Showcasing Open Scholarship at UBC

UBC is once again participating in the International Open Access Week event, where the worldwide research and academic community share and learn about open access and other open scholarship movements. The event runs from Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22.

The open access movement is based on the principle of providing free, unfettered access to information for all. UBC’s own event – Open Access Week @ UBC – showcases a week of topical discussion panels, lectures and workshops highlighting diverse areas of open scholarship from UBC’s researchers, faculty, students, staff and special guests. It ends with concluding remarks from Dr. David Farrar, UBC’s Provost and Vice President Academic.

Some of the many evocative talks include:

o        Sayeed Choudhury from Johns Hopkins University at the keynote event, where he will talk about The Case for Open Data and eScience – Establishing a University Data Management Program at Johns Hopkins;

o        Martha Rans, Creative Commons lawyer and Legal Director of the Artists Legal Outreach at the Alliance for Arts, who will describe What Bill C-32 Means to Educators;

o        Dr. Anita Palepu, who will talk about Choosing to be an Open Access Journal Publisher;

o        Dr. Heather Piwowar, who will describe her research on data-sharing and re-use behaviour in What it means to make raw research datasets open?;

o        Dr. John Willinsky, founder of the Public Knowledge Project, and graduate students Meike Wernicke and Reilly Yeo, who will talk about Scholarly Rights and Responsibilities in the Digital Age (Willinsky and Simon Fraser University also developed an open journal system that UBC Library uses to host select journals, such as BC Studies);

o        UBC students Goldis Chami and Gordana Panic, who will talk about their work igniting student support for open access at UBC;

o        Professor Michael Brauer, who will describe the development of his award-winning Cycling Route Planner, an openly available Web tool to support public health.

A growing schedule of events can be found here. Please check regularly for updates.

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

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