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