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Local open access talk

by PhilipJ on 26 April 2007

From the email circulating around Vancouver:

The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present the following esteemed panel of innovators in the development of new scholarly communication models:

Dr. John Willinsky, Dr. Francis Ouellette and Dr. Carl T. Bergstrom will be speaking about

Transformative Change in the System of Scholarly Communication & Publishing Worldwide: the Case for Open Access to Research Thursday, May 3rd, 2007: 1:00 to 4:00pm
Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
RSVP: http://toby.library.ubc.ca/booking/description.cfm?sessionid=3980

Advances in digital technology have revolutionized scholarly communication and are leading to innovations in the way research is conducted, considered and conveyed. At the same time, changes in copyright laws, licensing access to research rather than owning publications, and rapidly increasing subscription costs have limited access to scholarly journals and restricted uses of scholarly information. Researchers, academic institutions and grant funders, are questioning the status quos in favour of a freer, open access model.

WHY THE FUSS OVER OPEN ACCESS?
Dr.Willinsky will provide a state of the art review on current developments in opening access to research and scholarship, with an opportunity to consider the benefits and risks to faculty members and librarians in what appears to be an historic shift in the progressive opening of science and scholarship.

WHY ARE GRANT FUNDING AGENCIES ADVOCATING FOR OPEN ACCESS TO RESEARCH?
Dr. Francis Ouellette will describe his work with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to develop a policy that will promote access to the knowledge and resources generated from CIHR-funded research. CIHR encourages recipients of research support to make the results of all research publicly available. This principle is similar to policies implemented by other organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, Research Councils United Kingdom, The Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Genome Canada. With this policy, CIHR aims to increase access to the discoveries made by CIHR-funded researchers.

EIGENFACTOR.ORG – A NEW METHODOLOGY FOR EVALUATING INFLUENCE RANKINGS OF SCHOLARLY ARTICLES AND JOURNALS
Dr. Bergstrom will describe how Eigenfactor ranks journals similarly to how Google ranks websites. Eigenfactor uses the structure of the entire network to evaluate the importance of each journal. As he explains: “Different disciplines have different standards for citation and different time scales on which citations occur. The average article in a leading cell biology journal might receive 10-30 citations within two years; the average article in leading mathematics journal would do very well to receive 2 citations over the same period. By using the whole citation network, Eigenfactor automatically accounts for these differences and allows better comparison across research areas.� Eigenfactor is a non-commercial academic research project sponsored by the Bergstrom lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. They aim to develop methods for evaluating the influence of scholarly periodicals and for mapping the structure of academic research. They are committed to sharing their findings with interested members of the public, including librarians, journal editors, publishers, and authors of scholarly articles. The Eigenfactor Web site can be found at http://www.eigenfactor.org .

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