Open Access Week

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The University Libraries at Virginia Tech began sponsoring events for the globally celebrated Open Access Week in 2012. Find information about open access and this year's schedule at the library's open access guide,


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  • Connecting the Opens: Open Access, Open Data, Open Educational Resources, Establishing Your Online Scholarly Presence
    McNabb, Kayla B.; Young, Philip; Petters, Jonathan L.; Walz, Anita R.; Surprenant, Aimée (Virginia Tech, 2023-10-23)
    The 2023 Open Access Forum features presentations on open access, open data, open educational resources, and establishing an online scholarly presence, followed by Q&A.
  • Open Access Forum 2022: Connecting the Opens
    Joseph, Heather; Potter, Peter; Young, Philip; Petters, Jonathan L.; McNabb, Kayla B.; Surprenant, Aimée; Walters, Tyler (Virginia Tech, 2022-10-24)
    The 2022 Open Access Forum features a presentation by Heather Joseph on the recent OSTP memo (aka Nelson memo) requiring immediate access to research funded by federal agencies, with a Q&A afterward.  Short introductions to open access, open data, and open educational resources follow. 
  • Open Access and Evidence Synthesis
    Comer, C. Cozette; Pannabecker, Virginia; DeBose, Kyrille; Brown, Anne M.; Stewart, Ryan D.; Patino, Sofia Rincon Gallardo (Virginia Tech, 2021-10-25)
    This session will begin with a discussion on how open access supports several aspects of the evidence synthesis process. We’ll explore the value of having open access sources to include in the synthesis itself and some challenges that must be overcome when searching and accessing sources that require institutional access or are fee-based. We will also address ways to utilize open access repositories (such as VTechWorks and Open Science Framework) to make your synthesis more transparent so that others can properly evaluate, replicate, or use your synthesis. Additionally, we will hear cases from folks who have used open access resources or repositories as a means to support their evidence synthesis projects. Panelists include: - Dr. Sofia Rincon Gallardo Patino, Regional consultant on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Pan American Health Organization - Dr. Anne Brown, Assistant Professor, Science Informatics Consultant at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech - Dr. Ryan Stewart, Associate Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Open Access Forum 2021: Virginia Tech's New Open Access Policy + Intros to Open Data and Open Educational Resources
    Young, Philip; Petters, Jonathan L.; McNabb, Kayla B.; Surprenant, Aimée; Suber, Peter; McGuire, Kevin J.; Sanchez, Thomas W.; Pannabecker, Virginia (Virginia Tech, 2021-10-25)
    This year's Open Access Forum features a presentation on Virginia Tech's new open access policy, with a Q&A afterward with OA expert Peter Suber and members of the working group.  Short introductions to open data and open educational resources follow. 
  • Open Access Week 2020 Keynote: Counting what counts in recruitment, promotion and tenure
    Gadd, Elizabeth; Ewing, E. Thomas; Finkielstein, Carla V.; Gill, Bikrum Singh; Johnson, Sylvester; Walters, Tyler (Virginia Tech. University Libraries, 2020-10-20)
    Open Access Week 2020 keynote speaker, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gadd, Research Policy Manager (Publications) at Loughborough University in the UK, gives a talk about how what we reward through recruitment, promotion and tenure processes is not always what we actually value about research activity. The talk explores how we can pursue value-led evaluations - and how we can persuade senior leaders of their benefits. The keynote talk is followed by a panel discussion with faculty members at Virginia Tech: Thomas Ewing (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and Professor of History), Carla Finkielstein (Associate Professor of Biological Sciences), Bikrum Gill (Assistant Professor of Political Science), and Sylvester Johnson (Professor and Director of the Center for Humanities. The panel is moderated by Tyler Walters (Dean, University Libraries). The slides from this presentation are in Loughborough University's repository under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
  • Open Access Forum 2020: Connecting the Opens: Open Access, Open Educational Resources, and Open Data
    Briganti, Jonathan; DePauw, Karen P.; McNabb, Kayla B.; Miles, Rachel A.; Mueller, Derek; Roy, Siddhartha; Sridhar, Venkataramana (Virginia Tech. University Libraries, 2020-10-19)
    Join faculty presenters from around the university, University Libraries faculty, and the Preparing the Future Professoriate graduate class in a robust discussion about nuances, similarities and differences in the "opens." This event begins with brief discussions of open access (OA), open educational resources (OER), and open data before situating this conversation within open access trends in the U.S., Europe, and at Virginia Tech. Presenters and panelists include Jonathan Briganti (University Libraries), Karen DePauw, (Graduate School), Kayla McNabb (University Libraries), Rachel Miles (University Libraries), Derek Mueller (English), Siddartha Roy (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Venkat "Sri" Sridhar (Biological Systems Engineering).
  • What's the Big Deal? Global Trends and Movements Shaping Higher Ed
    Butler, Brandon (Virginia Tech, 2019-10-23)
    For the last two decades, research institutions have been buying research the same way consumers have been buying television: in big bundles. And like big cable packages, these bundles have become bloated with content nobody wants, and their prices have exploded at rates only a monopolist could love. Come learn why the global research community is increasingly serious about cutting the cord, and how open access is both the foundation for this move, and the next step in the process. Welcome by Rachel Miles, Research Impact Librarian. Introduction by Tyler Walters, Dean of the University Libraries. About Brandon Butler: Brandon Butler is the first Director of Information Policy at the University of Virginia Library. He provides guidance and education to the Library and its user community on intellectual property and related issues, and advocates on the Library’s behalf at the federal, state, local, and campus level. Butler is the author or co-author of a range of articles, book chapters, guides, and presentations about copyright, with a focus on libraries and the fair use doctrine. Before coming to UVA, Brandon taught copyright and supervised student attorneys in the IP Law Clinic at American University, and advocated for research libraries around the country at the Association of Research Libraries. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008.
  • Open Access Week 2019 flier
    (Virginia Tech University Libraries, 2019-10)
    A flier announcing the Open Access Week 2019 events sponsored by the University Libraries, including a panel discussion and a keynote presentation by Brandon Butler with the University of Virginia Library.
  • Open Access Forum 2018
    Potter, Peter J.; Walz, Anita R.; DePauw, Karen P.; Paretti, Marie C.; Maczka, Darren; Drozdova, Katya; Mueller, Derek (Virginia Tech. University Libraries, 2018-10-22)
    The Open Access Week kickoff event will feature a brief introduction to open access by Peter Potter and an introduction to open education by Anita Walz, followed by a discussion with panelists Katya Drozdova, Karen DePauw, Marie Paretti, Darren Maczka, and Derek Mueller. [Note: there are audio problems for the first 1:30 of the video.]
  • Destination Areas Global Speaker Series, October 26-27, 2017
    (Virginia Tech, 2017-10)
    A flier for the 2017 Destination Areas Global Speaker Series, featuring guest speaker Lorena Barba.
  • Open Access Forum 2017
    DePauw, Karen P.; Hole, Brian; Johnson, Sylvester; Paretti, Marie C.; Potter, Peter J.; Young, Philip (Virginia Tech. University Libraries, 2017-12-05)
    The Open Access Week kickoff event will feature a brief introduction to open access and its benefits and controversies by Peter Potter and Philip Young, followed by a discussion with diverse panelists and the audience. The panelists include Karen DePauw (Dean, Graduate School), Brian Hole (Ubiquity Press), Sylvester Johnson (Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities), and Marie Paretti (Professor, Dept. of Engineering Education).
  • What Savvy Open Scholars Know and Do
    Barba, Lorena (Virginia Tech. University Libraries, 2017-12-05)
    An open scholar’s work can be accessed and read earlier, and by more people. It can be quickly cited and built upon, and is more likely to have impact. Open access doesn’t require paying hefty author fees: savvy scholars use preprint servers, institutional repositories, and archival data repositories to make their work visible and public. ArXiv, born in 1991, is integral to the physical-sciences publishing tradition. In other fields, green open access with preprint servers is just taking off: bioRxiv, SocArxiv, EngrXiv, ChemRxiv, and others, are gaining acceptance. A large majority of journals now accept submissions previously deposited in preprint servers. Scholars who update their preprints post-peer review ensure their corrected articles are accessible. Archiving data and figures on data repositories to get digital object identifiers and an open license, then citing them in the manuscript, simplifies future reuse of the figures. Savvy open scholars are working to slash the hurdles for researchers to receive academic credit for all their output, including software and data. New-wave journals led by open scholars carry out double-open peer review, in public. Open scholars know about implicit bias in the review process, and seek to protect early career researchers and minority groups. They also scoff at metrics like the journal impact factor used to evaluate researchers, and work in their communities to change flawed promotion processes. The more savvy scholars invest in teaching their students about all this, planting the seeds of infrastructural change towards open science. [NOTE: The audio for this recording is poor, and captions may be inaccurate.]
  • For the Public Good: Research Impact and the Promise of Open Access
    DePauw, Karen P.; Seyam, Mohammed; Roy, Siddhartha; Abbas, Montasir M.; Hole, Brian; Potter, Peter J. (Virginia Tech. University Libraries, 2016-10-24)
    As a land-grant institution, Virginia Tech is committed to research that meaningfully engages with the vital concerns of our day such as feeding, building, and empowering a healthy world. How does Virginia Tech’s commitment to engagement fit with the Open Access vision for unrestricted online access to scholarly research? Have OA journals, public repositories, and federal mandates simply made a researcher’s life more complicated or could OA be the key to unlocking research impact on a global scale? And what are the implications for tenure and promotion? Join us for a public forum devoted to these questions and more on Monday, October 24, at 6:30 pm in Torgersen 1100. We expect a lively discussion featuring panelists from the Virginia Tech community and ample opportunity for audience Q&A. Montasir (“Monty”) Abbas is Associate Professor in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he also serves as Coordinator of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Systems Engineering Program. His interests are in real-time traffic control, traffic flow theory, driver behavior, ITS, transportation modeling and safety, artificial intelligence and systems optimization. Abbas currently serves as President of VT’s Faculty Senate. Karen DePauw is Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education at Virginia Tech. An internationally recognized scholar in the fields of adapted physical activity, disability sport and disability studies, she holds academic appointments in the Departments of Sociology and Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise. As an academic administrator, she has held key leadership roles in graduate education including serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools (2010) and Chair of the GRE Board (2013-2014). Brian Hole is founder and CEO of Ubiquity Press, a researcher-focused publishing company that specializes in open access academic journals and open data. Prior to that, he managed the British Library’s LIFE3 project on costing digital preservation, and the DryadUK project, which developed a sustainable framework for integrating Open Data archiving into scientific publisher work flows. When not engaged in his publishing work, Hole is working on a part-time PhD at University College London, focusing on public archaeology in India, specifically at issues of community engagement and utilization of cultural heritage. Peter Potter is Director, Publishing Strategy, at Virginia Tech. In this role he is charged with assessing the research and scholarly environments at VT in order to guide the University Libraries’ long-term planning in the area of publishing services. A historian by training (B.A. Virginia Tech; M.A. University of Virginia), Potter has devoting his professional career to scholarly publishing, most recently serving as editor in chief at Cornell University Press. Siddhartha Roy is doctoral student and graduate researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He works with Dr. Marc Edwards researching failure mechanisms in potable water infrastructure and is a member of the Virginia Tech Research Team that has been working to resolve the water quality issues in Flint, Michigan. Mohammed Seyam is a doctoral student in Computer Science at Virginia Tech. He earned an undergraduate degree in information systems from Mansoura University and a master’s degree in information systems from Cairo University, both in Egypt. Among his many activities on campus he served as the graduate student representative on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the 2015-16 academic year. A vocal advocate of OA, he traveled to Washington to take part in OpenCon 2014, a conference for researchers on open access, open data, and open educational resources."
  • Open Access: Faculty and graduate student panel discussion
    Haas, Carola A.; King, Scott D.; Burke, Alison K.; Engel, Sascha; Obilade, Titilola; Ernst, Jeremy V. (Virginia Tech. University Libraries, 2015-10-19)
    The Open Access Week panel discussion includes Virginia Tech graduate students, faculty, and alumni who have been involved in open access publishing from the author and editor perspectives. Each will relate their experience with open access, followed by a discussion, including questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served. Panelists include: - Carola Haas (faculty, Fish and Wildlife Conservation) - Scott King (faculty, Geophysics) - Alison Burke (PhD candidate, Biomedical Sciences) - Sascha Engel (PhD candidate, ASPECT) - Titilola Obilade (former adjunct faculty, School of Education) - Jeremy Ernst (faculty, Integrative STEM Education)
  • 2015 Open Access Week Keynote Address: Victoria Stodden
    Stodden, Victoria (Virginia Tech. University Libraries, 2015-11-03)
    Victoria Stodden gave the keynote address for Open Access Week 2015. "Scholarly communication in the era of big data and big computation" was sponsored by the University Libraries, Computational Modeling and Data Analytics, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Statistics, the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA), and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. Victoria Stodden is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed both her PhD in statistics and her law degree at Stanford University. Her research centers on the multifaceted problem of enabling reproducibility in computational science. This includes studying adequacy and robustness in replicated results, designing and implementing validation systems, developing standards of openness for data and code sharing, and resolving legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research.
  • Open Archives Initiative
    McMillan, Gail (2000-06-01)
    This presentation, which was given at the annual meeting of the Society of Scholarly Publishing on June 1, 2000, describes the Open Archives Initiative (OAI), a protocol for exchanging content between digital repositories. The presentation outlines OAI's history, core components, key stakeholders, and ongoing developments.
  • 2014 OA Week Panel
    Rivers, Caitlin; Matheis, Christian; Lazar, Iuliana M.; Sutherland, Michelle; Tideman, Nicolaus; Wynne, Randolph H. (2014-10-31)
  • Center for Open Science; Reproducible Research Lecture/Workshop
    Soderberg, Courtney (2014-10-31)
    Courtney Soderberg, from the Center for Open Science, gives a lecture/workshop reproducible research.
  • Optimize Access to Your Published Research: Author Rights for Life & Health Sciences
    Pannabecker, Virginia (2014-10-27)
    As VT Life Sciences & Health Sciences faculty, researchers, and graduate students, your work is geared towards addressing questions, problems, and discoveries that are important to Virginia communities, and to our global society. Join your colleagues and Ginny Pannabecker, Life Science and Scholarly Communication Librarian, for a discussion of author rights in Life Sciences & Health Sciences. Share your journal selection and publishing experiences. Find out about options to keep the copyrights you need to use your published works in teaching, to make your published works freely available for public interest research, and to provide long-term access to supplementary data sets - in Virginia and beyond.
  • Receive $1500 for Publishing Your Next Article: VT’s OPEN ACCESS SUBVENTION FUND
    McMillan, Gail (2014-10-24)
    This Networked Learning Initiatives (NLI) hosted session on Oct. 22, 2014, was presented during Open Access Week to draw the Virginia Tech community’s attention to library initiatives that promote the need to change the traditional cycle of faculty labor funding publishers’ profits. The NLI abstract said: If you're writing an article for a scholarly peer-reviewed journal, the university will give you $1500 to publish it in an open access journal. In this session we will go over the Open Access Subvention Fund award criteria. Participants can do a practice or a real fund request with the fund manager at hand. At the conclusion of the session you will be in a good position to have your next article funded, which you can link to your CV, FAR, and/or P&T dossier.