Administrative Director, Sherman Centre
Associate University Librarian
Making journal articles accessible to all, for free.
Publishing datasets used in research or gathered by governments, corporations, and other entities.
Open Peer Review
Transparent review of research publications.
Software code available for inspection and modification, subject to licence terms.
Open Educational Resources
Free textbooks and other learning objects.
All of the above, plus anything else that fits the agenda.
Green, gold, and platinum. Huh?
Open Access, succinctly defined
Making scholarly articles freely available to all readers. No (or few) use restrictions.
What Open Access is, or isn’t
How is OA funded?
The Farbenlehre of Open Access
Article published commercially
Deposited by author in an open repository
Published in open access journal that charges an APC
Published in open access journal sans APC
The market is inelastic & harsh
Numbers compiled by University of Pittsburgh Library System, based on published data sources.
... isn’t free, and other banalities.
Open source software is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone.
Kin, but not the same thing
Many license options
Read the fine print; pick one that meets your objectives.
Peering behind the curtain.
Two major data sources targeted
Legitimate research data concerns
Benefits of open data
Who really likes paying for textbooks?
Occupying the middle ground, maybe
Open Peer Review
Or, one of these things is not like the others.
Common to all: dissatisfaction with or distrust of blind peer review
f) All of the above.
Golbez, Wikimedia Commons
Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications
As publicly funded organizations, the Agencies have a fundamental interest in promoting the availability of findings that result from the research they fund, including research publications and data, to the widest possible audience, and at the earliest possible opportunity.
Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management
In promoting access to research results, [the agencies] aspire to advance knowledge, avoid research duplication and encourage reuse, maximize research benefits to Canadians and showcase the accomplishments of Canadian researchers.
Are they mandating sharing?
Yes and no:
“Research data resulting from agency funding should normally be preserved in a publicly accessible, secure and curated repository or other platform for discovery and reuse by others.”
This all makes sense ...
... but sounds painful.
So what does it mean for me?
And who can help?
Glad you asked.
Open Access assistance
More busy work ...
... for us!
But the policy says we should self-archive.
Research Data Management
This may sound crass ...
... I need credit for my work.
How do I benefit?
No more paywalls, which means ...
... a citation advantage
But wait, there’s more!
Means never having to pay an APC to a hybrid journal.
Service vs. Research
General bias: everything that does not contribute to getting a publication out the door is counterproductive, a waste of time, an irritant.
Examples: self-archiving, data curation, peer review
Data Management Planning
Good plans mean less guesswork and end-of-project manic activity to pull things together.
The tri-agencies are going to require them anyway, so why not benefit?
I’ll get right on that ...
... after my work is done.
Peer review is just an obligation.
Problem: it’s invisible
Perhaps not much longer.