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Why Open Access and What Is It?

Slides from a talk I gave for UTS Information & Knowledge Management students before Open Access Week in October 2015

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Why Open Access and What Is It?

  1. 1. WHY OPEN ACCESS & WHAT IS IT? @malbooth
  2. 2. open access week for collaboration 19 - 25 October, 2015 in discussion Peter Scott, Assistant DVC (Education) 22 October, 4.30pm | Events Space book launch Zoë Sadokierski & Cecilia Heffer 22 October, 5.30pm | Events Space film screening All week in the Events Space ACCESS OPEN A global movement to provide FREE online access to research $7MILLIONANNUAL COST FOR UTS LIBRARY TO PROVIDE STUDENTS & STAFF WITH ACCESS TO ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS $150K - $900KANNUAL COST FOR ACCESS TO DATABASES LIKE SCIENCE DIRECT, LEXISNEXIS, PROQUEST AND EBSCOHOST FREE OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL ARTICLES, BOOKS & OTHER RESEARCH MATERIALS ARE FREE TO ACCESS FOR ANYONE, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME $16,000HIGHEST ANNUAL COST FOR A SINGLE JOURNAL SUBSCRIPTION UTS CRICOS Provider Code: 00099F
  3. 3. The traditional model for academic publishing is both broken and unsustainable
  4. 4. | reform dumb laws | hacking for public good | pursuit of social justice | knowledge for all, not just the elite | Guerrilla OA Manifesto AARON SWARTZ, 1986-2013
  5. 5. | you should watch this documentary | it was crowdfunded
  6. 6. The traditional model for academic publishing is both broken and unsustainable | Colombian grad student | facing prison sentence for sharing a paper with peers on Scribd | for the crime of KNOWLEDGE SHARING
  7. 7. | left academia: “an industry designed on insularity” | only the elite retain access | has the pursuit of career goals & value for money meant forgetting the furthering of knowledge?
  8. 8. you should also watch this video
  9. 9. Green Open Access a version is available for free via an institutional repository | find via Google Scholar Gold Open Access published as OA | may have APCs, but 70% DOAJ journals levy no APCs | UTS ePress
  10. 10. & Open Access
  11. 11. So what can you do?
  12. 12. | take a postcard | come to an OA week event
  13. 13. install the OA button on your browser join R2RC (it is being updated) read Open Access by Peter Suber
  14. 14. some people to follow on the need for Copyright law reform (in Australia) @Aus_Digital @nicsuzor @DrRimmer