Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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.

Monday, October 21, 4-6pm in PCL 1.124

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 while they last will be available to fuel your contributions. Everyone is welcome and no previous web development or Wikipedia editing experience is required to participate. Current UT students, faculty and staff need an EID to log on to computers for hands-on access. The general public is welcome to attend without hands-on access.

We hope to update the OA Week blog with examples of what was edited during the session, so stay tuned for another Edit-a-thon post after the event.

We hope to see you there!

Update on Google Books Case

Judge Denny Chin heard oral arguments yesterday in the long running case regarding the lawsuit over Google’s library book scanning project. Comments from Judge Chin during oral arguments seem to indicate he will be inclined to rule that Google’s digitization project including Google Books search engine fall within fair use.

Reuters article:

Publishers Weekly article:

OA Week 2013 Events

Dates and times have been finalized for UT Libraries’ OA Week 2013 events.

  • Monday, October 21st, 4-6 pm: Wikipedia Editathon in the Perry Castañeda Library (PCL 1.124)
  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 12-1:30 pm: Open Access Panel Discussion in the Student Activity Center Legislative Assembly Room (SAC 2.302)
  • Wednesday, October 23rd, 12:30-1:30 pm: Open Educational Resources – Past, Present & Future? in the Student Activity Center (SAC 1.118)
  • Thursday, October 24th, 6-9 pm: RiP: A Remix Manifesto movie screening in the Fine Arts Library
  • Friday, October 25th, 12-1 pm: Open Access Scholarly Publishing with Texas Digital Library in the Student Activity Center (SAC 1.118)

Stay tuned for more information about each event.


Half of 2011 papers free to read

The European Commission recently released a report that finds that half of all articles published in 2011 are now freely available to read. The rise of open access journals, delayed free access in traditional journals (typically a 12 month embargo), and author-archived copies are all believed to contribute to the increased availability of articles.

Nature news article about this report:

Link to PDF of report: