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Open Access Week Speaker Series, Oct. 18-22

Open Access Week 2010 Speaker Series at UC Davis

Open Access Week ( (October 18-22) is an international event promoting open access: the idea that scholarly research should be freely and openly available to all. For Open Access Week 2010, the UC Davis Libraries are sponsoring a speaker series featuring renowned experts in open access issues. Please join us for these free lectures about the future of scholarly communication.

Catherine Mitchell and Patricia Cruse (California Digital Library)
"CDL Scholarly Publishing and Data Curation Services: Tools to Help You Manage Your Research at UC Davis"
Monday, October 18, 10am-12pm
Location: Shields Library, 2nd floor Library Instruction Room
Looking to expand the visibility of your work? Interested in reaching new communities with your research? Wondering how you are going to meet NSF's new data management requirement? Come learn about exciting initiatives coming out of the California Digital Library that can help you achieve all these goals and more. Catherine Mitchell, Director of Publishing Services at the CDL, will discuss how UC's eScholarship publishing platform can help you take control of your publications by supporting the open access publishing and dissemination of your work, from pre-prints and working papers to journals, books and postprints. eScholarship is home to over 35,000 publications, including 35 peer-reviewed journals, from across the UC system. Patricia Cruse, Director of the UC Curation Center at the CDL will share information on the new Merritt and EZID services -- both services are designed to help you manage, share, preserve, and get credit for your research. In addition Ms. Cruse will share information on tools that will help you meet NSF's new data management requirements. See: ( and (
Dr. Jonathan Eisen (PLoS Biology, UCD Genomics)
"What is 'Open Access' Publishing in Scientific Research?"
Thursday, October 21, 10am-11am
Location: Shields Library, 1st floor Library Instruction Lab
Dr. Jonathan Eisen is a genomics researcher at UC Davis, focused on microorganisms. Dr. Eisen is also the Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology, one of the most pre-eminent open access journals. He will speak about PLoS and the importance of open access in scientific publication. See: (
Marta Brunner (Open Humanities Press, UCLA Libraries)
"The Open Humanities Press and the Development of New Publishing Opportunities in the Humanities"
Thursday, October 21, 1pm-3pm
Location: 126 Voorhies
Marta Brunner shares her experience on the Steering Group at the Open Humanities Press, (OHP) an international publishing collective in critical and cultural theory. This scholarly run collective publishes journals such as Film-Philosophy, the International Journal of Zizek Studies and Postcolonial Text, as well books in series edited by Ngugiwa Thiong'o, Wlad Godzich and Bruno Latour. Marta Brunner will discuss opportunities and challenges Open Access models bring to humanities scholars in the context of the broader crisis in humanities publishing. See: (
Marta L. Brunner is Head of Collections, Research, and Instructional Services at the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA. In addition to her work in Young Research Library, she sits on the UCLA Library Scholarly Communication Steering Committee and is a Library representative to the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education: Humanities, Arts and Architecture, Social and Information Sciences. Marta came to Young Research Library in 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources after obtaining her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program at UC Santa Cruz.
Lisa Green (Creative Commons)
"The Unreasonable Impact of Open Access"
Friday, October 22, 11am-12pm
Location: Kemper Hall 1065
Knowledge products have been generated as text for hundreds of years, and scientific and scholarly results have been locked into text-based technology since the mid 1660's. But journal articles are a compressed version of what happened in the research. The form and function of a journal article was settled long before we could effortlessly transmit data, or incrementally store and edit vast amounts of text, or store and forward research tools in repositories. There is no reason, other than technical lock-in by the printing press, why we should think of the article as a natural unit of knowledge transmission in science. Researchers and teachers make data, text, research tools, inventions, pictures, sounds, videos, and more. But almost none of them get measured other than the article. We now have the capacity to measure the quality of a scientist across multiple dimensions, not just the article – and open systems have proven to scale far better in these settings than closed ones. This talk will examine the increasing importance of disaggregated, multivariate knowledge in scholarly communications, the impact of open systems from networks to Open Access, and the impacts both good and bad of the coming shift away from the journal as the core form of knowledge transmission.
Lisa Green is chief of staff at Creative Commons and a manager on the Science Commons Project. Science Commons aims to lower the barriers to research and sharing data, and to develop tools to make open, web-based science easier. See: (

Published: October 6, 2010


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