SPARC and the World Bank to co-host kickoff event for 2014 International Open Access Week

Mark your calendars! The SPARC/World Bank kickoff is a great way to start your Open Access Week planning. Watch livestreamed or showcase the recording at your events!

Also make sure you add your livestream events here so others can utilize them in their event planning.

More information soon.

Andrea

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On Monday, October 20th, from 3:00 to 4:00pm EDT, SPARC and the World Bank will co-host the official kickoff event for International Open Access Week 2014 with a reception to follow.  The event will be held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, DC with a live webcast for online participation around the world.

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.

Registration for the in-person event will open in September.  For those planning to participate virtually, the live stream of the kickoff can serve as programming for a local event or a watch party.  To receive updates on Open Access Week 2014, including the SPARC-World Bank Kickoff Event, please fill in the form below.

To be held from October 20 – 26, 2014, International Open Access Week 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.

Interesting Read: Beyond the Boycott: Q&A with Timothy Gowers

SPARC interview with Tim Gowers. A short blurb below, full article here.

Next steps in the Open Access battle: Shining a light on journal pricing

In a recent blog post, Timothy Gowers discussed the state of Open Access two years after the Cost of Knowledge launched its boycott of Elsevier. The British mathematician and open access champion was initially buoyed by the response, but notes that the main problems, journal bundling and exorbitant prices, continue. As evidence, he points out that in 2013, Elsevier’s profit margin reached 39 percent.

If it is not possible to bring about rapid change to the current system, Gowers suggests the next best thing to do is to obtain as much information as possible about it. In his blog, Gowers chronicles his efforts to use freedom of information requests to uncover the price that institutions are paying annually for journal bundles – or, “Big Deals.” While Elsevier is not forthcoming and publishers insist on confidentiality clauses, he finds some universities are willing to share their total costs, which vary widely. Gowers maintains that without transparency, it can be difficult for customers to leverage the best deals.

See Spam on the platform please let me know

Hello All,

As we move forward and you post your week’s events on this platform, please let me know if you spot spammers either in your Groups or direct messaging you.

We have a process that attempts to limit spammers coming in as members, but recently they have been stepping up their methods.

We want you all to have a positive Open Access Week experience! 

Best,

Andrea Higginbotham

SPARC

Open Access Week Planning Webcast Today

You can join the webcast using the following URLhttp://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=99435. If you haven’t already, please register below so we have an accurate list of participants and can follow up with additional information.

Join us on Monday, May 19th, at 2:30pm EDT (7:30pm BST) for a one-hour webcast to help kickoff your planning for this year’s International Open Access Week. The webcast will feature a panel of experts who have organized successful Open Access Week events in years past. Each will describe their approach to celebrating the week, give advice on ensuring a successful event, and outline any challenges that other organizers might prepare for.

While Open Access Week is five months away, beginning to make arrangements now can ensure a smooth planning process and provide the foundation for successful events to meaningfully advance the conversation around Open Access on your campus.

Our expert panelists will include:

Marianne Reed, University of Kansas: Marianne has helped spearhead many years of successful Open Access Week programs at the University of Kansas on behalf of the Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, targeting students and faculty.   The events have even included a presentation by their local Congressperson, Representative Kevin Yoder, on the topic of Open Access.

Daniel Mutonga, Medical Students’ Association of Kenya (MSAKE): As the former president of the Medical Students’ Association of Kenya, Daniel led the organization’s extremely successful Open Access Week campaign in 2012 which hosted events at medical schools across the country and, in one week, educated a signficant portion of Kenya’s medical students about Open Access.

Anneliese Taylor, University of California, San Francisco: As Assistant Director for Scholarly Communications & Collections, Anneliese has helped lead UCSF’s participation in Open Access Week with events that put the issue into local context and support the successful implementaiton of the system-wide open access policy at UCSF.

SPARC Open Access Meeting Innovation Fair Projects Showcase OA Week ideas

At this week’s SPARC Open Access Meeting in Kansas City, MO two Innovation Fair participants presented projects to get more people involved in Open Access Week.

One from Robyn Hall at MacEwan University Library – she created an Open Access Comedy Festival to draw people.

And one from Fred Roscoe at Georgia Tech University where they used Information Now Podcasts.

Here’s a list of the other Innovation Fair projects.

SPARC Open Access Meeting Innovation Fair Projects Showcase OA Week ideas

At this week’s SPARC Open Access Meeting in Kansas City, MO two Innovation Fair participants presented projects to get more people involved in Open Access Week.

One from Robyn Hall at MacEwan University Library – she created an Open Access Comedy Festival to draw people.

And one from Fred Roscoe at Georgia Tech University where they used Information Now Podcasts.

Here’s a list of the other Innovation Fair projects.

Watch the SPARC Open Access Meeting LIVE

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Washington, DC – The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is pleased to announce panel topics and to invite participants to register for the Spring event set to take place in Kansas City, Missouri on March 3-4, 2014.

The past year has seen growing momentum on many fronts of the movement towards “open”. Advances in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources have grown exponentially since the last SPARC Open Access Meeting was convened in 2012.  As this push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways.  Join us as leaders from the library community, academia, industry, student community, and other research avenues discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence will have on research and discovery.  The meeting is designed to emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.

SPARC Webcast December 10th: Open Access Developments in Latin America with Nicholas Cop

Another free SPARC online event
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013?

12:00 – 1:00PM EDT (use helpful time converter)? 

Registration is free, but required. Please RSVP by December 6th.
This webcast requires both a phone dial-in and an Internet connection. 

Open Access Week events showcased the many ways people across the globe informed staff, faculty, and students to the benefits of Open Access. While there have been many advancements made here in the U.S. and the U.K., developing countries have utilized new publishing models to capitalize on opening up research results and data. Latin America, in particular has seen unprecedented surge in advocacy for public access –Argentina now has legislation that requires all publicly funded research be available in open access interoperable institutional repositories. 

Using an Open Access peer-review model for their repository, the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) has gained a positive reputation across the globe –now has on average over one million articles downloaded from the their site each day and their journals currently boast almost 10 million citations.

Our guest speaker, Nicholas Cop, is the Founder and President of Nicholas Cop Consulting, LLC and consultant on the SciELO program. SciELO began in 1998 as an e-journal initiative funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation. SciELO publishes over 1000 journal titles mainly from Latin America and Caribbean but also including Portugal, Spain and South Africa. 

Nicholas will provide background and updates on Open Access in Latin America and the many developments SciELO is undertaking.

To accommodate interest in every time zone, this 1-hour event will be recorded and available on our website shortly afterwards.   

Please join us for a lively and interactive discussion. SPARC’s Communication’s Manager, Andrea Higginbotham, will be moderating questions during the webcast. Feel free to post preliminary comments and questions for Nicholas right here.  

For additional information, contact SPARC’s Communication’s Manager, Andrea Higginbotham at andrea [at] arl [dot] org.

 

SPARC and World Bank OA Week Kickoff Now Online

It’s day 2 of Open Access Week 2013 and we hope your events are well underway. Please feel free to utilize the kickoff video for your events.

On Monday October 21st, 2013 SPARC and the World Bank hosted the Open Access Week Kickoff event at the World Bank. The event begin with a 60-minute panel discussion, entitled, “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” hosted by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. Among the topics discussed were Article Level Metrics (ALM’s) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. 

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
     

Following the panel discussion, winning nominations of the new Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) were announced. Elizabeth Marincola, Chief Executive Officer of PLOS, Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services, Wellcome Library at the Wellcome Trust, and Alex Kozak Policy Analyst, Public Policy and Government Relations at Google will each announced a winning ASAP nomination. The ASAP Program, sponsored by 27 global organizations including Google, PLOS, and the Wellcome Trust, recognizes those who have built upon Open Access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society. For more information on the ASAP Program, visit asap.plos.org

Speakers Announced for World Bank SPARC OA Week Kickoff

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank are pleased to announce the following speakers for the Open Access Week 2013 kickoff event on Monday, October 21st starting at 3:00pm EDT in Washington, DC:

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

The kickoff event will take place at the World Bank. A LiveBlog and webcast of the panel discussion and ceremony will be available for those who cannot attend in person. The event will be recorded and be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access events. No registration is necessary for the webcast. Participants are encouraged to post their questions for the panel in advance and during the event at, and to stream the webcast to kick off their own Open Access Week events.

More information here.

Thisis the page to bookmark to watch the event live online.