OASIS Open Access Source Book Now Online

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For immediate release
June 25, 2009

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Jennifer McLennan
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OASIS Open Access Source Book Now Online
Open Access Week partner a one-stop shop for Open Access education

Washington, DC – A new portal for educational materials on the “concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving Open Access,” the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS), is now online. Launched at the recent ELPUB meeting, the new Web resource was featured at an Open Access Week Web cast today.

OASIS aims to provide an authoritative ‘sourcebook’ on Open Access. The site highlights developments and initiatives from around the world, with links to diverse additional resources and case studies. Materials are presented according to specific focus areas, to reflect diverse interest in wider access to research. OASIS focus areas highlight Researchers, Librarians, Publishers, Administrators, the Public, and Students.

Administrators visiting the site are invited to explore the “Institutional Advantages of Open Access” and consider: Business Aspects of Institutional Open Access Repositories; Institutional Repositories for Research Management and Assessment; Developing an Institutional Open Access Policy; The Optimal Open Access Policy for Institutions; and more.

Topics for Researchers zero in on the “Benefits of Open Access for research dissemination,” and offer in-depth discussions on: Open Access-What is it and why should we have it?; Citation impact; Managing your research profile; Ways to provide Open Access to your work; Author's Rights and Author Addenda; and Publisher Permissions and Embargoes.

OASIS is a community-building as much as a resource-building exercise. Users are encouraged to share and download the resources provided, and to modify and customize them for local use.

The site is coordinated by Alma Swan, of Key Perspectives Ltd, UK and Leslie Chan, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada and overseen by a steering committee and advisory board of international Open Access experts and advocates.

“OASIS should help every kind of OA outreach and educational effort find the most effective material and avoid reinventing the wheel,” said Peter Suber, SPARC’s Senior Researcher, Editor of Open Access News and member of the OASIS Steering Committee. “Use it as is, improve it, help it grow, and spread the word.  Kudos to Alma and Leslie for bringing this useful idea from drawing board to launch.”

OASIS and the Open Access Directory are central components in the program for Open Access Week (October 19 to 23, 2009), which will feature educational tools that local hosts can use to design events that suit local audiences and time zones. Sample program tracks drawn from OASIS, which highlight “Author’s rights and author addenda - For researchers” and “Institutional Advantages from Open Access - For administrators,” have been released for participants to use to design or inspire their plans for the week. The organizers of Open Access Week invite feedback on the sample tracks as well as contributions to OASIS and the Open Access Directory. Additional sample tracks will be developed with advice from registered Open Access Week participants.

For a recording of today’s Web cast, more information about Open Access Week and to register your participation, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org
For more information about OASIS, visit http://www.openoasis.org
For more information about the Open Access Directory, visit http://oad.simmons.edu

About Open Access Week

Open Access Week, October 19 – 23, 2009, is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. 120 campuses in 27 countries celebrated Open Access Day in 2008. Open Access Week is being organized by SPARC, the Public Library of Science, Students for FreeCulture, eIFL, OASIS, and the Open Access Directory. Promotional partners include SPARC Europe, SPARC Japan, DOAJ, OASPA, BIREME, OSI, SURF, Open-access.net, and PKP. To register to participate in Open Access Week, or for more information, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org.

About SPARC

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.