At universities, research centers, and libraries around the world, a revolution is brewing, and next week, we’re going to shout about it. Open Access Week (Oct. 18-22) is a time to call attention to the need for public access to scientific and technical research.
At K-State, these events are planned for all students, faculty, and staff:
- Open Access Week Open Forum
2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, second floor of Hale Library
Presentations by Michael Wesch (associate professor in Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work), Christopher Sorensen (distinguished professor of Physics), Dale Askey (associate professor in Hale Library), and Danny Unruh (K-State student body president)
- The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved: An Introduction to Copyright, Publishing and Creative Commons
2-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, Hemisphere Room, Hale Library
Presentation by Molly Kleinman, special assistant to the Dean of Libraries and former copyright specialist, University of Michigan
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Librarians and scholars proposed the concept of Open Access in the 1990s: Intellectual material will be available for all to read and use or re-use, without cost. There are usually some limits to the open-access release as practiced by university presses such as disallowing commercial sharing and derivative works — and requiring author attribution (giving credit to the original authors).
This idea, in 2010, has gained a lot more traction in higher education. Open-source software has emerged from university environments. Whole-course contents have been made available in an open-source way to make higher education more accessible for the masses, starting with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware project. Various grant funding agencies now require open licensing of all research results before grant funds are disseminated, due to citizen advocacy groups pushing for public access to the findings from federally funded research.
University presses are using electronic publications to extend their reach and reputations; they are also finding e-publications a strategy to sell more books. Some university presses have made a part of their holdings available for open access — with a focus on works that have already gone out-of-print (and sometimes, are already in the public domain). Continue reading “A fully open-access scholarly press”
At universities, research centers, and libraries around the world, a revolution is brewing, and this is the week we shout about it. Open Access Week (Oct. 19-23) is a time to call attention to the need for public access to scientific and technical research.
For decades, research results have been communicated almost exclusively through commercial publishers, commonly in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles. A single journal subscription can cost libraries thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars per year (a subscription to Journal of Comparative Neurology is more than $25,000 per year). Such high costs have severely limited the number of journals that libraries can afford to receive, which, in turn, limits access to important research, a large portion of which is funded by taxpayer dollars.
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