Open Access Week 2011

October 24-30, 2011

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. 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.

The Northeastern University Libraries are celebrating Open Access Week with a program of events for faculty, staff, and students at NU.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Curry Center Ballroom

Robert Darnton on the Digital Public Library of America
By invitation only. Robert Darnton, Director of the Harvard University Library and Professor of History, will speak on the importance of open access to information and his current project, the Digital Public Library of America.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
90 Snell Library

Berkman Center Webcast: "Doing Science in the Open"
Michael Nielsen, author and an advocate of open science, will discuss opportunities for collaboration in the sciences using online tools such as blogs and wikis. In particular, the Polymath Project illustrates the possibility that such tools can be used to transform the way we work together to make scientific discoveries. This event will be webcast from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Audience members will have the ability to participate in discussion via Twitter.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
421 Snell Library

Panel Discussion: "Wikipedia: Friend or Foe?"
A panel of faculty members including Jeff Howe (Journalism), Joseph Reagle (Communication), and Heidi Wilkes (CPS) will discuss Wikipedia and crowdsourcing as components of the research process.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
90 Snell Library

Meet the Author: Stephen Sadow
Professor Sadow (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) will discuss his efforts to expand access to Jewish Latin American poets through an open access collection of their poetry and an exhibition of artist's books containing artistic interpretations of fourteen poems.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
90 Snell Library

Flat World Knowledge Presentation on Open Textbooks
Michael Boezi from Flat World Knowledge, the world's largest publisher of free and open college textbooks, will discuss the economic, social, and technology drivers that are transforming education and propelling the growth of free, low-cost and open alternatives to expensive, traditional college textbooks.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
421 Snell Library

Got Data? A Focus Group for Grad Students
Grad students: Have some pizza with Jen Ferguson, our new Data Services Librarian – she wants to find out more about your data collection and storage practices. The topic of open access to data will also be discussed.

Refreshments will be served at all events.

Bonus: a snazzy Open Access t-shirt will be given away to one lucky attendee at each event! Choose from orange or blue!

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Selected Past Events

Open Access Day: October 14, 2008

On Tuesday, October 14, we celebrated the first international Open Access Day. "There's Something for Everyone at Northeastern" highlighted various ways that Northeastern is participating in open access endeavors.

View the main Powerpoint presentation (PDF format)

Speakers included:

The event was cosponsored by the Library's Scholarly Communication Committee and the Digital Media Design Studio.

Check out some of the videos created for international Open Access Day.

Spring 2008 Brown-Bag Series

Thursday, March 20, 12:00-1:00, 421 Snell Library
Robin Peek, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and Open Access advocate, spoke on the open access movement in scholarly publishing.

Friday, March 28, 12:00-1:00, 421 Snell Library
Stacey Dogan, NU School of Law Faculty, spoke on intellectual property rights and faculty authors.
View photos and video from this event

Tuesday, April 15, 12:00-1:00, 421 Snell Library
Stuart Shieber, Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University, spoke about the recent Open Access mandate adopted by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, which he sponsored.
View photos from this event

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