Hey, Columbia – it's Open Access Week!
Open Access Week is a global event now in its 6th year, which promotes open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Open access (OA) content is online, freely accessible, and has relatively few or no restrictions on reuse. As the The Open Access Week website argues, we at Columbia should be advocating for open access because it has "the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship."
All this week (October 21-25) at Columbia, we folks from the Scholarly Communication Program, an initiative of Columbia's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, along with our friends at Columbia Libraries/Information Services, are out on campus all day every day talking to students, faculty, and staff about open access, its benefits, and why it's relevant to them. We're also asking anyone and everyone to sign a petition in favor of open access of research at Columbia, which calls for faculty members and officers of administration to make their research articles freely available to the public through online repositories, such as Academic Commons, Columbia’s open access digital repository. Oh, and we're making buttons and giving out an absurd amount of cookies.
You can sign our petition in support of open access to research at Columbia University here.
Looking forward to seeing you all out on campus! Here's to open access and sharing knowledge