Today’s Open UBC Week session by Dr. Ian Mitchell and Dr. Dhavide Aruliah – “A Course on Reproducible Research in Computational and Data Science: What should it be?” was thought-provoking and well attended. Held in conjunction with the Institute of Applied Mathematics seminar series, the talk opened with examples of why open data and reproducibility are so critical […]

UBC is once again participating in the International Open Access Week event, where the research and academic community worldwide come together to share and learn about open access and other connected global open scholarship initiatives locally and worldwide. UBC’s own event – Open UBC – showcases four days of topical forums, lectures and workshops about open scholarship by invited Guest Lecturers and UBC’s own community of faculty, students & staff.

Highlights include:

  • Opening Up Education – Creative Alternatives to Access Copyright – Keynote SpeakerBy Paul Stacey, Director, Communications, Stakeholder & Academic Relations at BCcampus
  • A Course on Reproducible Research in Computational and Data Science: What should it be? – By  Dr. Ian Mitchell & Dr. Dhavide Arulia
  • Transitioning a journal to an open access business model: a Canadian perspective – By Lesley Andres, Professor, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia and Editor of Canadian Journal of Higher Education
  • Open Access – What problems are we trying to fix? – Keynote Speaker – By Dr. David Rosenthal, Chief Scientist, LOCKSS
  • Opening the Possibilities of the Internet:’s Transformative Campaigns and the University Community – Keynote Speaker – By Reilly Yeo, Managing Director,
  • Publishers from Public Library of Science & Springer Publishing will talk about their Open Access Business models
  • Opening Up Worldwide Access to key BC Historical Documents: Chinese Canadian Stories, BC Historical Newspapers and more
  • UBC Faculty will share and exchange their innovative approaches to the dissemination of their research in a showcase and exchange of ideas event – By Dr. Anne-Marie Nicols, Dr. Paul Evans,  Dr. Rosie Redfield, Dr. Erin Michalak, Dr. Harry Brumer,  Dr. Wyeth W. Wasserman and  Dimas Yusuf

All of these events are FREE and open to the public, students, faculty, staff and schools. No registration necessary.

Location:  All events in Lillooet (301) Room in the Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC Vancouver Campus unless indicated otherwise.

All of these events are FREE and open to the public, students, faculty, staff and schools.

For more information about the event contact:

Open UBC is  held in conjunction with International Open Access Week, October 24-27, 2011:

Flickr Photo of UBC Library's ASRS (Automated Storage Retrieval System)

 OA Session for Today – Monday, October 24th:

A Course on Reproducible Research in Computational and Data Science:

What should it be?

@ 3:00-4:00pm today

Location: Leonard S. Klinck building, Rm 301 – 6356 Agricultural Road (Institute of Applied Mathematics)

Click here to see OA Week schedule at UBC Vancouver & UBC Okanagan.

Unless otherwise noted, all OA sessions held at UBC Vancouver are located in the Lillooet Room – 3rd floor – Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Connect from your own computer or come in-person to the free live OA webcast sessions.

Photo courtesy of UBC Library’s Flickr Photostream at:

Did You Know?

If you missed out on attending previous Open Access Week at UBC events, you can find a selection of podcast, webcast and other OA session presentations under the Library Events collection in cIRcle at:


Luis Camnitzer in Koerner Library. Photo: David Aiken

An article on the Luis Camnitzer exhibition, showing at UBC’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, appears in Canadian Art. The piece also highlights a Camnitzer work – Arbitrary Works and Their Titles – that is currently on display on level three (the main level) of Koerner Library.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: GE190.C6 C56 2011 Paul G. Harris, ed., China’s Responsibility for Climate Change: Ethics, Fairness and Environmental Policy (Bristol: Policy Press, 2011). LAW LIBRARY level 3: K487.S3 C38 2011 David S. Caudill, Stories About Science in Law. Literary and Historical Images of Acquired Expertis (Farnham: Ashgate Pub., 2011). LAW LIBRARY reference room [...]

From today Economist‘s blog: THE British Parliament’s Clock Tower (more commonly known as Big Ben) is leaning north-west by 0.26 degrees, or 17 inches (43.5cm), according to documents that were recently made public. But Big Ben isn’t alone; architects have been correcting the Leaning Tower of Pisa since the 1170s when it was still being […]


Word fans and United Way supporters – you’re invited to participate in UBC Library’s second annual Spelling Bee!

Will the victorious English Exoterics, from the Department of English, continue to out-spell this year’s competitors, including their rivals Bee Plus from the School of Journalism?  Who will be this year’s dark horse? Will we see a showdown between VP portfolios? Come participate or watch the action on November 9!

Join us for a cross-campus team competition to raise awareness for the United Way. Assemble your best spellers (up to 10) to compete for the United Way Cup of Victory. Your team will go head-to-head with others from various departments and units across campus.

If your team has what it takes to be the ultimate UBC spellers, RSVP with your list of team members by Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 Oct. 28, 2011 by emailing Harry Young at The suggested team entry fee is $5 per person.

The Spelling Bee takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9 in the Golden Jubilee Room, located on the top level of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

We’ll be taking team photos where possible on-site, so please arrive a bit early if you can. Can’t make it to our event?  Watching from the sidelines?  Join the conversation with our live tweeting @ubclibrary (#ubcspellingbee).

For more information about this event and the UBC Community United Way Campaign, visit





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