Webcast Invitation: Uncovering the Impact Story of Open Research

Please join us for a free webcast event Wed Oct 31, 12-1pm, in the Collaborative Learning Lab (1st Floor of Murray Library).
As part of UBC’s Open Access Week events, Heather Piwowar will give a talk entitled Uncovering the Impact Story of Open Research.
Piwowar is well-known and respected in the open science community for her studies regarding the accessibility and impact of research data. She is also a leader in the development of software that takes new approaches to measuring research impact (ie “altmetrics”).
Here is the abstract for the talk:
Research today is often evaluated by the journal impact factor of a published article. This has left little room for innovation: it is difficult for new journals to achieve a high impact factor, and non-traditional research products are often published outside of journals. It has also failed to recognize and reward broad impact and post-publication use. As scholarly publishing and interactions move online, scholarly and public impacts are becoming easier to follow and measure. Heather Piwowar will talk about tools that can track these impacts today, and discuss how these tools are empowering revolutions in open access publishing and open data repositories.

Happy Open Access Week 2012!

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Open access is defined as the dissemination of scientific and scholarly research literature online, free of charge, and free of unnecessary licensing restrictions.
Open access increases the visibility and accessibility of scholarly works – increasing their citations and impact!
Open access allows the public to read the results of research that they have funded!
Open access increases the speed and efficiency of scientific research!
Come by the Natural Sciences Library this week to see our display and enter the draw for a free t-shirt. Or visit the Open Access Guide to learn more about this important issue!

Open Textbooks in BC

The government of British Columbia announced this week that it will partner with faculty, institutions, and publishers to create free online, open textbooks for the 40 most popular post-secondary courses in the province.
An open textbook policy is in development and could be in use at B.C. institutions as early as 2013-14.
Congratulations to BC on this very progressive direction!
See the news release for more.