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Presented at Open Access: Maximising Research Impact, April 23 2009, New Bulgarian University Library, Sofia.

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Open access projects and libraries

  1. 1. Open access projects and libraries Iryna Kuchma, eIFL Open Access program manager, Presented at Open Access: Maximising Research Impact, April 23 2009, New Bulgarian University Library, Sofia
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  3. 3. Transformational times <ul><li>“ On the other hand, </li></ul><ul><li>the economic situation could be favourable </li></ul><ul><li>to the further development of open access publishing in Canada.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Transformational times <ul><li>“ Open Access publication mandates </li></ul><ul><li>may well be adopted by the funding councils… </li></ul><ul><li>Data preservation will also likely be more widely mandated . </li></ul><ul><li>Systematic enforcement of the mandates will depend on the development of appropriate repositories, whether disciplinary or institutional .” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Open Access (OA) & libraries <ul><li>open access </li></ul><ul><li>has permanently changed </li></ul><ul><li>the field of scholarly communication </li></ul>
  6. 6. OA & libraries <ul><li>Open access </li></ul><ul><li>has changed </li></ul><ul><li>the profile of academic and research libraries </li></ul><ul><li>– more and more they have become partners </li></ul><ul><li>in research, </li></ul><ul><li>data-curation </li></ul><ul><li>and education, </li></ul><ul><li>ensuring the quality of digital resources is maintained, and openly sharing these resources with their users </li></ul>
  7. 7. OA & libraries <ul><li>Academic and research libraries </li></ul><ul><li>are setting up and maintaining </li></ul><ul><li>open access institutional or subject repositories, </li></ul><ul><li>becoming partners </li></ul><ul><li>in open access publishing, </li></ul><ul><li>and helping to create </li></ul><ul><li>open educational resources </li></ul>
  8. 8. OA & libraries <ul><li>Academic and research libraries </li></ul><ul><li>are also developing </li></ul><ul><li>advanced and enhanced metrics </li></ul><ul><li>– a new range of standardized indicators based on reader (rather than author-facing) metrics </li></ul><ul><li>and much more still remains to be explored </li></ul>
  9. 9. Open data <ul><li>Amount of scientific data </li></ul><ul><li>is growing every year </li></ul><ul><li>Access, use and curation </li></ul><ul><li>of large data sets </li></ul><ul><li>are becoming increasingly important. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring open access to the data </li></ul><ul><li>behind the research literature </li></ul><ul><li>will help to build a scholarly communication system that supports the needs of researchers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Open data <ul><li>As Open Data moves </li></ul><ul><li>to the forefront of scholarly communication, </li></ul><ul><li>librarians, administrators, and researchers </li></ul><ul><li>have to consider new access policies </li></ul><ul><li>for data and data curation issues </li></ul>
  11. 11. Open data <ul><li>Raising awareness and understanding </li></ul><ul><li>of data issues amongst researchers, </li></ul><ul><li>providing archiving </li></ul><ul><li>and preservation services for datasets, </li></ul><ul><li>and developing a new professional strand of practice – data librarianship are key challenges for the library and information science community </li></ul>
  12. 12. OER <ul><li>The Cape Town Open Education Declaration </li></ul><ul><li>defines open educational resources (OER) </li></ul><ul><li>as &quot;openly licensed course materials, lesson plans, textbooks, games, software and other materials that support teaching and learning.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>It goes on to state that these resources should be &quot;... licensed to facilitate use, revision, translation, improvement and sharing by anyone.&quot; </li></ul>
  13. 13. OER <ul><li>OER have the potential </li></ul><ul><li>to transform the way scholarship is conducted and they are a logical extension </li></ul><ul><li>of what the library community supports in the open access movement </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries have a role to play in the open education by encouraging the creation and use of open materials </li></ul>
  14. 14. Changing landscape <ul><li>In this changing environment </li></ul><ul><li>for scholarly communication </li></ul><ul><li>academic and research libraries </li></ul><ul><li>need to be </li></ul><ul><li>agile, </li></ul><ul><li>creative, </li></ul><ul><li>risk-taking </li></ul><ul><li>and innovative </li></ul><ul><li>in order to respond to the needs </li></ul><ul><li>of a new generation of faculty and students </li></ul>
  15. 15. Changing landscape <ul><li>Science is dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>and collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>and it is important </li></ul><ul><li>to sustain the communication processes, </li></ul><ul><li>rather than to simply archive research results </li></ul><ul><li>in the form of a single journal article </li></ul>
  16. 16. Changing landscape <ul><li>Librarians and information specialists </li></ul><ul><li>need to be involved in the early planning </li></ul><ul><li>and data-modelling phases </li></ul><ul><li>of research </li></ul><ul><li>in order to accelerate learning </li></ul><ul><li>and discovery, </li></ul><ul><li>and libraries will need </li></ul><ul><li>to become core collaborators on campus, </li></ul><ul><li>using technology </li></ul><ul><li>to advance scholarly communication </li></ul><ul><li>and enable a climate of openness </li></ul>
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  18. 19. Thank you ! Questions ? Iryna Kuchma iryna.kuchma[at]; www. eifl .net The presentation is licensed with Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License