Open Access Week at Columbia: October 20-26

Hey Columbia – it’s nearly time for Open Access Week!

Open access research is online, freely accessible, and has relatively few or no restrictions on reuse. Open Access Week (October 20-26), a global event now entering its 8th year, promotes open access as a new norm in research and scholarship. To celebrate, we’ve organized a week of events and resources to raise awareness about open access in the Columbia community. Here are the plans for the week:

Activities on Columbia’s College Walk

We at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship’s Scholarly Communication Program, along with our colleagues from the rest of Columbia Libraries/Information Services, will be out on Columbia’s College Walk every day during the week of October 20-26 from 10am-5pm, manning tables to engage the campus community with open access. We’ll be asking faculty, staff, and students to sign a petition in support of open access to research at their departments or schools, and will be asking them to deposit their work in Academic Commons.

10/23 Screening of Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

On Thursday, October 23, at 6pm in Barnard College’s Lehman Auditorium (202 Altschul), located in Altschul Hall, we are hosting a screening of Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. After the screening, we’ll have an in-person Q&A with the director, Brian Knappenberger. The event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Barnard Library and Academic Information Services, the Digital Humanities Center, the Digital Science Center, and the Digital Social Science Center. The event is listed on the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship’s Scholarly Communication Program website here. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Leyla Williams, Communications Coordinator at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, at lwilliams@columbia.edu.

Video: Open Access Movement

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship worked with Barnard Library and Academic Information Services to produce a short film about open access, which is now up on Youtube: Open Access Movement. Please view, distribute, re-use, and enjoy!