Open Access Week: Getting to Know OA

What is Open Access? The Berlin Declaration states:

Open access contributions must satisfy two conditions: The author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship ….

Essentially, knowing your rights as an author and deciding the way you will dispense your work (license) are the two main factors in determining the degree of open access. Understanding what is Open Access can be daunting. For a detailed explanation of what OA is, what it is not, and popular myths debunked, consult the guru of OA, Peter Suber:

Open Access Overview

http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm

A Field Guide to Misunderstandings About Open Access

http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/newsletter/04-02-09.htm

More information about OA can be found at the Open Access Directory which is maintained by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Simmons College. The Directory has a compendium of fact lists on a variety of topics related to OA.

Recent articles

Recent developments illustrate the shifting perspectives on OA. These articles published this week reflect this changing dynamic.

Oya Y. Rieger, Roger C. Schonfeld. Beyond Innovation: Emerging Meta-Frameworks for Maintaining an Open Scholarly Infrastructure. Ithaka. October 21, 2019.

Byron Russell. The Future of Open Access Business Models: APCs Are Not the Only Way. Scholarly Kitchen. October 23, 2019.

Ann Michael. Ask the Chefs: The Future of OA business models. October 24, 2019.

About Journals

Virginia research libraries endorse MIT framework for publisher contracts. Virginia Tech News. October 24, 2019.

Colleen Flaherty. Where research meets profits. Inside Higher Ed. October 23, 2019.

Ann Michael. Open Access business models. Scholarly Kitchen. October 24, 2019.

Eanna Kelly. Research organization releases publishing costs to highlight the challenge of going to full open access. Science Business. October 24, 2019.

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. September 5, 2018. Free documentary on the problem of paywalls for journals.

About Books

About Data

Briony Fane, Paul Ayris, Mark Hahnel, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Grace Baynes, and Emily Farrell. State of Open Data Report 2019. Digital Science. October 24, 2019.  A short video explains the report’s findings: https://www.digital-science.com/blog/news/the-state-of-open-data-2019/

SPARC Open Data Factsheet.

About Open Education Resources (OER)

Anita Walz,  Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech Libraries, has created an information handout Differentiating Between Open Access and Open Educational Resources.

 

 

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