Recently, the 2018 Open Access Week Advisory Committee revealed the theme for this year’s Open Access Week to be “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”.

In the words of the Advisory Committee, “This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. This year’s Open Access Week invites all interested stakeholders to participate in advancing this important work.”

Open Access Week is a great opportunity for the Scholarly Communications Office, the Library, and the greater UBC community to engage in dialogue around open access and foster greater participation in Open Access initiatives happening both on and off campus.

In collaboration with various partners, internally and externally, UBC Library has been celebrating Open Access Week for several years and looks forward to working with this year’s theme to continue the important conversations surrounding Open Access.

If you would like to catch up on last year’s “Exploring Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship” panel, co-sponsored by UBC, SFU, BCIT, and BCcampus, watch the recording, available on the Open UBC website.

Also look to UBC Library’s Open Access page for more information in the Fall.

 

 

 

Today, Canada’s three federal research funding agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (the agencies)—have developed a draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy.

 

The draft policy aims to support Canadian research excellence by fostering sound digital data management and data stewardship practices with suggested requirements related to three primary areas:

 

  1. Institutional data management strategies
  2. Researcher data management plans
  3. Data deposit

 

Based on feedback received from institutions, associations, organizations and individuals on the draft policy and its usefulness in advancing data management practices in Canada, the three agencies plan to launch the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy in 2019.

 

The feedback period is open until August 31, 2018.

 

Read the draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy and FAQs

 

Explore The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy: How the UBC Library Can Help guide for UBC researchers

 

 

 

 

 

The Scholarly Communications team has recently released two videos meant to provide the UBC community with a brief introduction into two important topics:

  • How to comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications and;
  • Author Rights (everything you need to know before, during, and after you sign a publisher agreement)

The format for these videos is information you can use in 5 minutes or less, so if you have a few minutes to spare and are curious, check them out below:

 

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

 

Author Rights

 

 

 

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides a critical service to the open access publishing community by curating a comprehensive white list of trusted open access journals. As a result of this work, DOAJ increases the “visibility, accessibility, reputation usage and impact of quality peer-reviewed open access scholarly research journals globally” (DOAJ).

Operating as a not-for-profit organization, DOAJ relies on the voluntary donations of its member institutions in order to sustain its services. While this funding model has allowed DOAJ to establish a robust and trusted database of reputable open access journals, it does not afford them the ability to conduct long term planning or invest in substantial upgrades. In response to this precarious funding model, the organizations in SCOSS (The Global Sustainability Coalition for the Open Science Series) put forward a recommendation that DOAJ supporting members make a commitment to fund DOAJ for the three years, allowing the organization to make significant contributions to their strategic initiatives.

UBC Library, which has long been a supporting member of DOAJ, has signed on to provide this additional sustaining financial support and looks forward to the future resources and services that DOAJ will create as a result of more stable funding.

Read more about DOAJ’s accomplishments in 2017

 

 

 

It is a pleasure to release the cIRcle Annual Impact & Activity Report 2016-2017!

 

In 2016-2017, cIRcle (UBC’s Digital Repository) had over 56,000 items. In the past two years, cIRcle has archived more than 4,000 deposits per year — an average annual growth rate of 8%.

 

Other highlights included in the report:

  • A breakdown of the increase in faculty content and a quick summary of the top content contributors
  • Developed cIRcle guidelines and practices on improving metadata for greater access and discoverability via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal
  • Featured Research Associate Emerita at the Royal British Columbia Museum and UBC alumna, Mary-Lou Florian
  • Spotlight on a few key partnerships and collaborations such as the Vancouver Institute Lecture Series and more

 

A quick sampling of new additions to cIRcle included:

Enhancing the clinical reflective capacities of nursing students http://hdl.handle.net/2429/59683

Form follows parking : strategies for mitigating the impacts of excess parking supply http://hdl.handle.net/2429/57704

Embedding the Frames of Evidence-Based Practice : Intersections in Librarianship http://hdl.handle.net/2429/58260

Research Data Management (RDM) Needs of Science and Engineering Researchers : A View from Canada http://hdl.handle.net/2429/58265

Analyzing Fire Ignition Data in the Kamloops, Lillooet and Merritt fire zones : with implications toward the effects of fire suppression on the landscape http://hdl.handle.net/2429/59241

The landscape of rare cancer : a sea of opportunity http://hdl.handle.net/2429/59312

Interventions to Improve Patient Hand Hygiene : A Systematic Review http://hdl.handle.net/2429/60520

 

And, last but not least by any means, we were thrilled to add the first fourteen items from UBC President Santa Ono and we look forward to adding more this year!

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

Writing your thesis for UBC graduation? Prepping for UBC 3MT 2018?

 

Working on a slide presentation for a spring/summer conference or other event?

 

Interested in open access? Curious about scholarly publishing? Confused about copyright, author rights and more?

 

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions listed above, this free UBC graduate workshop is for you!

 

Showcasing your Graduate Research

in UBC’s Open Access Digital Repository:

Help with Copyright and More (Graduate Pathways to Success)

 

presented by the cIRcle Office and Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services

 

Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Location: Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road

 

Participants will learn to:

 

  • Describe and format their work for deposit in cIRcle, UBC’s open access digital repository
  • See how to apply Creative Commons Licenses to their work
  • Create presentations with good Copyright practices
  • Consult one-on-one with a member of Copyright Services at UBC

 

Register here

 

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

 

Writing your thesis for UBC graduation? Prepping for UBC 3MT 2018?

 

Working on a slide presentation for a spring/summer conference or other event?

 

Interested in open access? Curious about scholarly publishing? Confused about copyright, author rights and more?

 

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions listed above, this free UBC graduate workshop is for you!

 

Showcasing your Graduate Research

in UBC’s Open Access Digital Repository:

Help with Copyright and More (Graduate Pathways to Success)

 

presented by the cIRcle Office and Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services

 

Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Location: Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road

 

Participants will learn to:

 

  • Describe and format their work for deposit in cIRcle, UBC’s open access digital repository
  • See how to apply Creative Commons Licenses to their work
  • Create presentations with good Copyright practices
  • Consult one-on-one with a member of Copyright Services at UBC

 

Register here

 

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

 

News Release from BCcampus:

 

BCcampus is a Canadian government agency that works with post-secondary institutions to help adapt teaching and learning practices to best serve students.

 

In 2012, it launched the BC Open Textbook Project and has since become a recognized world leader in open education. BCcampus embraced the concept that access to freely available content, information, and data is essential to students and instructors.

 

For its dedication to the Open agenda, collaborative practices, and willingness to share what works to make education more accessible, SPARC is honouring BCcampus with its January 2018 Innovator Award.

 

Read the full SPARC Innovator profile here

 

Read the full BCcampus press release here

 

 

 

Explore Open UBC here

 

Make your UBC research openly accessible here

 

 

 

 

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