Open Access Week

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Carol, which t-shirts are you using?

From the SPARC site

, we are using GRTEE shirts. Also the stickers (I Support Taxpayer Access) TAS09 and author rights posters AA2006P


The Right to Research Coalition’s members will be an active part of this year’s Open Access Week.  Our membership will host events on campuses across the world, write opinion articles in newspapers, translate our Open Access resources into different languages, and more to celebrate during the week.


To help facilitate events organized by and programmed for students, we will host 2 webcasts during Open Access Week: one on Monday, October 24th at 8pm EDT, the second on Wednesday, the 26th at 12pm EDT.  Our Monday webcast will include presentations from Goldis Chami, a leading student open access advocate from the University of British Columbia, and Jonathan Eisen, the Academic Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Biology.  Our Wednesday webcast will again feature Goldis Chami as well as John Wilbanks, the Vice President for Science at Creative Commons. 


The webcasts are open to anyone and will be an opportunity to hear about Open Access from leading advocates and for students to learn how they can make a difference on their campuses.  You can read more about the webcasts and sign up for updates on our resources for the week at


The Right to Research Coalition has also published a student action guide for Open Access Week, featuring a variety of ideas for how students can get involved in the Week, from the ambitious to the simple.  We hope you will share the guide with any students you know who are interested in Open Access.  It can be found at

At Northeastern University we are planning a series of events to take place throughout the week:

  • An invitation-only breakfast with Robert Darnton from Harvard University as the guest speaker
  • Streaming a webcast of a Berkman Center talk on "Doing Science in the Open"
  • A panel discussion on Wikipedia and crowdsourcing the research process
  • A presentation from a faculty member active in publishing open access in the humanities
  • A presentation from Flat World Knowledge
  • A discussion group for grad students on their data gathering and storage practices, with our new Data Services Librarian


This is the first year we've done something on such a large scale for OA Week...

Hi Hillary. Wow, looks great. Will the presentation from Flat World Knowledge be in person or webcast?

It will be in person. They have assured me it won't be a sales presentation. :)

Hillary, will you be recording?
We will probably record some events, but I haven't worked out the details with the participants yet.

At Brooklyn College, we're having an authors' rights event called "You Know What You Write, But Do You Know Your Rights? Understanding and Protecting Your Rights as an Author." In it, we'll help faculty understand different kinds of publishers' copyright agreements, learn how to find out a journal’s policy, and negotiate their contracts.  More info here:


We've also organized an event at the CUNY Graduate Center called "Open Access Scholarly Publishing as Thought and Action," in which a panel will share their inspiration for becoming open access advocates, their thinking about adopting particular licenses for their work, and the processes through which they have liberated their scholarship—from their perspectives as authors, editors and publishers.  More info here:


Elsewhere at CUNY, there will also be "Using Open Educational Materials in Your Courses" and "Open Access Happy Hour: Your Rights as an Author" events at New York City College of Technology ( and an "Open Access Publishing in the Sciences" event at Hunter College (

The National Graduate Caucus is a separate caucus within the Canadian Federation of Students uniting over 70,000 graduate student members of the Federation.

Graduate student union members of the National Graduate Caucus across Canada are preparing for Open Access Week 2011. By working closely with their on-campus libraries, graduate students will be hosting panel discussions, workshops, poster campaigns, webcasts and movie screenings to understand and expand the scope of open access and its relevancy to the everyday graduate student. In addition we've also seen the introduction of OA grants at some campuses such as Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

Many students have been receptive to the film RIP! A Remix Manifesto so some student unions will be screening that documentary on their campuses allowing for space for discussion as an interactive way of engaging with their members.

Considering that the Copyright Bill C-11 has been reintroduced into the legislature, some locals will also be focusing on the inter-relationships between copyright and open access. 

The use of the many materials prepared by the Caucus as well as by the Right to Research Coalition has proven helpful to many student unions in terms of messaging and outreach. 

Seems very fitting to discuss Copyright Bill C-11 in context of open access. Great idea.

YOu might be interested to see research that JISC and the British LIbrary has done in the UK looking into the research behaviour of Generation Y.  We looked at, among other things, 'Generation Y's attitude to OA, and found they are quite unaware in the main.

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