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Open Access Week 2017


October 23-29, 2017

The UMass Amherst Libraries, the UMass History Department, the Public History Program, and the Office of Professional Development in the UMass Graduate School will host a series of events for the 10th International Open Access Week relevant to open access, copyright and fair use, data sharing, and theses and dissertations.

Open Access Week provides “an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives.” It was established in 2008 by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and its student community partners.

The theme this year, “Open in order to…,” looks at the impact open access can have across all research and disciplines. For more information about International Open Access Week, visit


Tuesday, October 24

Open Data 101

3-4 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library Room 2601

In this introductory workshop, Data Services Librarian Thea Atwood will discuss open data, steps to make data open, and helpful resources available at the Libraries.


Wednesday, Oct. 25

Fostering Change: Evaluating Digital Scholarship for Professional Credit

Keynote speaker: Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association

3:30-5:30 p.m., Herter Hall Room 601

As the field of digital humanities becomes an ever more important facet of both research and teaching, we need to find means for ensuring that the work is properly evaluated and that credit is given to the scholars who engage in it. The problems associated with developing this are complex, and new modes of research and publication have proven difficult to incorporate into disciplines that have traditionally put high value on print. Scholarly societies have an important role to play in encouraging creative thought and action about how best to accommodate these new modes within our disciplines. Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Public History Program.

Seth Denbo is the Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association (AHA). Seth has a B.A. in history at Middlebury College and spent several years working in academic publishing at Routledge in New York and London. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick, where he worked on the cultural history of eighteenth-century England. After teaching for several years, Seth moved into the digital humanities, as part of teams developing innovative digital projects in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London and at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. At the AHA he oversees the publication department and attempts to keep up with the changing landscape of digital scholarship in history and the impact of the digital age on scholarly communication more broadly. 


Thursday, Oct. 26

Open Access & Copyright for Theses and Dissertations

Noon-1:30 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601

Coordinated by Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian Erin Jerome, this workshop provides an overview of open access, copyright, and fair use as it relates to theses and dissertations, followed by discussion and Q & A. Co-sponsored by the UMass Graduate School.


Friday, Oct. 27

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Black and Militant Women Suffragists

10 a.m.-3 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 1920

Inspired by the work of scholars Thomas Dublin and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, as well as the online database Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000, this year’s Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon will seek to create or improve Wikipedia entries on Black and militant women suffragists. This event is coordinated by Copyright and Information Policy Librarian Laura Quilter and Digital Project Manager Jeremy Smith, in collaboration with two history classes, and open to all who are interested. For more information on this local edit-a-thon, visit: