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Celebrated October 18-25, 2010, Purdue University Libraries hosted a
series of events on campus to highlight some of Purdue's efforts in open
access, as well as to generate discussions on some of the challenges of
open access in university scholarship. Purdue Libraries also presented
the first Leadership in Open Access Award at Purdue to the School of
Electrical and Computer Engineering for its support and exercise of the
principles of open access.
James L. Mullins, dean of libraries, presented the award to Ragu
Balakrishnan, head of ECE, on Wednesday after a faculty panel discussion
of "Publishing for Global Impact." The award ceremony came during one of
several events of Open Access Week at Purdue, part of an international
observance and awareness effort. The award recognizes the significant
contributions of ECE Technical Reports to Purdue e-Pubs, Purdue
Libraries’ open access repository. ECE Technical Reports are among the
most downloaded materials from Purdue e-Pubs at more than 170,000 full
text downloads. "By fully embracing open access for these important
research products, the School of ECE extends the impact of its research
around the world," Mullins said. "By making the technical reports
available through Purdue Libraries, the reports enter the network of
scholarship as citable and durable research objects." Open access refers
to free availability on the Internet, permitting any user to read,
download, print, search or link to the full texts of materials. Open
access works are freely accessible but their use is still protected
under U.S. copyright law.
During the panel Wednesday, six researchers involved in founding open
access journals or using Purdue Libraries' open access repositories
discussed how their work developed and is progressing. Those experiences
were framed as case studies for the progress and value of open access as
Two other events were featured during Open Access Week. Ray Crow, senior
consultant for SPARC, spoke Monday about "Building Business Models for
Campus-based Publishing." On Thursday, Scott Brandt, associate dean for
research and professor of library science, spoke about practices for
managing and providing access to data.
Open Access Events:
Building Business Models for Campus-based Publishing
Raym Crow, SPARC It is important to understand both the
challenges and choices that shape the development of business models for
open access journals and other campus-based publishing projects. This
presentation discussed the basics of developing a sustainable business
model and reviewed models commonly used to support open access journals.
Read more about Raym Crow and his work with SPARC.
Publishing for Global Impact Faculty involved in
founding open access journals or using Purdue Libraries' open access
repositories discussed how their work developed and is progressing.
Those experiences were framed as case studies for the progress and value
of open access as a whole. Case studies included:
Opening Doors to Access Data: How the Data Curation Profile can Guide
Exploration of Research Outputs
International Open Access Week is presented by the Scholarly Publishing
& Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the Public Library of
Science (PLoS), Students for FreeCulture, eIFL.net, OASIS (the Open
Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook), and the Open Access Directory
Click here for more information on the international effort.