Open Access Week events

Open Access Week: 22nd – 28th October 2014

Do you publish in academic journals and books? Would you like to know more about open access developments? Library Services is hosting a series of Open Access events to explore this rapidly evolving area.

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Open Access Books (Martin Weller and Beck Pitt, Institute of Educational Technology)

Wednesday 22nd October11:00am – 12:00pm, Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2

Martin Weller and Beck Pitt from IET will talk about their research and experience of Open Access book publishing.  Beck will give an overview of the research she has been carrying out on the open textbook movement.  Martin will give an author’s perspective of publishing Open Access books, Martin’s first open access book the ‘Digital Scholar’ was published in 2011 and his new book ‘The Battle for Open’ will be published in October.

CORE (COnnecting REpositories) and FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) Projects (Zdenek Zdrahal and Petr Knoth, Knowledge Media Institute)

Thursday 23rd October,10:00am – 11:00am, Library Seminar Room 1

In the first part of the presentation, Petr will discuss how the CORE (COnnecting REpositories) system, developed at the Open University, facilitates discoverability and enables reuse of freely available content. CORE has so far aggregated over 20 million open access records from hundreds of repositories and archives worldwide.  The second part, will introduce the EU funded FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) project. FOSTER is an international collaboration of 13 partners including SPARC-Europe, LIBER, Couperin, University of Gottingen, University of Minho and the Open University.

Open Access: progress, promise and potholes (Dr Alma Swan, Director of Advocacy for SPARC Europe, Director of the Directory for Open Access Journals and Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship)

Tuesday 28th October,12:00 – 1:30pm, Library Second Floor Meeting Room

Exactly 20 years ago the Subversive Proposal was introduced in a short message on a mailing list. It suggested that researchers should make their work openly and freely available now that we had the World Wide Web, as that would improve the way research was communicated and used.  Alma will look at progress, promise and potholes for the unwary

Tea and coffee will be provided, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Please email to book a place.

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About Isabel Chadwick

Research Support Librarian at the Open University. I look after ORDO, the institutional research data repository and provide guidance and training on all thing research data related.
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