Friday, September 06, 2013

Open Access Week 2013: Heather's schedule

Open Access Week is coming up October 21 - 27, 2013 everywhere. Here is my schedule for OA Week this year so far - in brief, emerging research at uO on Monday, October 21, and Whose scholarship? Our scholarship! at the University of Regina library on Thursday, October 24.

University of Ottawa - Monday, October 21 (time / place TBA)
(coordinated by University of Ottawa Library)

Making the switch to open access: emerging research at uO, and why and how scholars should get involved

Description:  New research by the European Commission suggests that open access is reaching a tipping point, with about 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free. The University of Ottawa's Dr. Heather Morrison will talk about her emerging research on keys to the transition to an open access scholarly communication ecosystem that is free to prioritize the needs of scholars, and of scholarship. What does it take to sustain open access scholarly publishing led by scholars and scholarly societies? What are the elements of policy and licensing needed for the knowledge commons (as opposed to publisher profits or administrative efficiencies)? There are discussions underway around the world that will have a profound impact on faculty members everywhere. This session will discuss why the voices of scholars are important, and how scholars can get involved.


EU Commission Press Release: Open access to research publications reaching 'tipping point'

University of Regina Library Thursday, October 24 

Whose scholarship? Our scholarship!

The current system in academia drives scholars to give away the 
visible results of our work. We hand over copyright, often to 
multinational corporations that enjoy an inelastic market - record or 
near-record profits of 30-40% even in recent years after the financial 
crisis when university budgets have been squeezed and programs often 
cut. This doesn't have to continue! This talk is call for scholars to 
take back our scholarship from a system that drives enclosure for 
profit to one led by scholars that can put the priorities for sharing 
where they belong: prioritizing the needs of scholars and the public 
good. Open access advocates and newcomers alike with leave with some 
clear and compelling arguments about why this is necessary, and 
practical steps that will help the transition along.