Open access publishing, free online access to academic materials previously available only through peer-reviewed journals, is seen by many experts as a key method for increasing dissemination and improving knowledge share for both research and educational purposes.
Rochester Institute of Technology is working to advance this movement through Open Access Week 2009, a series of presentations, webinars, and panel discussions focusing on the newest techniques and best practices in open publishing, which will be held Oct. 19-23 on the RIT campus. Featured speakers include Christine Geith, executive director of Michigan State University’s MSUGloblal, Tom Carey, professor of engineering at the University of Waterloo and Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
“Open access publishing can truly revolutionize the way we produce and disseminate academic scholarship,” notes Marianne Buehler, publishing and scholarship support services manager for RIT’s Wallace Center. “By making knowledge available for free and disseminating it widely through the Internet we can improve the speed and development of innovation and increase the number of people who can participate in the process all over the world.”
Open Access Week is being sponsored by The Wallace Center’s Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship Services. All events are free and open to the public. For a listing of times and locations visit http://library.rit.edu/whatsnew/open-access-week-features-great-series-free-events-oct-19-23-2009.html.