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Open Access Week: “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”

Posted 10/16/2019


Open Access Week 2019


What is Open Access? 

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Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the Open Access movement is gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it. Open Access increases the advancement of human knowledge and ultimately improves lives by insuring the results of the research can be read and built on by anyone.

Why is Open Access Important? 

Open Access (OA) seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon in a free and open environment. Open Access encourages the unrestricted sharing of research with everyone. It increases global access to knowledge, facilitates collaboration, and increases the discoverability and browsability of research. The more people that can access and build upon the latest research the more valuable that research becomes and the more likely we are to benefit as a society. The researcher benefits by having more readers, more potential collaborators, more citations for their work, and ultimately more recognition

How Open Access Impacts YOU.

Open Access has an effect on students by allowing us to expand our thoughts and quench our curiosity about the world. Without Open Access students would be restricted to the information others think we should be exposed to, limiting our educational horizons. The Open Access initiative at UNI continues by incorporating Open Textbook Network. OTN allows professors to use textbooks that have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of universities and colleges to assess their quality. Open Textbook Network provides free downloads or low-cost printing to benefit students and faculty.  Rod Library has continued to support Open Access by promoting and maintaining UNI ScholarWorks. The purpose of UNI ScholarWorks is to showcase, in a highly visible and comprehensive manner, the knowledge, creativity, and innovative spirit of the university in a free and open environment. 


How Many?

4,700,000 February 2018 - PubMed Central deposited free full-text articles 

11,169 February 2018 - Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Peer-reviewed OA journals

3,500 February 2018 -  OpenDOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories) Number of Open Access (OA) repositories listed

Information is taken from the OA by the numbers site (Simmons University).


How can you get involved? 

In conjunction with Open Access Week, the following event is scheduled:


Teaching With Open Access Resources

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Panelists Lyn Countryman, teaching; Joel Haack, mathematics; Lisa Milsaps, geography; Felicia Thadison, chemistry, and biochemistry. Moderator: Ellen Neuhaus, library.

Location: RM: 301 Rod Library 

Contact Information

Jonathan Chenoweth

Email: cetl@uni.edu


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