Open Access Week @ Iowa State University

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October 20 – 24 is International Open Access Week. As ISU’s Scholarly Communication Team, we are leading this year’s celebration on campus. Open Access Week provides a week-long opportunity to discuss the Open Access movement, to investigate ways to increase the public accessibility of research, and to advocate for innovative updates to systems of scholarly publishing. We hope through this year’s organized efforts, we can begin, and strengthen, these conversations on campus.

Events on campus: 

Open Access & the Land-grant Mission: Discussion Panel
Memorial Union Sun Room
Tuesday, October 21st 6:30pm

Join us for an evening discussing publically accessible Iowa State research. Hear from current and former ISU researchers, including faculty from School of Education, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis. This event is co-sponsored by the Vice President for Research. Open to all. Refreshments will be served.

Listen to Wikipedia 
Parks Library Room 192
Monday, October 20 // Wednesday, October 22  1:30-3:00pm
Tuesday, October 21 // Thursday, October 23 // Friday, October 24  11:30am-1:30pm

Wikipedia is perhaps one of the most famous open resources. Anyone can read the content on Wikipedia and anyone can contribute (with little limitations). Come and see AND HEAR, in real-time, how human knowledge is being captured in this open resource. Listen to Wikipedia is a project developed from Wikipedia’s own open data. You won’t want to miss this experience.

Stop by the library!
All Libraries, World-Wide

Long before the Open Access Movement had a name, libraries–especially public libraries–sought to make books, information, and knowledge accessible to ALL. This access was not dependent on wealth or status. It is with this spirit that libraries remain an important part of communities. While libraries and librarians occasionally face resistance, often tied up in licensing agreements with information vendors, accessibility remains the goal. Access to information is a right. Stop by any library this week. Stay informed.


Open Access & the Land-Grant Mission: Discussion Panel

One hundred and fifty years ago, Iowa State University was officially designated a land-grant college and operated on the belief that education should be accessible to all. Although a lot has changed in 150 years, including the way we teach and research, Iowa State remains committed to the ideals of the land-grant mission. To honor the continued commitment to educational and research accessibility, researchers from across campus will join members of the library to discuss a future in which we can truly, “share knowledge far beyond the campus borders.”

Open Access & the Land-Grant Mission

Memorial Union Sun Room
Tuesday, October 21st

Open Access Week 2014

October 20 – 26, 2014
Open Access Week is an international celebration to commit and learn about the benefits of Open Access (OA) scholarship.

“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.”

Andrea Higginbotham,