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Publishing, Scholarly Communication, and Open Access: Workshops & Events

Open Access Week - October 20 to 26, 2014

Please join the University Library in Celebrating Open Access Week.  This year’s Open Access Week theme is “Generation Open”.  

Open Access: Generation Open - Open Access Week Kick Off Event

Join the University Library in 1-470 of the Daley Library at 2:00 on October 20 to watch a live stream of the SPARC/World Bank Global Open Access Week kickoff event.

The program will focus on this year’s theme of “Generation Open.” Speakers will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to Open Access and explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.

Monday, October 20, 2:00 to 3:30 - Daley Library – Room 1-470

Can't make it to the library for this event?   You can also view it from your office.  

Film Screening: The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Tuesday October 21, 12:00 to 2:00 PM
Location: LIB 1-470, Daley
Light refreshments will be served.

About: The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.  Film by Brian Knappenberger - Luminant Media

Webinar: Understanding Open Access

Wednesday October 22, 12 to 1
Location: Online

About: Are you wondering what all the talk about open access is? The movement for open access to publications - making publications freely and openly available - has been around for over a decade. With the NIH Public Access Policy as well as open access policies approved at institutions such as Harvard and MIT, it continues to gain momentum. Still not sure what it is all about? Come to this workshop and find out! Topics covered include: misconceptions about open access, open access publishing including through self-archiving, UIC's OA initiatives (journal publishing platform, institutional repository, ROAAP fund).

Webinar: Start an Open Access Journal using Journals@UIC

Friday October 24, 12 to 1
Location: Online

About: Attend this workshop to learn more about Journals@UIC, an online journal management system hosted by the University Library. Use Journals@UIC to manage journal submissions and/or to publish your online issues. Open access and subscription models will be discussed.

About Open Access Week

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its seventh year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. 

“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, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward. 

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Why do you need to know about Open Access?

Open Access will become more relevant to UIC as the more mandates and policies are put in place through state and federal legislation.   The University will be forming an Open Access to Research Taskforce in order to develop an Open Access Policy (Illinois Public Act 098-0295).  In addition, in February, the OSTP and the White House issued a directive to all federally funded agencies receiving more than $100M in R&D funds to develop plans to make the published articles of research supported by federal funding publicly available and to also better account for and manage resulting digital data.   In addition, the bipartisan FASTR (Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act) bill was introduced into both the House and the Senate in February.  These initiatives are similar to the already in place NIH Public Access Policy.