(Closed) Webcast invitation - Administrators and Open Access to research: The view from today (a SPARC pre-OA Week event)

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Administrators and Open Access to research: The view from today
A SPARC pre-Open Access Week event
Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 11:00AM – 12:00PM Eastern
(4:00PM – 5:00PM BST | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CET)

Participation is free. Please register no later than 12PM Eastern Monday, October 12th.

In the past few years, the concern for access to research has gained much-needed attention at the highest levels of higher education administration. In increasing numbers, administrators are going on record in support of wider access to research and policies that ensure public access to especially publicly funded research. A growing number of campuses – public and private – are also adopting open-access policies for individual schools if not for whole institutions. There are now no fewer than 41 institutional mandatory open-access policies worldwide, with the most recent being adopted at University College London.

Open-access (OA) funds are also in place at many institutions. While not as numerous as OA policies, OA funds signal that support for an alternative approach to research access – one that ensures unrestricted online access to research outputs – exists at the highest echelons of higher education administration.

Working with administrators will be a key focus on many campuses during Open Access Week 2009.

On October 13th, pioneers in engaging administrators on the topic of research access – and facilitating action – will join us to share their experiences in securing support for Open Access at their institutions.

Professor Bernard Rentier, Rector of the University of Liege and Chairman of Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS), will present an account of his own policy in Liege, the supporting structure in the form of the University’s repository, ORBi, and the rise and fall of his OA publishing fund.
Dr. Paul Ayris, Library Director at University College London, member of the Board of SPARC Europe and Chair of the LIBER Access Division, will discuss the challenges, successes, and key influencers he encountered while pursuing the successful enactment of the recent mandate on that campus.
Dr. Alma Swan of Key Perspectives Ltd and OASIS (the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook) will introduce briefing papers, guides, links, and other resources available to support advocates on campus in gaining administrative attention.

Please join us. This one-hour event will be held:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 11:00AM – 12:00PM Eastern
(4:00PM – 5:00PM BST | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CET)
Participation is free. Please register no later than 12PM Eastern Monday, October 12th at.

This Webcast is held in anticipation of Open Access Week 2009, the now-annual event created to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research within the international higher education community and the general public. For more information or to participate, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org.