• Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.
  • Open Access is compatible with copyright, peer review, revenue (even profit), print, preservation, prestige, quality, career-advancement, indexing, and other features and supportive services associated with conventional scholarly literature.

  • Peter Suber, "Open Access Overview," 2004 (revised 2010)

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    Events for Open Access Week 2014 @ Pitt.

    October 20-26, 2014
    Every last full week in October, Pitt joins with hundreds of institutions worldwide to commemorate Open Access Week, a global event promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. The following events are part of this year’s celebrations—

    Historic Pittsburgh Fair

    Tuesday, October 21
    1 to 5 pm
    University Club, Ballroom B

    Come meet the partners behind the Historic Pittsburgh digital collection and learn about future plans for this open educational resource.

    Keynote speakers—including Steve Mellon, a writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Angelique Bamberg, adjunct professor of history of art and architecture at Pitt—will describe how they have used the collection and the ways that its offerings have been crucial to their research.

    Local experts will also be on hand to discuss and demonstrate how to get started on local history research and representatives from many Historic Pittsburgh partner institutions will be available to answer your questions.

    Schedule of events
    1:30 pm – Presentation by Steve Mellon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    2:30 pm – Presentation by Angelique Bamberg, Adjunct Professor,
    History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

    3:30 pm – Demonstration of the redesigned Historic Pittsburgh website

    Culture Change in Academia:

    Making Sharing the New Norm

    Keynote speaker: Erin McKiernan, postdoctoral fellow in psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and Open Access advocate; panel of University of Pittsburgh faculty members

    Wednesday, October 22
    3 pm to 4:30 pm
    University Club, Ballroom A

    Join a lively discussion by Erin McKiernan, an early career researcher in experimental and computational neuroscience and a leading advocate for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science. McKiernan will explore the powerful, positive benefits of openness in scholarly research, the tension between personal success as a researcher and Open Science, and the need for reform in our academic evaluation and incentive systems.

    A panel discussion featuring members of the University of Pittsburgh academic community will follow.

    More about Erin McKiernan
    McKiernan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. Previously she served as a researcher affiliated with the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, where she experienced firsthand the impact of cost barriers to accessing scholarly research. McKiernan has written about open access for international media outlets, such as The Conversation and The Guardian, and blogs about her experiences with Open Science. You can also follow her on Twitter at @emckiernan13

    The Challenge of Openness and Transparency

    in Scholarly Communication

    Panel presentation featuring: Maryann Martone, Executive Director, Force11; Peter Binfield, Founder, PeerJ; Rachel Burley, Vice President and Director, Open Access, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; and Jennifer Lin, Senior Project Manager, Public Library of Sciences (PLoS)

    Wednesday, October 29
    4:30 to 6 pm
    6115 Gates Hillman, Carnegie Mellon University

    A distinguished panel representing both traditional and Open Access publishing interests will discuss drivers and barriers to openness and transparency in scholarly communication.

    Cohosted by the University Libraries of Carnegie Mellon University and the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

    All information subject to change.

    This is Pitt’s 4th year of celebrating Open Access Week. Be sure to take a look at past programs and activities we’ve held.