Open Access Week

Open Access Week logo with the message, "Open in order to:" and a blank space to encourage reflection on why open access is important to youThe theme for this year’s 10th International Open Access Week, is "Open in order to…"

This is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available. It serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables—in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context; then to take action to realize these benefits..

How will you answer it?

Event: Guest Speaker

Wednesday November 8, 2017

Jeff Spies, Chief Information Officer, Center for Open Science

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10:00am - 11:00am

An Open Workflow Approach to Increasing Research Efficiency, Reproducibility, and Diversity

Audience: Librarians and Library Employees

Location: Library Annex 405D

11:30am - 1:15pm

An Open Workflow Approach to Increasing Research Efficiency, Reproducibility, and Diversity

Audience: Council of Principal Investigators 

Location: Evans 204E


Professional success in academia is often gauged by what is publishable rather than what is rigorous, reproducible, replicable, and reusable--core principles critical to conducting high quality research. This has created a gap between scholarly values and scholarly practices. While rarely incentivized, openness is an effective approach to closing this gap and fixing the issues that have risen because of it while simultaneously increasing accessibility and diversity. This talk will present these issues and propose (1) moving beyond descriptions of outcomes to descriptions of process or the sharing of actual process (i.e., workflow) and (2) a practical solution to making openness as easy and automatic as possible via research workflow integration. Not only is workflow where scholars find day-to-day success within the current incentive system, but it is where the context critical to facilitating reproducibility, replicability, and reuse exists.

What is Open Access?

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) defines Open Access as the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.

Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.

Why is Open Access important?

  • Societal impact. Even the best ideas remain just that until they are shared, until they can be utilized by others. The more people that can access and build upon the latest research, the more valuable that research becomes and the more likely we are to benefit as a society. More eyes make for smaller problems.
  • Scholarly Impact.  Open access publications are cited more often because of their higher availability and visibility.
  • Research Funding. Funders invest in research to advance human knowledge and ultimately improve lives. Open Access increases the return on that investment by ensuring the results of the research they fund can be read and built on by anyone.
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