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Open Access Week: A key to unlocking scholarship

Date: October 17, 2011

Contact: Dan Lee | Chris Kollen


During Open Access Week, taking place this year from Oct. 24-31, 2011, academic institutions around the world explore Open Access – the ideal of free, full-text, immediate, online access to peer-reviewed scholarship and research results so new ideas and information can be obtained rapidly and freely by everyone. The Open Access movement seeks to address the untenable situation that scholars, students, and society find themselves in as the spiraling cost of journal subscriptions and textbooks jeopardizes access to scholarly works and learning materials.

The Open Access movement supports removing price and permission barriers so that research results can have greater impact as they will be easier to find, reach a wider audience, and accelerate the course of research. The Open Access movement embraces new forms of scholarship and learning that a networked electronic environment allows and provides for, including peer-reviewed e-journals, e-books, virtual communities of scholars, thematic research collections, primary data, textbooks and other learning materials, and peer-reviewed encyclopedias.

The University Libraries will be hosting two free lectures, both open to the public, featuring nationally known scholars during its celebration of Open Access Week.

Lecture I: “The Future of Data: Open Access and Reproducibility”
    Tuesday, October 25 2011
    9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Kiva Room, UA Student Union Memorial Center

Speaker Schedule:
9:00 a.m. – Victoria Stodden, Assistant Professor, Statistics, Columbia University & member, National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI)

10:00 a.m. – Steve Koch, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico

11:00 a.m. – Eric Kansa, Open Context Project Director / Researcher, School of Information, UC Berkeley & Founding Convener of the Digital Data Interest Group

Lecture II: “Fantasy or Reality: Affordable and Open Access Textbooks”
    Friday, October 28, 2011
    12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Room A313/314, Main Library

Speaker: Nicole Allen, Textbook Advocate for the Student Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) & Campaign Director for Make Textbooks Affordable

For more information on Open Access, please visit http://www.openaccessweek.org

For more information on the Students Right to Research, please visit the Open Students site http://www.righttoresearch.org