October 17, 2008

U-MN professor wins Open Access blogging competition

Greg Laden, adviser with the Program for Individualized Learning, is one of the winners of the SPARC Open Access Day's Synchroblogging competition. The contest called for all entrants to post a blog on October 14th, 2008 (OA Day) on "Why does Open Access matter to you?"

The site below gives Greg's poem and rationale. Take a look!


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October 10, 2008

Tuesday Oct. 14 is Open Access Day

Open Access is a growing international movement that encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society. Open-access journals and archives make research freely accessible online, without the traditional expensive subscription barriers that limit the reach of research.

The goal of Open Access Day is to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access within the international higher education community and the general public. The founding partners are SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science.

At the Libraries' Open Access Day site, you can find out:

* How many University of Minnesota researchers have published their research in open-access journals since 2003.
* The discount U researchers can get when publishing in open-access journals from Public Library of Science (PLoS), BioMed Central, and Nucleic Acids Research.
* How other universities are celebrating this day.

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October 3, 2008

New title from University of Minnesota Press: Digitize This Book!

From the U Press announcement of their new work, Digitize This Book! The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now:

In the sciences, the merits and ramifications of open access—the electronic publishing model that gives readers free, irrevocable, worldwide, and perpetual access to research—have been vigorously debated. Open access is now increasingly proposed as a valid means of both disseminating knowledge and career advancement. In Digitize This Book! Gary Hall presents a timely and ambitious polemic on the potential that open access publishing has to transform both “papercentric? humanities scholarship and the institution of the university itself.

Hall, a pioneer in open access publishing in the humanities, explores the new possibilities that digital media have for creatively and productively blurring the boundaries that separate not just disciplinary fields but also authors from readers. Hall focuses specifically on how open access publishing and archiving can revitalize the field of cultural studies by making it easier to rethink academia and its institutions. At the same time, by unsettling the processes and categories of scholarship, open access raises broader questions about the role of the university as a whole, forcefully challenging both its established identity as an elite ivory tower and its more recent reinvention under the tenets of neoliberalism as knowledge factory and profit center.

Rigorously interrogating the intellectual, political, and ethical implications of open access, Digitize This Book! is a radical call for democratizing access to knowledge and transforming the structures of academic and institutional authority and legitimacy.

Gary Hall is professor of media and performing arts at Coventry University. He is the author of Culture in Bits: The Monstrous Future of Theory, founding coeditor of the peer-reviewed online journal Culture Machine, director of the open access Cultural Studies e-Archive, CSeARCH, and cofounder of the Open Humanities Press.

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