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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Presentations from the Ottawa OA workshop

Two of the four presentations from Open Access: the New World of Research Communication (Ottawa, October 12, 2007) are now online:

  1. Michael Geist, Unlocking Access.  Abstract:   We hold the key to unlocking access! This dynamic presentation covers open access in the broader context of the potential of the internet. Reasons for providing open access include: it's required (for example, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research open access policy), it's easy, and there are many benefits. Discusses open licenses, open digitization methods, new means of delivering content, open content and collaborative content development. This presentation includes many examples of interesting open access projects, particularly within the Canadian context, such as the IDRC digital library, Alouette Canada, OA books such as In the Public Interest, the Public Knowledge Project and Open Medicine, YouTube and more.
  2. Kathleen Shearer, The What's, How's, and Why's of Open Access.  Abstract:   This presentation, designed for faculty members, presents an overview of why open access is necessary, and how to go about it. Provides samples of the high cost of journal prices and pay-per-view, definition of open access, and the two means of providing open access: OA publishing, and self-archiving. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) new author search is featured, as is the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Institutional Repository project.

Update. Slides of all four presentations, a webcast and a podcast are now online.