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2013 OPEN ACCESS WEEK, UCR Libraries: Oct. 21-25

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Open Access Week is an annual global event now in its fourth year, to identify and inspire wide participation in helping to make Open Access to research articles a new norm in scholarship and research.  It is also a key opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access and to share the new access possibilities with colleagues

Open Access Week draws worldwide attention to the unrestricted sharing of scholarly research and materials for the advancement and enjoyment of all. Open Access (OA) literature is freely accessible online--maximizing the visibility, use, and impact of research.  Building on the success of the last years' Open Access Day, the University Libraries' participation in OA Week offers students, faculty, staff, and the public an opportunity to learn more about UCR and the UC’s Open Access initiatives.

This year’s Open Access Week -- October 20-24 -- will highlight the collaboration and collective actions that have created momentum behind Open Access and showcase a broad range of initiatives around the globe. Participation by hundreds of universities, research facilities, and other sites worldwide illustrates the depth and breadth of support for Open Access and demonstrate the real impact of unfettered access on advancing discovery across disciplines.


Monday: Oct. 21, 2013

Open Access Week Kick-Off Event:  “Open Access--Redefining Impact” (fuller info at end)

SPARC and the World Bank will co-sponsor the kickoff event for Open Access Week 2013 in Washington DC (90-minutes), including a LiveBlog and Webcast for virtual attendance.  UCR attendees are invited to see the event and listen to speakers via the Livefeed.  The panelists will discuss Article Level Metrics and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. 

This year’s kickoff event will feature a 60-minute panel discussion on the topic of  “Open Access: Redefining Impact.” Panelists representing a diverse set of stakeholders – scientific researchers, publishers, technologists and policy makers – will examine the potential positive impacts that can result when research results are shared freely in the digital environment.

The panel, moderated by SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph, will feature:

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science

The panel discussion will be followed by the presentation of the winning nominations of the new Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP), which recognize those who have used Open Access scientific research to create innovative new discoveries and solutions, and a wine reception sponsored by SPARC. See more info about the event: http://www.sparc.arl.org/events/oaweek2013kickoff

Live-streamed Open Access Week Kick-off at the World Bank Web.  The Live Stream at UC Riverside Libraries:  Sept. Noon-1:30 pm (Pacific Standard Time).  Location: Orbach Science Library, Rm 240.


Tuesday: Oct. 22, 2013

Article-level metrics at PLoS and Beyond” with Peter Binfield, Publisher, PLoS One who provides an in-depth look at the current status of Article Level Metrics (ALMs), with information about what has been learned to date and what we can expect after further development and wider adoption.  http://www.sparc.arl.org/news/now-online-peter-binfield-webcast-article-level-metrics. 56 minutes.  Noon-1:15pm.  Location: Orbach Science Library, Rm. 240.

Wednesday: Oct. 23, 2013

UC Open Access Policy Explained,” informal interview with UCLA Anthropologist and Chair of the UC Faculty Senate Committee on Libraries and Scholarly Communication, Chris Kelty (UCLA) promoting the Open Access policy passed on July 24, 2013 by the UC Academic Senate. 55 minutes for the complete interview.  Time: watch at your leisure/in your office via http://escholarship.org/homepage.html#      

Broadening the Impact of Your Research and Publishing: an introduction to Open Access (OA) and eScholarship.  This workshop, led by librarian Rhonda Neugebauer, will introduce the concepts and practices of OA and the retention of authors’ rights to scholarly publications.  Such OA activities maximize research investments, increase exposure to and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship.  2-3:00 pm. Rivera Library, Rm. 140.

Thursday:  Oct. 24, 2013 --  View at your leisure – recorded programs on Open Access

Demystifying Hackathons with Brian Glanz,” founder of the Open Science Federation and the co-founder of the American chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, conducts a webcast [from Aug. 6, 2013] that shows how hackathons are great ways to stir interest, involvement and possible create finished projects using open access content.”  http://vimeo.com/72748529.  57 minutes.

“Open Access Explained” is a video production of Jonathon Eisen and Nick Shockey launched in collaboration with PhD Comics, the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC and the National Assn. of Graduate-Professional Students.  The animated video provides a quick glimpse into the main reasons why Open Access to research is important for students, researchers and many other stakeholders. A Piled Higher and Deeper Production at www.phdcomics.com/tv/#015 with Jorge Chaim animation.  2 minutes.

More info on Kick-off Event at the World Bank               

Live Webcast: “Open Access: Redefining Impact”  Mon. Oct. 21, 2013. Noon-1:30pm,
Orbach Science Library, Room 240

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank have announced the kickoff event for Open Access Week 2013. The live event will take place Monday, October 21, 12 noon-1:30 pm PST, at the state-of-the-art World Bank facilities in Washington, DC and will be concurrently broadcast live in the UCR Libraries (Orbach Science Library Room 240). The UCR Libraries is a member of the SPARC Coalition and has developed several open access initiativies in collaboration with the UC campuses.  The event features the launch of the new Open Access World Bank Portal that will allow free and open access to the Bank’s data, reports, publications and online series.

The event will begin at Noon PST and consist of a 90-minute panel discussion with Open Access experts from a variety of stakeholder groups as well as representatives from the World Bank and SPARC. As this year’s theme is “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” the panelists will discuss Article Level Metrics and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. Speakers will be announced in early September. 

During the event, the winners of the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced. The ASAP Program, sponsored by 27 global organizations including Google, PLOS, and the Wellcome Trust, recognizes those who have built upon Open Access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society. Information on the ASAP Program, is at asap.plos.org.

The World Bank was recently named as SPARC Innovator for its implementation of a new open access policy and the adoption of Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) copyright license, which was included in the launch of the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) in 2012. The World Bank opened its data to the public in 2010.

For information about 2013 International Open Access week events and information please go to www.openaccessweek.org. Last year's programming was conducted in over 100 countries.

What is Open Access?

Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. 

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, faculty, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year.

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