UCT Open Access Week Resources Now Available

Open access has been showed by numerous studies to increase citation to scholars’ work of all kinds. The online environment also means that new forms of impact can be measured and in new ways. Alternative metrics (ALTmetrics) provide a new approach to analysing impact beyond that of tradition citations, considering other indicators such as downloads and references in social media. The internet has shrunk the world and allows scholars to connect and collaborate across the globe in real time.  

In this digital world, opening up access to not just journal articles but all outputs and information has incredible power to transform academia and society as a whole.  Academics  at UCT had the opportunity last week to engage with these issues and more through several events being run by the OpenUCT Initiative. 

All the presentations have been made available for viewing and download:

1. Demystifying Open Access
2. Exploring ‘Impact’: An introduction to new tools and approaches for alternative scholarship metrics
3. Finding Open Stuff
4. Creative Commons Practical Workshop
5. Academics’ online presence: assessing and shaping your online visibility

Open Access Week at UCT 2012

Next week is International Open Access Week and UCT will be joining the celebration by hosting a range of events related to open access in order to engage academics and students.
 
 
EVENTS
All events will take place in the CHED Boardroom, Hlanganani Building Level 6, Upper Campus
Please RSVP to openuct@uct.ac.za
 
Demystifying Open Access
Presented by Laura Czerniewicz
22 October 2012 at 13h00 – 14h00
 
Exploring ‘Impact’: An introduction to new tools and approaches for alternative scholarship metrics
By Michelle Willmers
23 October 2012 at 13h00 – 14h00

Finding Open Stuff
by Shihaam Shaikh

24 October 2012 at 14h00 – 14h45
 
Creative Commons Practical Workshop
by Shihaam Shaikh
25 October 2012 at 12h30 – 14h30
Academics’ online presence: assessing and shaping your online visibility
by Sarah Goodier
26 October 2012 at 14h00 – 15h00
 
See the link for the programme below, for more details on the events. The OpenUCT Initiative site will be live by the end of this week and you will be able to follow the events as it happens, find out more information about Open Access Week and about open scholarship at UCT.