During the week of October 22 - 26, 2012, Northeastern University Libraries will host a series of events to celebrate open access – the support of free, immediate, online access to scholarly research.
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the benefits of open access. The events will cover a range of topics including the use of open data by the World Bank, help with making your own research open access, an opportunity to meet with representatives from open journals, and a breakfast and presentation by Harvard scholar David Weinberger.
The University Libraries have supported open access in the Northeastern community since 2006 in the form of the University’s digital archive, IRis. The goal of IRis is to collect, manage, preserve and share the intellectual output and historical record of Northeastern University. IRis provides open access to NU researchers who want to promote and preserve their materials, to NU students who require digital storage and promotion of their dissertations and theses, to NU administrators who need to save important university records, and to anyone who is seeking information on the intellectual productivity of the Northeastern community.
Since its start, IRis has expanded to hold 1,144 faculty publications and 839 dissertations and master’s theses. And since January 1, 2010, there have been over 573,225 downloads of full-text items from IRis, which include scholarly content as well as university archival content. Building upon the success of IRis, the Libraries will soon offer a robust digital repository and preservation service to the campus for digital collections, images, media and data, as well as accompanying metadata and consulting help.
The World Bank was recently named a SPARC Innovator for its implementation of a new open access policy, which included the launch of the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR). The World Bank opened its data to the public in 2010.
How do you make your own work open access (OA)? The question comes up from researchers at schools with good OA policies (like Harvard and MIT) and at schools with no OA policies at all. We invite you to join Peter Suber and Stuart Shieber of the Harvard Open Access Project, the Berkman Center community, and Office for Scholarly Communication in an open forum on the Harvard OA policies, concrete steps for making your work OA, and questions on any aspect of OA, especially from the perspective of publishing researchers.
Meet with representatives from several prominent Open Access publishers to hear how high-quality OA journals can expand access to information and extend the impact of your research.
David Weinberger is an American technologist, professional speaker, commentator, and a senior researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. At the Berkman Center, Weinberger writes about networking knowledge and the effect of technology on ideas, business and society.
For more information about these events, please contact Thomas Urell at t [dot] urell [at] neu [dot] edu or (617) 373 - 2821.