Open Access Week 2011
I was torn between blogging about this here or on my research blog, but I figured it would get much more exposure here. As an academic who blogs (and who often gets mistaken as ‘just a blogger’), enabling broad, wide access to my scholarship has been a tenet of my teaching and research strategies. I actively use social media (blogs, Twitter, Facebook) as tools to widely disseminate my research findings and strengthen my teaching. I publish an academic-focused research blog, I write blog posts for my courses at UBC.
I also design my courses in such a way that accessing readings is both free and easy as often as possible (e.g. I actively seek open-access journals/books). Furthermore, I actively participate on the editorial board of an Open Access journal (Urbana: Urban Affairs and Public Policy) and I do peer-reviews for open-access journals. I strongly believe that while copyright was designed to protect the misappropriation of intellectual property and (in the case of the arts) ensure that artists are paid fairly for their art, it’s been misused to make people believe that open access is bad.
More on Open Access Week:
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.
“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.
I know that by writing this blog post, it is likely that I will get into a series of discussions and diatribes on who would pay for open access resources, but ultimately, I am an academic who believes that his research should be widely disseminated (I’m not the only one who believes that – if you read the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canad Knowledge Mobilization Strategy, you’ll know that SSHRC actively promotes Open Access).
Open Access Week is organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with the generous support of our 2011 sponsors: the Public Library of Science, @mire, and Springer Open. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a library membership organization that promotes expanded sharing of scholarship. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of outputs of the research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. SPARC is supported by a membership of over 800 academic and research libraries worldwide. SPARC
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