notebooks and the accompanying books, one experiences the process of engineering design.

The models presented in this exhibit were made by students enrolled in a new class taught in Fall 2010, CEE 463: A Social and Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Structures. By focusing on Khan's works, the students made engineering analyses of his designs and examined the social context in which he worked.

Exhibition Co-Curators: Sigrid Adriaenssens and Maria E. Moreyra Garlock

Lewis Library Book Talk - Early Nuclear History

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Lewis Library Book Talk

March 29, 2011 at 4:30pm
Lewis Library 138
Michael D. Gordin, Professor of History

This talk explores the early history of nuclear weapons, a moment when the status of these devices was still in many respects up for debate and their future uncertain. Beginning with the integration of the atomic bomb into American plans for forcing a surrender of the Japanese government in the summer of 1945, up to the aftermath of the Soviet detonation of their first nuclear test (thus breaking the American atomic monopoly) in summer 1949, the emphasis will be on what people knew (and didn't know) about these weapons, and how that state of knowledge or ignorance shaped the perceptions and decisions of military officers, politicians, scientists, and the broader public.

Copies  of Prof. Gordin's books "Red cloud at dawn : Truman, Stalin, and the end of the atomic monopoly" and "Five days in August : how World War II became a nuclear war" will be available for sale and signing.

Engineering Library Research Clinics are back.

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Research Clinics at the Engineering Library begin today. Every Wednesday during the semester, come in to room 105 in the Engineering Library for help with your library questions and research.

Time: Wednesdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Where: Engineering Library room 105

Who: Anyone who needs help, no appointment is necessary!

"Passing Strange" Lewis Library book talk

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passing.jpgThe fourth in the Lewis Science Library book talk series features Dr. Martha A. Sandweiss, Professor of History at Princeton University who will discuss her book “Passing Strange : A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line”.

Join us on Wednesday, April 28th at 4:30 p.m. in Lewis Library Room 138. More Information

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