Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is 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.
Open Access Week 2016 happened 24-30 October, with the theme 'Open in Action'. The Office of Scholarly Communication marked the occasion with several events, including the launch of the newly-upgraded repository, Apollo. In addition the popular blog post series on Open Access issues returned. Our blog post series was again very popular with 1630 reads of the blog during OA Week 2016, and in addition to those people physically attending the live events we have had over 450 views of the live stream/recordings of the events.
"How open is Cambridge?" is an analysis by Dr Arthur Smith of how much Cambridge research is openly accessible.
In response to issues with compliance we have written an open letter to Blood journal to request they amend their advice to authors funded by RCUK and COAF and offer a compliant option. You can see the letter here and if you wish to add your name to the signatures, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of Scholarly Communication is excited to be announcing that we will be working together with the Wellcome Trust on a project to experiment with opening up research. Details will be released shortly but from January 2017 we will be hoping to work with a small number of Cambridge research groups on the project. Sign up for our monthly newsletter not to miss the announcement.
Today we launch our much awaited Copyright help pages which have been developed in response to the many queries members of our library staff have received from our researchers and students over the past few years. We hope they are useful.
The Office of Scholarly Communication is pleased to able to announce that from late November we will be running a pilot for the electronic submission of PhD theses for the academic year 2016/17. In cooperation with several departments from across the University we will be requesting that PhD students in these departments who are submitting their thesis this year also upload a copy to Apollo. Our external developers are currently putting the final touches to the upload form which will make the whole process smooth and straightforward. Authors will be encouraged to make their theses available Open Access though this is not mandatory. More information can be found here.
In order to release more of our older theses the Office of Scholarly Communication has entered into an agreement with the British Library to make a selection of 1,4000 theses the BL has on microfilm available in digital form. We have selected the titles and the digitisation is occurring now. We hope to have these uploaded into the repository towards the end of the year.
The Office of Scholarly Communication's survey on the educational background of those working in scholarly communication has struck a chord with the community. Responses show that many of those working in this area come from outside librarianship, mainly from research and IT roles. Even those who do come from within the sector learn many of the necessary skills on the job rather than through formal education. This is opening up some interesting areas for future discussion and investigation. We decided to keep the survey open during Open Access week to give more people an opportunity to participate. The survey closed on Monday 31 October with 540 responses.
An introduction to Open Research for STEM PhD students - 10:00 - 12:00 J J Thomson Seminar Room, Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge
This is part of the work we are doing around the issue of Open Research at Cambridge, given our researcher’s expressed interest in the topic we have started building some resources around Open Research on the OSC website in addition to our blog post series on the topic.
14:00 - 17:30 Lecture Room 9, 8 Mill Lane, Cambridge
13:00-14:30 Darwin Room, Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge
The panel came to some interesting conclusions - not least that if something that starts as a grassroots movement is taken up by government and funders, then this is a sign of success. Also that even if the agenda for open access is 'co-opted' in the process, if the end result is the same this doesn't necessarily matter. You may have your own opinon - you can watch the recording below. One of the panellists, Matt Hodginson, Head of Research Integrity at Hindawi has written a blog about the event.
The launch of the University repository, Apollo (by invitation)
17:00 - 19:00 Engineering Seminar Room, Cambridge
A story about the launch is available here.