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Open Access Week 2018


October 22-28, 2018

The UMass Amherst Libraries, the Office of Research and Engagement, and the Office of Professional Development in the UMass Graduate School will host a series of events for International Open Access Week.

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 is "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge." For more information, please visit

Wednesday, October 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Floor 19, Room 1920, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Thinking about making your data openly available? Curious about what formats data should take to be available long-term? Wondering what licensing you can use to make sure your data is easily reused by the public? Librarian Thea Atwood discusses ways to manage data and make choices that support openness in scholarship. This workshop is open to all disciplines and at all stages in your data lifecycle.

Register here.

Coordinator: Thea Atwood, Data Services Librarian
Co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement

Thursday, October 25, Noon-1:30 p.m.; Floor 19, Room 1920, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

What is the benefit for choosing open access for your dissertation or thesis? How can your copyright choices help or hurt your scholarship? In this workshop, librarian Erin Jerome will present an overview of open access, copyright, and fair use as it relates to your research, and librarian Thea Atwood will discuss choices in publishing and sharing data. There will be time to discuss thoughts and questions about these issues. Pizza lunch will be served. Pre-registration required.

Register here.

Coordinators: Erin Jerome, Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian & Thea Atwood, Data Services Librarian
Co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development

Friday, October 26, Noon-1:30 p.m.; Floor 26, Room 2601, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

A documentary focusing on the need for open access to research and science. The movie questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Movie viewing (65 minutes) will be followed by time for discussion. This movie will also be showing throughout the week on the Du Bois Library Lobby screens.

Coordinator: Marilyn Billings, Head, Office of Scholarly Communication