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Open Scholarship Commons Community Fellows Workshop Series

The Open Scholarship Commons Community Fellows Workshop Series is a paid fellowship opportunity for  graduate students underrepresented in the field of open scholarship. The goal of this Fellowship is to lift up students as experts in this field and create opportunities for peer to peer learning by offering student-led workshops. Equity is a core value of the UW Libraries Open Scholarship Commons, and this Fellowship, funded by the UW Diversity Council and the eScience Institute, aims to support the expertise and leadership of underrepresented students in the field of open scholarship. The Fellowship program is co-administered by the Libraries Open Scholarship Commons and the eScience Institute.

We are pleased to announce the Fellows selected for the inaugural OSC Community Fellows Workshop Series, along with their workshops!

2023-2024 Open Scholarship Commons Community Fellows

Pratik Jadhav

I’m Pratik Jadhav, currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Washington. Originally from Pune, India, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with honors in Data Science from Savitribai Phule Pune University. I possess a versatile skill set covering programming languages, databases, and developer tools. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Washington, I support professors and improve course clarity by developing assignment rubrics and grading assignments effectively. Previously, I worked as a Software Engineer at eQ Technologic, where I developed innovative software solutions, such as a multi-location activity upload feature, reducing user navigation time by 30%. Additionally, I contributed to projects enhancing product scalability and reducing user support queries. Currently, I’m actively involved in a research project focusing on Toxicity Detection in Twitch using Large Language Models and several other language models. This project underscores my commitment to leveraging technology for social good and advancing the field of natural language processing. My project portfolio includes impactful initiatives like movie data analysis, a Marathi Text & Speech Sentiment Analyzer, and a Fake News Detection System. Outside of academia, I’ve held leadership roles in student communities, fostering collaboration and driving positive change.

Workshop: Building Dynamic Websites with WordPress

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This workshop will be tailored to empower participants, including those with minimal coding experience, to harness the potential of WordPress for creating versatile and dynamic websites. Participants will be guided through the fundamental aspects of WordPress, covering everything from setting up a WordPress site and creating engaging content to customizing themes, implementing essential plugins, ensuring responsiveness and accessibility, and optimizing websites for performance. The workshop’s hands-on approach positions participants to excel in the ever-evolving digital landscape where WordPress skills are highly sought after for creating impactful online presences.

Paul Jason Perez

Paul HeadshotPaul Jason Perez (he/him) is currently a Ph.D. student in information science at the University of Washington Information School. His research interests include Community Archiving, Information Infrastructures, Digital Libraries, and the Web. Before coming to the UW iSchool, Paul worked as an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of the Philippines. He also consulted for various government and non-profit organizations, especially on projects involving the development of digital preservation programs. Visit more of his works or reach out to him at

Workshop: Building Sustainable Digital Projects

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This workshop uses CollectionBuilder to discuss issues on the Sustainability of Digital Projects, in particular, of Digital Collections such as Digital Libraries, Digital Archives, and Digital Exhibits. Participants will do hands-on activities on setting up their own websites through GitHub, describing their collections using Google Sheets, and personalizing their digital collections.

Ather Sharif

Ather HeadshotAther is a Ph.D. candidate at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses broadly on human-computer interaction and specifically on the intersection of accessibility, visualization, and personalization. The main objective of his dissertation work is to make online data visualizations accessible to screen-reader users. Additionally, he is a Software Engineer, Founder of EvoXLabs, and the interim Chair of the Executive Board of Disability Empowerment Center.

Workshop: Accessibility of Online Data Visualizations

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Online data visualizations are used widely by content creators to communicate information, enabling users to obtain summaries, recognize patterns, and explore oddities in data that may be challenging to determine from a data table. However, the defining visual nature of data visualizations makes these visualizations inaccessible to screen-reader users, significantly disenfranchising them from accessing online information (e.g., COVID-19 data). This workshop will facilitate an understanding of the challenges screen-reader users face with online data visualizations, identify ways to make online data visualizations accessible and understand the pros and cons of each, and share possible nuances and future avenues of thinking accessibility outside of the standard solutions.

Yubing Tian

Yubing HeadshotYubing Tian is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington’s Information School. Her dissertation investigates the impact of U.S. data sharing and open data policies on the data management practices of oceanographers through empirical qualitative methods. In addition, her work investigates the ways that time and labor-intensive data management practices presents challenges for data sharing and long-term preservation. Her goal is for her research to inform science policy and the design of scholarly communication infrastructures such as data repositories.

Workshop: Best Practices for Sharing Qualitative Interview Data: wrestling with epistemological, curatorial, and ethical considerations

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This workshop aims to help attendees working with interview data, or planning to conduct interviews, learn about ways to share their interview data whilst considering epistemological, curatorial, and ethical questions about sharing qualitative interview data with wider audiences.