Are you curious about open access and how it can increase your research impact? Join us at Open UBC 2013 today!

Find out how digital technologies and contemporary open education practices are affecting the economics and traditional business models of education. Learn about new faculty-based innovative open projects, courses, sharable and extensible tools and approaches for student learning and engagement at UBC. Discover how UBC students are leading open access for their peers and beyond.

Register to attend any (or all) Open UBC event session held in conjunction with UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week (Oct. 20-26) at:

Did You Know? 

Gregor Kiczales is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at UBC. He is an ACM Fellow and the 2012 recipient of the Dahl-Nygaard Senior Prize for his achievements in programming language design research.  He is also the instructor for the Introduction to Systematic Program Design MOOC at Coursera. Hear his Open UBC 2013 talk about MOOCs and on-campus learning happening at UBC at: Register for any (or all) Open UBC 2013 event sessions at:

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This year marks the 5th annual Open Access Week event series at the University of British Columbia.  Don’t miss out on this celebration. Join us on Oct. 22-23 in the Dodson Room of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Open UBC “encourages the academic community to come together to share and learn about open scholarship initiatives locally and worldwide”. It is a free event series held in conjunction with Celebrate Learning Week (Oct. 20-26), International Open Access Week (Oct. 21-27), and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC.

Guest speakers and highlights include Peter Binfield (co-founder of PeerJ), Paul Stacey (senior project manager at Creative Commons), Margaret Munro (award-winning science writer at Postmedia News), a Student Open Access Pecha Kucha panel presentation, an Open robotics and 3D printing demonstration, and experts on open education and flexible learning, including Erin Fields (Teaching and Learning Librarian) from UBC Library.

Now, let the Open UBC 2013 countdown begin! Register today at:

Did You Know? 

“The Open Access ‘Megajournal’ (a class of journal defined by the success of PLOS ONE) is a reasonably recent phenomenon, but one that some observers believe is poised to change the publishing world very rapidly.” Read more about it at: Register for any (or all) Open UBC 2013 event sessions at:

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 The third-annual Open UBC will kick off October 22, celebrating open access to information. The events encourage the academic community to come together to share and learn about open scholarship initiatives locally and worldwide.  

Highlights include:

All of these events are free and open to the public.

The full schedule with speaker biographies, session information and more is available on the Open UBC website. The session titles are listed below:

 In conjunction with UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week, International Open Access Week, and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC.

It is a pleasure to announce that the Open UBC 2012 webcasts are here! Simply click on the “View/Open” link to watch the webcasts in cIRcle.

Without further ado, here are the Open UBC 2012 webcasts:

Open access: effects and consequences in the management of scientific discourse by Dieter Stein

Uncovering the impact story of open research by Heather Piwowar –

Beyond walls: teaching and learning in the open by Jon Beasley-Murray, David Kohler and Stephen Hay –

An overview of Open Learning Technologies at UBC by Novak Rogic, Will Engle and Enej Bajgoric –

Open scholar awards at UBC: increase the impact of your research by Hilde Colenbrander, Joy Kirchner and Tara Stephens –

First Nations and open access: respectful consultation, protocols and collaboration by Larissa Grant and Jason Woolman –

The Sea Around Us Project: assessing the impact of fisheries on marine ecosystems and food security by Daniel Pauly, Dirk Zeller and Ar’ash Tavakolie –

#arseniclife, social media and open science by Rosie Redfield –

Adventures in open science advocacy by David Ng –

Did You Know?

Past Open UBC (Open Access Week) events and presentations are also available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository. Visit the Library Events collection at: You can browse the collection by Author, Title, Subjects and By Dept. Affiliation.

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You are invited to Open UBC - a two-day showcase of diverse events highlighting areas of open scholarship that features UBC’s researchers, faculty, students and staff, as well as guests from the global community.

Themes this year include: open education, open research, open access in the arts, open science, open data and altmetrics (alternative metrics). These events include discussion forums, lectures, seminars, workshops and symposia on topical and timely issues from every discipline. All events are FREE and open to the public, students, faculty, staff and schools.

This year’s Open UBC events will be held October 31 to November 1, 2012, in conjunction with UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week. 

For registration and a schedule of events, see:

All sessions will be held in the Lillooet Room (301) at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC unless otherwise stated.

Highlights include:

Dieter Stein,  Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (Germany) on the topic of open access impact on scientific discourse;

Heather Piwowar, a UBC-based Postdoctoral research associate with DataONE and the Dryad digital repository at NESCent, on open data and alternative metrics for calculating research impact factors;

Jon Beasley Murray, Professor, UBC, Faculty of Arts on teaching and learning in the open;

UBC’s Dr. Daniel Pauly and his team for their acclaimed Sea Around Us project;

other UBC faculty on open science; and more.

For more information about the events contact:

UBC Library

This month’s LibFOCUS focuses on exciting changes and events happening at UBC Library, including Open UBC, the Alma Mater Society digital collection and more.

Since the webometrics’ (the Ranking Web of Repositories) university and institutional repository (IR) rankings back in April 2010, cIRcle has continued to be a growing force in the Open Access movement among its national and international contemporaries.

It boasts over 41,000 full-text items, indexed by Google, Google Scholar and other web search engines and is accessed from far-flung corners of the world. The breadth of scholarly materials ranges from conference and workshop papers to journal articles, technical reports, graduating and honours essays to current and historical theses and dissertations, books, webcasts, podcasts, learning objects, and more.

By the numbers, here is a snapshot of cIRcle according to webometrics:

@ In the world ranking of *all* repositories, cIRcle is ranked at number 53 as seen at:

@ In the world ranking of all *institutional* repositories, cIRcle is ranked at number 44 as listed at:

@ Ranked at 1st in Canada (followed by the University of Toronto (T-Space) in 2nd place and York University (YorkSpace) in 3rd place according to webometrics shown at:

To learn more about cIRcle such as, “What is cIRcle?”, “Why use cIRcle?”, “Who’s contributing to cIRcle?” and how you can get involved with cIRcle, visit cIRcle at:

Did You Know?

UBC faculty, students, staff and invited guests participate in the open access movement by showcasing their scholarly research during Open UBC (formerly Open Access Week) held annually at UBC Vancouver and at UBC Okanagan. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Open UBC 2012 event schedule!

Koerner Library

UBC Library’s Autumn Update appears in the new issue of the BCLA Browser, the newsletter of the British Columbia Library Association.

Have a read to find out about the new UBC fundraising and alumni engagement campaign; copyright and UBC; the Smart Business, Small Business events; a Chinese Canadian Stories preview: the Open UBC series, held in conjunction with International Open Access Week; and an ARL Leadership Institute.

* This article originally appeared in the BCLA Browser, Vol. 3, No. 4.

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