‘Unlocking COVID-19 through Open Access’ with Jason Shuo Zhang | University Libraries | University of Colorado Boulder

“Unlocking COVID-19 through Open Access is a video series produced by the University Libraries and the Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship that highlights CU Boulder faculty and researchers using the open access publishing model to make their work on COVID-19 more accessible to the public.

Learn how CU Boulder graduate Jason Shuo Zhang and colleagues from CU Boulder’s Computer Science Department and Department of Information Science posted a preprint on the emergence of COVID-19 Reddit communities and the spread of information and disinformation to other online communities on the site. …”

Tailoring Transformative Agreements to Support Open Access through Automatic Deposit – YouTube

“In this presentation, Ellen Finnie, Open Access Publisher Agreements Manager at the California Digital Library (CDL), explores opportunities and strategies for tailoring transformative agreements to support open access through automatic deposit, drawing on her extensive experience not only at the CDL but also in her former role as the Head of Scholarly Communications and Collections Strategy at MIT Libraries.

This presentation was delivered as part of a Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) community call. More information about COAPI is available at: https://sparcopen.org/coapi/ …”

OASPA Webinar: Gaining Insights into Global OA eBook Usage – Questions answered – OASPA


Following on from the recent webinar entitled Analyzing Open – Gaining Insights into Global OA eBook Usage, we asked our speakers to respond to the unanswered questions posed by attendees via the webinar chat. You can find those questions and answers below. This may be useful for those who missed it or wish to share with colleagues.

US: Archivists’ Victory over Overbroad Copyright Claim | Human Rights Watch

“A decision by GitHub, a leading software development platform, to reinstate a popular free software tool for downloading videos, means that human rights groups will be able to continue to use the software without interruption to preserve documentation of human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch, Mnemonic, and WITNESS said today. GitHub had removed the code for the software, youtube-dl, from its platform in response to a request by the Recording Industry Association of America Inc (RIAA)….”

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science. The film questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher, Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google. 

Prof. Lawrence Lessig – JurOA 2021 Interview – YouTube

“Interview mit Prof. Lawrence Lessig zum Thema “Open Access für die Rechtswissenschaft”….

“The most important thing that can happen is that young people begin to rally together to say to their professors: What the hell are you doing? Why would you support a system that assures the developing world does not have access to information? Why don’t you make a commitment to publishing your work in a way that guarantees access by everybody? And if you don’t believe there should be access by everybody, then defend that principle. We shouldn’t allow the laziness of the ways things have been to block this fundamental opportunity we have right now to build an infrastructure of open access that guarantees that information and science and knowledge can be spread broadly and cheaply.”