Welcome to Open Access Week at K-State Libraries! We’re taking part in the 6th global celebration with a variety of activities this week, including a lecture on open data by the eminent scientist and journal editor, Dr. Phillip Bourne and a webinar on copyright and what it has to do with your publications and open access.
The idea behind open access is that that all research should be freely accessible online – removing barriers and restrictions that come with traditional subscriptions. As a public research university we recognize that broad access to and sharing of results is not only necessary to the research process but an essential component of our mission as a Land Grant institution. Those benefiting from open access to research include not just scholars, but anyone with an internet connection and the need to access research such as students, businesses, research funders, and the general public. Today nearly 8,000 journals (or about 10% of all journals) have adopted open access as a business model – and the number continues to grow.
Open access, open source, open education, open data, open textbooks – all of these movements share a commitment to remove restrictions to access and use of information. Sharing research, educational materials, data and scientific processes allows for the free flow of knowledge and the innovation that comes with the re-use of research.
We hope you’ll participate in the celebration by attending the planned events. But even if you’re not able to join us, we'll have a series of posts right here on Talking and a bunch of information and videos going out on our Twitter account (@kstatelibraries). Watch this space for posts with bright orange banners, or subscribe to the Open Access category with your feed reader. There is a lot to celebrate!-Jenny Oleen