OpenCon 2014: November 15-17, 2014

The Right to Research Coalition and SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) have just announced a new conference: OpenCon 2014.

From the Press Release:

“Slated for November 15-17 in Washington, DC, the event will bring together students and early career researchers from across the world to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information — from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital data.”

CFP: Interrogating Access Conference

The “Call for Papers” (CFP) for this interesting conference just came through on one of my listservs yesterday. It sounds like a unique event intended to bring together “a range of stakeholders in scholarship” to discuss the changing landscape of scholarly communication in Canada.

Text from the email:


Interrogating Access:  Current and Future Directions for Scholarly Research and Communications in Canada

Friday, February 14–Sunday, February 16, 2014
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

The scholarly enterprise is experiencing the impact of the digital revolution simultaneous with shifting paradigms of institutional, governmental and other supports to research brought on by a worldwide financial crisis and the current rise of neoliberalism. How are these forces affecting the scholarly ecosystem in Canada? What should those engaged in scholarship — researchers, librarians, post-secondary administrators, academic publishers, and funding agencies — anticipate for the future of scholarship in Canada? When access to resources, funding, employment, and dissemination are all in a state of flux, how should our scholarly support systems be restructured or re-visioned for the future?

Interrogating Access: Current and Future Directions for Scholarly Research and Communications in Canada is a conference designed to bring together a range of stakeholders in scholarship, particularly those working in the social sciences and humanities. Academic researchers and librarians, university and college administrators, scholarly editors and publishers, and representatives from funding agencies and scholarly associations are all invited to attend and participate to advance our mutual knowledge and understanding about current and future directions of the pursuit, support, and communication of Canadian scholarship.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association and author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (2011), will give the keynote address, providing context for the Canadian debate. Roundtables will focus on the issues of intellectual property, open access and the rise of digital initiatives in the humanities and social sciences.

We seek paper proposals from Canadian stakeholders in the scholarly enterprise on topics such as:

• the research enterprise and financial supports for the scholar (e.g. research and dissemination)
• the strengths and weaknesses of the Canadian research infrastructure (e.g. vetting and acquisition practices associated with libraries and archives; library collaborations and consortia; data collection, integrity and access provided by government, public and private entities; long- term preservation; independent versus partnered research)
• scholarly communications and academic capital (e.g. forms of measuring success and their strengths/limitations [metrics and altmetrics]; differentiated credit for outputs across fields; career advancement and scholarly outputs)
• scholarly publishing and dissemination (e.g. analysis of business models; external funding; paid and volunteer labour; acquisition, marketing, production, distribution, and discovery; contexts of publication [scholarly societies, scholar-led supported by libraries, or formal publishers]; consortia opportunities)
• peer review (e.g. established and alternative models [management and timing of the review process in the research lifecycle, blinded or open]; reliance on a gift economy of labour; credit for peer-reviewed vs. non-peer-reviewed publications)
• intellectual property (e.g. copyright and the researcher/creator, the publisher, the instructor, the librarian, the student; Access Copyright, commercial databases and alternative business models for providing access; data mining; open access)
• electronic publishing (e.g. relationship between print and electronic publishing models and reading practices; costs/challenges of conversion & archiving; licensing versus ownership; the ‘death’ of the monograph; publishing and academic status of electronic forms of scholarship such as blogs, websites, apps, etc.; the culture of free and open access and its effects on the dissemination of scholarship)
•new directions and initiatives

Please send proposals of 250-350 words, accompanied by a brief bio, by August 1, 2013 to:

Lisa Quinn, Wilfrid Laurier University Press (

This conference is co-sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University (with support of the Office of Research Services) and York University.

Organizers: Lisa Quinn, Acquisitions Editor, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Janet Friskney, Research Officer, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
Andrea Kosavic, Digital Initiatives Librarian, York University

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!

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!

5th Annual Open Access Week

Open Access Week 2011 runs Oct 24-30! See the website for lots of details.
For the third year running Natural Sciences Library has a display in the cabinet to celebrate OA Week… and this year staff will be wearing special t-shirts in support of Open Access on Tues Oct 25. Come by and check them out!
Some special online events:
Follow the links to register for these free webcasts.
New Directions in Scholarly Communication
When: Monday, October 24: 1pm-4pm EDT
The State of Open Access and the Student Role in Creating Change
When: Monday, October 24: 8pm EDT
Open Access and the Impact of Open on Research
When: Wednesday, October 26: 12pm EDT

New OA Meeting in 2012

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has just announced that it will host a new North American meeting on Open Access in March 2012. This will be an expansion of the already successful biennial SPARC meeting on digital repositories.
From the press release:
“There is a clear need for a regular, North American event where the community can get together and discuss all aspects of the burgeoning Open Access movement,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC.
The SPARC 2012 Open Access meeting will be held March 11-13 at the Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel. Further details will be available on the SPARC Web site this fall.

Berlin 9 Open Access Conference in Washington DC this Year

The Berlin Open Access Conference Series will be held in North America for the first time this year! The conference will take place in Washington DC November 9-10, 2011.
Some background from the conference website:
“In 2003, a landmark meeting organized by the Max Planck Society and the European Cultural Heritage Online project brought together international experts with the aim of developing a new web-based research environment using the Open Access paradigm as a mechanism for having scientific knowledge and cultural heritage accessible worldwide.
As a result of the meeting, leading international research, scientific, and cultural institutions issued and signed The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, a document that outlines concrete steps to promote the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge.”
“In order to support continued adoption of the principles outlined in the Berlin Declaration, as well to track progress on their implementation, the original signatories agreed to support regular follow-up meetings. As a result, Berlin Open Access conferences have been convened annually since 2004. The conference series now takes place in locations around the world; to date Germany, Switzerland, England, Italy, France, and – most recently – China – have hosted this prestigious gathering.”

Open Access Publishing Panel @ UofS

As part of the University Learning Centre’s Technology Week (Nov 1-5) there will be a panel discussing Open Access Publishing:
Tuesday November 2
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Neatby-Timlin Theatre (Arts 241)

Panelists include:
David Fox, B.A. M.L.S.
Head, Monographs Unit, UofS Library
link to ppt presentation

Jim Greer, Ph.D
Director University Learning Centre
Frank Klaassen, B.I.S. M.A. Ph.D
Associate Professor and Director of Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Roger A. Pierson, MS PhD FEAS FCAHS
Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Richard Schwier, Ed.D.
Professor, Educational Technology and Design, Department of Curriculum Studies

Open Access Week Resources

Free Animated Video – To celebrate International Open Access Week 2010, an event taking place from October 18 to October 24, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has partnered with the McGill University Library to produce an advocacy video on the issues of open access. To celebrate International Open Access Week 2010, an event taking place from October 18 to October 24, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has partnered with the McGill University Library and University of Toronto Libraries to produce an advocacy video and a webcast on the issues of open access and proposed copyright reform in Canada. The roughly one minute animated video explains the concept of open access to students and faculty in a simple and fun format. The video is available in both French and English, can be placed on websites, displayed on monitors in libraries during open access week, and is available for free and is licensed under a Creative Commons license. It can be viewed at
Monday, October 18th, 2010. 12:00 – 1:30pm EST – The OISE library at the University of Toronto is producing a webcast during open access week. It is free and accessible for everyone who would like to incorporate it into their open access week events. Canada’s granting agencies have undertaken varying strategies to address open access. Panelists from CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC will share their agencies’ approaches to open access. Agencies with an open access mandate will describe their process and address issues that they encountered along the way. Those without a mandate will share how their agency views open access and describe initiatives that have been undertaken to support open access.
Panel members are: Craig McNaughton, Director, Knowledge Mobilization and Program Integration, SSHRC; Andrea Smith, Manager, Partnerships for Health System Improvement and Evidence on Tap, CIHR; Monique Zaloum, Senior Policy Advisor, Policy and International Relations, NSERC
Moderated by Carole Moore, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries
Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 12:00 – 1:30pm Eastern Time – In association with University of Toronto Libraries, CARL is sponsoring a webcast with Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson, professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. The webcast – entitled, What Bill C-32 misses: Copyright in Academic Life – will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 12:00 – 1:30pm Eastern Time. The event is free, but restricted to a limited number of viewers. Registration will is available on a first come first serve basis. Please send registration requests to Diego Argáez at
Thursday October 21 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time – As part of its planned events to celebrate International Open Access Week 2010 (October 18 – 24) the Simon Fraser University Library, in association with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), is hosting a dialog and Q&A session with John Willinsky (Stanford University) and Andrew Feenberg (Simon Fraser University) on Thursday October 21 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time. This event will be webcasted live at
The theme of this event is A Critical Theory of Open in the Digital Era: Sous les pavés, la plage. Stepping for a moment beyond the open access question of the right to free online journal articles, Andrew Feenberg and John Willinsky will explore, in dialogue, issues surrounding the larger concept and spirit of open, as it tends to infuse seemingly utopian Internet developments, while drawing on their shared interest in the Critical Theory traditions of the last century.

Open Access Week 2010: Oct 18-24

Next week is the 4th annual international Open Access Week!
To kick the week off, the UofS Library will host a webcast viewing of a live panel discussion from the University of Toronto: Funding Agency Panel: Opening Up Access
“Canada’s granting agencies have undertaken varying strategies to address open access. Panelists from CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC will share their agencies’ approaches to open access. Agencies with an open access mandate will describe their process and address issues that they encountered along the way. Those without a mandate will share how their agency views open access and describe initiatives that have been undertaken to support open access.”
Date: Monday October 18
Time: 10am-11:30am
Place: Room G3 (ground floor of Murray Library)

All are welcome to attend!