The current system in academia drives scholars to give away the visible results of our work. We hand over copyright, often to multinational corporations that enjoy an inelastic market - record or near-record profits of 30-40% even in recent years after the financial crisis when university budgets have been squeezed and programs often cut. This doesn't have to continue! This talk is call for scholars to take back our scholarship from a system that drives enclosure for profit to one led by scholars that can put the priorities for sharing where they belong: prioritizing the needs of scholars and the public good. Open access advocates and newcomers alike will leave with some clear and compelling arguments about why this is necessary, and practical steps that will help the transition along.
Heather Morrison is a long-time, passionate advocate for open access and for transforming scholarly communication to better suit the needs of scholarship and the public good. Last November she defended her dissertation, Freedom for scholarship in the internet age http://summit.sfu.ca/item/12537, and currently she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa's School of Information Studies, where her focus is information policy.