OA Week 2013 wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who showed up for OA Week 2013 events! We had great discussions about OA issues and hope we sparked some long term interest in OA. A big thanks to everyone who helped make our first OA Week a success. In addition to everyone on the planning group, the following people were instrumental in making our OA events possible:

  • Greg Aker
  • Geoff Bahre
  • David Carlson
  • Maria Esteva
  • Garin Fons
  • Debra Hanken-Kurtz
  • Tracie Harrison
  • Fred Heath
  • Jon Lebkowsky
  • Frank Meaker
  • Elena Mota
  • Elise Nacca
  • Stephanie Phillips
  • Jason Sick
  • Travis Willmann
  • Krystal Wyatt-Baxter
  • Staff at Fine Arts Library
  • Staff at COERLL
  • All the cleaning crews at PCL, SAC, and Fine Arts Library

We’d also like to thank The Daily Texan reporters and photographers who did such a great job covering the events: Riley Banks, Lizzie Jespersen, Debbie Garcia, Leslie Zhang and Helen Fernandez.

If you’d like to explore additional information about Open Access, you can start with the following list of resources:

OA Week 2013 in review

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.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto additional resources

The documentary being screened at today’s OA Week 2013 event is RiP: A Remix Manifesto. The idea of remix culture is quite fascinating and always brings up many questions. The resources provided below are meant to provide people with additional avenues of exploration into this topic.






OA podcast from Georgia Tech

Three librarians from Georgia Tech have put together a podcast called Information Now: Open Access and the Public Good. The librarians are Lizzy Rolando, Wendy Hagenmaier, and Fred Rascoe. They talk with Dan Cohen (DPLA), Peter Suber (Harvard University), Christine George (Faculty Services Librarian at SUNY Buffalo), Kari Watkins (Asst. Professor, Georgia Tech), and Michael Chang (Deputy Director of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at Georgia Tech) about their experiences with open information and open access in practice. A great listen for OA Week!


Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon recap

Our first OA Week 2013 event happened yesterday afternoon. The Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was an opportunity for participants to learn how to easily become Wikipedia editors. Meghan Sitar, Elisa Nacca, and Krystal Wyatt-Baxter all presented on different aspects of the Wikipedia community. The three instruction librarians also created a helpful course guide that participants, and those who couldn’t attend, can use to get started with Wikipedia editing.

Daily Texan reporter, Leslie Zhang, also wrote up a nice piece about the event:

Join us today at noon for the Open Access & the University panel discussion.

OA Week 2013 planning group

Here is the list of the wonderful folks who volunteered to plan this year’s Open Access Week events.

  • Emilie Algenio
  • Roxanne Bogucka
  • Carolyn Cunningham
  • Jee Davis
  • Georgia Harper
  • Jennifer Hecker
  • Colleen Lyon
  • Susan Macicak
  • Kristi Park
  • Robyn Rosenberg
  • Meghan Sitar
  • Ryan Steans

If you have questions about any of the OA Week events, please feel free to ask one of the group members!

What is Open Access?

Many people have questions about open access and all of the jargon people use when talking about it. We’ve provided the glossary below to help explain common terms associated with open access.

Article processing charge (APC): The fee paid to a publisher to make the article freely accessible from the time of publication. This may apply to journals which are 100% open access or to journals that allow authors to pay a fee to make their article open access even though the rest of that journal’s articles are toll-access. Not all journals have APCs; according to the Directory of Open Access Journals, it’s less than half.

Creative Commons: A nonprofit organization dedicated to making it easier for creators to share their work and to build upon the work of others. They offer a range of free copyright licenses which can be added to a creative or scholarly work to inform others of allowed uses for that work. The CC-BY license is a Creative Commons license. This license states that you can share, copy, distribute, transmit, and remix a work (including for commercial purposes) as long as you attribute the work to its original creator. Other license options are available at http://creativecommons.org/

Embargo period: Some publishers only permit Green OA after a specified embargo period, typically 6-12 months. Other publishers will allow the version of record (publisher PDF) to be made freely available, either by the author or on the publisher platform, after an embargo period.

Gold OA: Making an article immediately open access through a publisher platform. To cover costs of publication, publishers sometimes charge a fee, called the Article Processing Charge. The version made openly available is the version of record, also called the publisher’s final formatted version (the PDF).

Green OA: Also called self-archiving, Green OA involves archiving a paper in an institutional repository like UT Digital Repository, or a funder-designated repository like PubMed Central. Archiving may be done by the author, the publisher, or another entity such as the university library. Generally the version of the paper being archived is the author’s final version after peer-review, also called the post-print.

Hybrid journals: Journals which are primarily toll-access, but which allow authors to pay a fee to make their article freely accessible from the time of publication.

Institutional repositories: An online database that archives, in digital format, the scholarly output of an institution and makes that output freely available. Authors who choose to make their work accessible via the Green OA route may use institutional repositories to post their work online. This is generally a free service to users and many times uploading assistance is available. UT Digital Repository: http://repositories.lib.utexas.edu

Open access (OA): Providing unrestricted, free, online access to peer reviewed and published scholarly research papers.

Open access policy: A policy stating that all published works from an entity (sometimes a funding agency like NIH and sometimes a university or sub-unit of a university) are to be made freely accessible online. Generally the works are intended to be open access from the time of publication, but embargo periods are sometimes included as part of the policy. A waiver to opt out of the requirement is occasionally an option.

Post-print: The version of an article after edits from peer review but before final publisher copyediting and conversion to PDF. Sometimes referred to as the final accepted version or the author’s manuscript.

Pre-print: The version of an article before it undergoes peer review. Sometimes referred to as the submitted version. One popular pre-print repository is http://arXiv.org.

Sherpa/Romeo: A searchable database of publisher copyright policies and policies on self-archiving. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/

Toll-access: The traditional model of journal publishing. The cost of publishing is free to the author, and instead the subscribers pay a fee. For academic journals, the subscriber is quite frequently the university library.

This glossary was based on definitions from Open Access Oxford, University of Illinois, and SPARC.

OA Scholarly Publishing with the Texas Digital Library

Learn about the scholarly publishing opportunities available to faculty members through the Texas Digital Library (TDL), a consortium of academic libraries that provides technology services in support of research, scholarship, and learning.

Friday, October 25th, Noon – 1:00pm in the Student Activity Center (SAC) Room 1.118

Representatives from the TDL will discuss the Open Access (OA) scholarly publishing services provided free-of-charge to UT Austin faculty through the Libraries’ membership in TDL.

This talk will focus on tools offered directly to faculty researchers and scholars, including the academic journal publishing software Open Journal Systems (OJS). OJS provides a website for OA journal publishing, tools for managing the peer review and editing workflows, and support for indexing journal content with Google Scholar, CrossRef, and others.

Presenters are: Debra Hanken Kurtz (Executive Director of the Texas Digital Library) and Kristi Park (Program Coordinator for the Texas Digital Library)

Food and refreshments will be provided (while they last) to attendees. We hope to see you there!