Open Access Week @ UT 2013

Dates and times for OA Week 2013 events:

  • Monday, October 21st, 4-6 pm: Wikipedia Editathon in the Perry Castañeda Library (PCL 1.124)
    • Celebrate Open Access Week by joining other students, faculty, staff, librarians, and community members interested in becoming Wikipedians and improving the open educational content of this online encyclopedia.  The first thirty minutes of the event will be a short introduction to the basics of editing followed by an editing session where you can contribute your expertise to Wikipedia and get one-on-one assistance from experienced editors.  Learn how to access the resources of the University of Texas Libraries, including the open access resources found in the UT Digital Repository, guided by the expertise of our librarians.  Free snacks will be available to fuel your contributions.
  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 12-1:30 pm: Open Access Panel Discussion in the Student Activity Center Legislative Assembly Room (SAC 2.302)
    • Join panel members in a question and answer session about Open Access issues. Likely discussion topics include the NIH requirement to post articles in PubMed Central, funding agency requirements to create and share data management plans, the recent White House memo on sharing research results, and the bipartisan bill FASTR (Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act). Panel members are: Maria Esteva, Texas Advanced Computing Center; Georgia Harper, UT Libraries; Tracie Harrison, College of Nursing; Colleen Lyon, UT Libraries; and Elena Mota, Office of Sponsored Projects. Pizza and drinks available while they last.
  • Wednesday, October 23rd, 12:30-1:30 pm: Open Educational Resources – Past, Present & Future? in the Student Activity Center (SAC 1.118)
    • Garin Fons, Project Manager for the Center of Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, discusses Open Educational Resources (OER), as part of the UT Libraries’ Open Access Week @ UT Austin. He will cover the inception and evolution of OER over the past ten years, and explore where the Open Education movement might be headed in the years to come. Pizza and drinks available while they last.
  • Thursday, October 24th, 6-9 pm: RiP: A Remix Manifesto movie screening in the Fine Arts Library
    • Explore copyright and open access issues at the screening of a film about music sampling. After the film there will be a discussion session to address how these issues affect education here at UT and our everyday lives. Pizza and drinks available while they last.
  • Friday, October 25th, 12-1 pm: Open Access Scholarly Publishing with Texas Digital Library in the Student Activity Center (SAC 1.118)
    • As part of UT Libraries’ Open Access Week @ UT Austin, Debra Hanken Kurtz, director of the Texas Digital Library (TDL), discusses the free scholarly publishing services available to UT faculty through the TDL. In addition to exploring the value of Open Access publishing generally as a means of increasing journals’ readership and their contributions to the public good, the talk will focus on Open Journal Systems, a journal management and publishing tool used by thousands of scholarly journals worldwide. This and other tools offered by the TDL provide the means of producing peer-reviewed online journals and conference proceedings and of indexing content with search engines so that it is easily discoverable online. Pizza and drinks available while they last.

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