How orange bananas could make your Open Access Week a success! Tips and Ideas for Open Access Week.

Last Friday Joe McArthur and I presented an Open Access (OA) Week Planning webcast. We thought it best to follow that up with a simple post detailing the key points of the discussion. If you’d like to watch the whole webcast, it’s embedded for your viewing pleasure at the end of the post. The slides used can also be downloaded, again, we’ve embedded them below.

Your OA Week does not have to be overly academic and boring. Appealing to students and people who have absolutely no idea what OA is means you need to make OA sexy. Here are a few tips to help you organise a really cool event:

  • Head outside the bubble

Advocating for OA to people who are already supporters is much like preaching to the choir. This not to say that those already participating in furthering the OA mandate should be side-lined, but our suggestion for OA Week is to venture outside the OA bubble and try to appeal to those who have no idea what OA is about. This could mean finding out what the campus hot-topic is about and trying to insert the OA dialogue in to the discussion in a relevant way. You could also tie OA to research impact, career choices and campus policy rather than just talking about it in isolation.

  • Find support

The more support you have, both within and outside of your campus, the more successful your OA Week will be. The first point of call would be to get your library involved. Hold an info session for librarians about OA and OERs so that if students approach them during the week they are well informed. Ask librarians whether they would be willing to display journal price tags, posters, programmes, and stickers in the library.

Secondly, look at involving student organisations in the week’s events. Getting the Student Representative Council on-board for the week is useful as they are the primary proxy for reaching students. Ask them whether they would be willing to wear promo OA t-shirts for the week to increase visibility on campus. You could also approach research groups and debating unions.

Linking back to the point of heading outside the bubble, contact organisations outside your campus to participate in discussions during OA Week. Last year, OpenUCT Initiative at the University of Cape Town held a panel discussion about access outside the ivory tower to raise awareness around NGO’s, like Rape Crisis in South Africa, that struggle to access research relevant to their cause. In doing this, you could also establish a network between organisations outside the insular campus space and students with access to research.

Finally, R2RC, OKF, SPARC, OA Button and openaccessweek.org are useful if you have any questions or difficulties with your events.

  • Everyone wants free stuff!

If you can afford to get your hands on t-shirts, stickers, buttons, and bags please do! Students love nothing more than free stuff and it can be used to incentivise participation in activities. Offer a free meal during a workshop or panel discussion and watch them walk straight in the door.

  • Don’t hold an event

DO NOT WAIT FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO YOU, GO TO THEM! Make yourself visible on campus– hand out flyers, orange balloons, and free OA promo giveaways. It’s important to get your foot in the door with people so that you can follow that up with engaging discussions about what OA is and how they can get involved. The great thing about going to organisations and large groups of people is that they already have the large base of students and this makes the whole process easier.

  • Do something different

As I mentioned earlier, having an overly academic week of activities isn’t fun. Students want to be engaged in things that are interesting and sexy so you gotta think outside the box. Host Access Challenges and OER Hackathons (anything with the word “Hackathon” in it is super hot right now!). Why not really do something really different and cover your campus in orange bananas. This can get your campus asking questions which you can answer with a video message or signs. More here : http://students.stopaidscampaign.org/2012/02/glasgow-goes-bananas/ 

  • Do something easy

If you are hosting an event for the first time you don’t have to go all out and over-commit yourself. You can do simple things to attract attention during the week– watch the kick-off events and stream OA videos from YouTube. At the University of Cape Town we streamed the following videos on loop at high-trafficked campus zones:

Open Access Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5rVH1KGBCY and How Open Access Empowered a 16 year old to make a Cancer breakthrough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G55hlnSD1Ys

The great thing here is that the work has already been done for you, you just have to show it to students.

  • Join the global discussion

Do not isolate yourself from the global discussion ongoing during the week. Join the openaccessweek.org page and create a profile to document your events during the week. This way you can also get an idea of what other groups and universities are doing. Use the OA Week hashtag on twitter (#oaweek #oer #oa #openaccess etc) and blog about your experiences as much as you can.

  • Give people tools

Students can be lazy and apathetic, so go to them and give them the resources they need to engage with OA. Create a list of OA journals and sites where you can access free stuff. At UCT we created a PowerPoint entitled Finding Open Stuff, which lists all the free content, from pictures to research available. You can find it here: http://openuct.uct.ac.za/article/finding-open-stuff-2013-update

  • Get feedback

Make sure you get feedback from events; this will help you to gauge where people are regarding OA and how you can tailor future events.

  • Follow up on it

It is important to follow up your OA week events to increase momentum– host satellite events of OpenCon etc. You need to create outputs from each event so think about creating policy groups after OA week and give people actions they have to build on. If possible, keep in touch with students who participated in OA week activities via email and twitter.

From everyone at R2RC we wish you a successful OA Week, and please feel free to contact us should you have any queries or concerns.

 

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The Fruits of Finch/RCUK Profligacy (and Publishing Lobby Success)

Here they are:

Cornée, Nathalie and Madjarevic, Natalia (2014) The London School of Economics and Political Science 2013/2014 RCUK open access compliance report. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Library, London, UK.
Abstract: In September 2014, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) reported to Research Councils UK on the School?s compliance with the recently introduced RCUK Policy on Open Access (OA). This reports provides detail around the article processing charges (APC) data and RCUK Call for Evidence report. Background In April 2013, the revised RCUK Policy on Open Access came into effect. The policy requires journal articles or conference proceedings arising from research funded wholly or partially by a RCUK grant should be made freely available online (or ?Open Access?). There are two main routes to make papers open access: a) the Green route, which is the LSE preferred route, when the full text of papers are deposited into an institutional repository such as LSE Research Online. To select this route, embargo periods must be no longer than the 12 months permitted by RCUK (no charge applies); b) the Gold route, which provides immediate, unrestricted access to the final version of the paper via the publisher’s website, often using a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence – it may involve payment of an APC to the publisher. In 2013, we received the RCUK OA block grant for 2013/14 of £62,862. We set up the LSE Institutional Publication Fund using this grant and this was managed by the Library, allowing eligible RCUK-funded researchers to apply for APC funds. Additionally, the School was awarded a pump-prime funding allocation from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for open access, which was also added to the fund. Of the 141 papers we identified as RCUK-funded for Year 1, 50 papers are open access via the Green route and 73 via the Gold, resulting in an 87% compliance rate.

Seventy-three (73) OA articles, at about £1,000 a shot via Gold — vs. fifty (50) at no cost via Green!

That RCUK £62,862 could have funded 4 doctoral research students or 2 postdoctoral researchers. Instead, it is paying publishers even more than they are already being paid for subscriptions (and for hybrid Gold publishers it’s even double-paying them).

For 73 articles!

And 73 articles that could have been provided for free via Green — if instead of dangling scarce money in front of authors RCUK had simply insisted on immediate deposit, irrespective of embargo length.

One can only hope that the spot-on and timely new HEFCE policy of requiring immediate deposit, now, in order to be eligible for REF2020, will stanch this gratuitous, obdurate Finch/RCUK profligacy.

And that the EU’s similar policy will help reinforce it.

Meanwhile there’s nothing stopping institutions from being more sensible, by requiring immediate deposit and using the RCUK windfall to better purpose (till it is sensibly redirected to research).

VISIÓN, IMPLANTACIÓN Y FUTURO DEL ACCESO ABIERTO EN EL GOBIERNO DE PUERTO RICO: EN SEMANA INTERNACIONAL DEL ACCESO ABIERTO 2014-UPRRRP

SEMANA DEL ACCESO ABIERTO 2014 EN LA UPR-RRP

La Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información,
de la Universidad de Puerto Rico,
y la Comunidad de Práctica de la Biblioteca Virtual en Salud de Puerto Rico
se unen en esta Semana para estimular y contribuir al logro
del Acceso Abierto a la Información.

Cordialmente le invitan a asistir a la presentacion de la conferencia:

Visión, Implantación y Futuro del Acceso Abierto en el Gobierno de Puerto Rico.

Conferenciante:  Sr. Giancarlo González,
Principal Ejecutivo de Informática del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico.

 

Fecha:  Martes, 21 de octubre de 2014

Hora:  10:00 a.m.   

Lugar: Sala de Conferencias, Biblioteca José M. Lázaro,
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras.


Cupo limitado.  Importante la inscripción temprana a través de
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entradas-vision-implantacion-y-futuro-del-acceso-abierto-en-el-gobierno-de-puerto-rico-en-semana-13333694439

 

Inscritos recibirán Constancia de Educación Continua

Para información adicional, sírvase comunicarse a través de:
Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información,
Programa de Educacion Profesional Continua,
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras,
Apdo. Postal 21906, San Juan, PR 00931-1906:
787.763.6199; educacionprofcontinuaegctiupr@gmail.com, luisa.vigo@upr.edu

CONVERSATORIO EN TORNO A LAS BIBLIOTECAS EN EL ECOSISTEMA DE LA PUBLICACIÓN CIENTÍFICA: ACCESO ABIERTO A PUBLICACIONES Y DATOS DE INVESTIGACIÓN


La Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologias de la Información, de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, y la Biblioteca de Ciencias Bibliotecarias de la Universidad de Puerto Rico les invitan al
Conversatorio a presentar

el Dr. Antonio Hernández-Pérez,
Director del Doctorado en Documentación, Archivos
y Bibliotecas en el Entorno Digital,
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Moderará la sesión el
Dr. Miguel A. Santiago,
Director de la Biblioteca de Ciencias
Bibliotecarias e Informática

Fecha:  Miércoles, 22 de octubre de 2014, en Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto

Hora:  10:00 a.m.

Modalidad: Virtual, a través de Blackboard Collaborate / Presentación en Aula 313, EGCTI-UPR

Libre de Costo.

Inscripción a través de https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entradas-las-bibliotecas-en-el-ecosistema-de-la-publicacion-cientifica-acceso-abierto-a-publicaciones-y-13364103393

Inscritos en el evento recibirán una Constancia de Educación Continua.

Para información adicional, sírvase comunicarse a través de: Programa de Educacion Continua y Desarrollo Profesional, Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información, Universidad de Puerto Rico: educacioncontinuaegctiupr@gmail.com o luisa.vigo@upr.edu ; Tel. 787.763.6199; 787.612.9343

Visión y Aplicación de la Filosofía del Acceso Abierto y la Democratización de la Información en diferentes Sectores del Campo de la Información en Puerto Rico

Visión y Aplicación de la Filosofía del Acceso Abierto
y la Democratización de la Información
en diferentes Sectores del Campo de la Información
en Puerto Rico:  En 3er Encuentro de ExAlumnos de la Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información, Universidad de Puerto Rico

Jueves, 23 de octubre de 2014 : 9:00am – 4:00 p.m.

 

Con el co-auspicio de la Asociación de Egresados de la Escuela de Bibliotecología y Ciencias de la Información (ASEGRABCI),
Beta Beta Kappa, Capítulo de Beta Phi Mu,

y ACURIL, Capítulo de Puerto Rico. 

 

Moderador y Panelista:  Lcdo. Héctor Rubén Sánchez-Fernández,
Director de la Biblioteca de Derecho, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico/Presidente de la Asociación de Bibliotecarios
de Derecho de Puerto Rico

 
Panelistas:

 

Prof. Carmen Santos-Corrada, Directora de Colecciones Especiales, Biblioteca Conrado Asenjo, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Médicas / Directora, Biblioteca Virtual en Salud de Puerto Rico
(Campo de la Salud)

 

Prof. Miguel Hernández De Jesús,
Director, Programa de Bibliotecas y Servicios de Información, Departamento de Educación de Puerto Rico

 (Bibliotecas Escolares y Públicas)

 

Prof. Mirta Colón, Directora de la Biblioteca,
Universidad Politécnica

de Puerto Rico (Campo de la Ingenieria y Arquitectura)

 

Prof. Maria Elisa Ordóñez,
Directora de la Colección Puertorriqueña, 
Biblioteca José M. Lázaro, Sistema de Bibliotecas,

Universidad de Puerto Rico,
Recinto de Río Piedras (Campo de las Humanidades)

 

Dr. Carlos Suárez-Balseiro,
Catedrático Asociado, Escuela Graduada

de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información,
Universidad de Puerto Rico

(Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información)

Libre de costo.

Asistentes recibirán Constancia de Educación Continua

 

Viernes, 24 de octubre de 2014

 

2:00 p.m.   Repositorio y preservación digital: Webinar,
por el Prof. José Oliveras. Organizado por el Centro de Excelencia Académica, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras. Inscripción: tel (787) 764-0000 ext. 83236, 83243, 83244; 
fax (787) 772-1429

 

Para información adicional, sírvase comunicarse a través de:
Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información, Programa de Educacion Profesional Continua,
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras,
Apdo. Postal 21906, San Juan, PR  00931-1906:
787.763.6199; educacionprofcontinuaegctiupr@gmail.com, luisa.vigo@upr.edu

 

SEMANA INTERNACIONAL DEL ACCESO ABIERTO 2014 en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras 20-24 de octubre de 2014

SEMANA INTERNACIONAL DEL ACCESO ABIERTO 2014
en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras
20-24 de octubre de 2014

La Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información, conjuntamente con otras unidades de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, y organizaciones profesionales,
se unen en esta Semana para estimular y contribuir
al logro del Acceso Abierto a la Información.

Cordialmente les invitamos a asistir a las actividades programadas.

PROGRAMA

Lunes, 20 de octubre de 2014

2:00 p.m.   “Acceso Abierto”: Webinar.   Prof. Gladys López.  Organizado por el Centro de Excelencia Académica, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras. Inscripción a través de tel. (787) 764-0000 ext. 83236, 83243, 83244; ; fax (787) 772-1429

3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT   Apertura de la Semana Internacional de Acceso Abierto / Open Access Week 2014 Kick Off Event at the World Bank: Generation Open. Co-auspiciado por SPARC y el World Bank- Generation Open – En línea   

Martes, 21 de octubre de 2014 ; 10:00 a.m.   

“Visión, Implantación y Futuro del Acceso Abierto
en el Gobierno de Puerto Rico”

Conferencia por el Sr. Giancarlo González, Principal Ejecutivo de Informática del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico.  
Organizado por la Escuela Graduada de Ciencias
y Tecnologías de la Información, Universidad de Puerto Rico
y la Comunidad de Práctica de la Biblioteca Virtual
en Salud de Puerto Rico.

Modalidad: Presencial
Lugar: Sala de Conferencias, Biblioteca José M. Lázaro,
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras.
Inscripción a través de:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/entradas-vision-implantacion-y-futuro-del-acceso-abierto-en-el-gobierno-de-puerto-rico-en-semana-13333694439
Libre de costo.
Inscritos recibirán Constancia de Asistencia.

2:00 p.m. “Derechos de Autor”: Webinar, por la Prof. Mariluz Frontera.  Organizado por el Centro de Excelencia Académica, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras.  Inscripción: tel. (787) 764-0000 ext. 83236, 83243, 83244; fax (787) 772-1429

Miércoles, 22 de octubre de 2014 ; 10:oo a.m.   

 “Las bibliotecas en el ecosistema de la publicación científica:
 acceso abierto a publicaciones y datos de investigación”

Conversatorio con el Dr. Antonio Hernández-Pérez,
 Director, Doctorado en Documentación:
 Archivos y Bibliotecas  en el Entorno Digital,
 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.  

Conferencia organizada por la Biblioteca
de Ciencias Bibliotecarias e Informática, Sistema de Bibliotecas,
y la Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras.  

Modalidad: Virtual, a través de Blackboard Collaborate.  
Lugar: Aula 313 EGCTI
Inscripción a través de:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entradas-las-bibliotecas-en-el-ecosistema-de-la-publicacion-cientifica-acceso-abierto-a-publicaciones-y-13364103393
Libre de Costo.