Yesterday the BBC reported that the Apollo Institutional Repository at Cambridge crashed after making Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis available open access. Hawking was reportedly elated to make his thesis available open access, whereas previously “people had to pay £65 to the university library to scan a copy or physically go to the library to read it.”
What better bit of orchestrated chaos than this to kick off Open Access Week 2017 with a bang!
On a more local scale, Cal State Fullerton continues to make its own contributions to the Open Access Movement and Open Access Week.
1. Green Open Access Policy. This policy—essentially the same as those passed by 75+ prestigious universities around the country—is currently working its way through the CSUF Academic Senate. If passed, it would automatically protect faculty copyright of all future journal articles and allow faculty to share these articles openly with the world for free if they so choose!
2. Open Access Jeopardy and Raffle. Learn about Open Access locally and abroad by playing the Open Access Jeopardy game created right here at Pollak Library. Upon completion of the game, you can enter a raffle for $200 of CSUF clothes and other items from the Titan Bookstore!
3. CSUF Open Access Article Publishing Fund and Slideshow Update. To date, Pollak Library has given CSUF faculty 25 awards totaling $38,578 to publish their journal articles in Open Access journals or journals with an Open Access option. As part of our Open Access Week celebration, we have developed a new automated presentation that recognizes these faculty awardees.
4. Data Management Planning Guide & Pilot Project Announcement. Just today we published CSUF’s first Data Management Planning (DMP) LibGuide. DMPs are crucial for managing, protecting, openly, and legally sharing data in a way that can be understood by humans and parsed by machines. They are also increasingly a requirement for external grant funding in the sciences. Our first CSUF DMP Project is an ongoing collaboration with the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary to preserve and share its extensive Bird Point Count data.
We welcome you to join Pollak Library in the celebration of Open Access Week 2017 and become a more informed advocate of making scholarly research openly accessible for the public good!