Celebrated annually during the last full week of October, Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what we’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation to make Open Access to research the new norm in scholarly communication.

Open Access Week 2015 events:

Colloquium on Open Data and Research Futures

Thursday, October 29, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Mellon Institute Library, Carnegie Mellon University
4400 5th Ave, 4th Floor - enter on S. Bellfield Ave.

Co-hosted by the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, this event will explore the Open Movement as it relates to scholarly data by bringing together
a panel and poster session with players who facilitate, require, and use open data.

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Poster Session & hors d'oeuvres
• Open data projects at CMU & Pitt

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion
• Mario Bergés IBM Smart Infrastructure Analytics Lab (CMU)
• Bob Gradeck Western PA Regional Data Center (Pitt)
• Geoff Hutchison Pitt Quantum Repository (Pitt)
• Christopher Warren Six Degrees of Francis Bacon (CMU)
• Moderated by Keith Webster Dean of CMU Libraries

Recent Events


The Open Movement in Higher Education

Thursday, October 15

Open approaches have the potential to enhance research, learning, and knowledge exchange on a global scale.
This session will review the range and state of open activities in the higher education arena, explore common factors for the different open domains, and define potential benefits of adopting a more integrated approach to policy and practice for individuals and institutions.

Recorded Session

In broad daylight: Innovation and transparency in peer review

Monday, October 19, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served beginning at 4:00 p.m.
University Club Ballroom A, University of Pittsburgh
Moderator: Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology and editor,
Journal of World-Systems Research

Brandon Stell, PubPeer;
Larry Kane, University of Pittsburgh, F1000 Research;
Lenny Teytelman,;
Josh Nicholson, The Winnower

Independent peer review is one of the foundations of scholarship and a practice that has been in place in the academy for centuries. This panel will address innovations that promote transparency and accelerate the pace of research, such as post-publication review, open peer review, and research evaluation ethics, exploring questions such as:

   • Who qualifies as a peer reviewer?
   • What kinds of content should be reviewed? Datasets? Editorials?
   • What are the strengths and weaknesses of pre-publication vs. post-publication peer review?
   • Is open peer review integrated with the formal publication process? Does it need to be?
   • What concerns are there with making peer review open? Are there benefits to anonymity, for example?
   • How do we ensure productive and civil discourse in a public review process?
   • How do these innovations change the relationship between the reviewer and the author?
   • Is it important to address the novelty and significance of the research in the review, or should it be only about      content and soundness?
   • What is the anticipated trajectory of these changes in peer review and how might they affect research 25      years from now?

About the panelists:
  Larry Kane
is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. As a member of the Faculty of 1000, Dr. Kane is avid contributor to F1000Prime and F1000Research, and is an advocate for innovation in the peer review process to accelerate the dissemination of research. F1000Research ( is an Open Science publishing platform offering immediate publication of posters, slides and articles with no editorial bias. All articles benefit from transparent peer review and the inclusion
of all source data.

  Josh Nicholson
is the founder of The Winnower, an open scholarly publishing platform launched in 2014. The Winnower acts as a publisher and archiver for a variety of content (research,reddit AMAs, student essays, journal club proceedings, peer reviews, open letters, grants, etc.) and to-date has published over 600 articles. Nicholson received his PhD in cell biology in 2015 from Virginia Tech. He has authored numerous articles on scientific funding and publishing in addition to his research on cancer, some of which have been discussed in The Economist, The Boston Globe and other major news outlets.

  Brandon Stell is a neuroscientist and team leader at the French national science organization CNRS in Paris and is the President of the PubPeer Foundation. PubPeer ( is an anonymous online forum for post-publication peer review where scholars can comment on any article published with a DOI. The authors of the paper are invited to engage with the commenters.

  Lenny Teytelman is a geneticist and computational biologist. Since 2012, he has devoted himself to creating a free and up-to-date central repository of life science methods. As cofounder of Lenny brings a strong passion for sharing science and improving research efficiency through technology.

Recorded Session

Got Data? Building a Sustainable Ecosystem for Data Driven Research

Wednesday, Oct 21, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Gregg Hall (Porter 100), Carnegie Mellon University
Francine Berman, Research Data Alliance/US Chair

Data is the driving force for new discovery and innovation in the information age. Yet lack of a healthy ecosystem for data stewardship, preservation, and use puts critical data, on which new discovery depends, at risk. In this talk, Francine Berman explores the opportunities and challenges of creating a viable ecosystem for research data that can help sustain the Information Age’s most valuable resource.

Presentation Materials

Open for All: Embracing Open Access in Your Library

Wednesday, Oct 21, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hillman Library G-74 (Amy Knapp Room), University of Pittsburgh
Lauren Collister, PhD, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
Please join the Pittsburgh Chapter of SLA in celebrating Open Access Week 2015.

Dr. Lauren Collister, Scholarly Communications Librarian for the University of Pittsburgh, will speak about the importance of open access for changing current paradigms.  She plans to address how librarians in all sectors – public, academic, and corporate – can embrace and implement open access initiatives, even in small ways.

This event is sponsored by the Special Libraries Association, Pittsburgh Chapter. For more information, see:

Presentation Materials

The Research Data Alliance: Building Community and Infrastructure for Data Sharing World-wide

Thursday, Oct 22, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room (MI 348), Carnegie Mellon University
Francine Berman, Research Data Alliance/US Chair

Since its launch three years ago, the Research Data Alliance (RDA,, a community-driven international organization with a mission to develop social and technical infrastructure that supports and accelerates data sharing world-wide, has grown precipitously and now has over 3100 members from 100+ countries. In this talk, Francine Berman discusses the opportunities and challenges of sharing research data.

Presentation Materials

The Impact of Open Access Models: Finding Stable, Sustainable and Scalable Solutions

Friday, October 23, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hillman Library G-74 (Amy Knapp Room), University of Pittsburgh
Virtual Workshop hosted by NFAIS

Open access (OA) to scholarly research has been a policy move embraced by governments, libraries, publishers
and the global research community, yet there are strong opinions about the financial models that will foster
OA’s long-term viability in concert with traditional scholarly publishing. Attitudes, for example, toward article processing charges vary by community, key stakeholder roles are shifting, and in the Humanities and Social Sciences, OA monographs’ different format requirements call for varied funding models.

View full workshop program


Previous Events


Historic Pittsburgh Fair

Tuesday, October 21

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

View the Historic Pittsburgh Fair invitation

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

Watch this event online
View the slides and event announcement here
Read an article about McKiernan’s presentation
Read an article about the Pitt faculty response to the keynote address

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.

The panelists will include--

Brian Beaton (Moderator) Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences and Interim Director, Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology

Gordon Mitchell, Associate Professor of Communication and Assistant Dean, University Honors College

Lara Putnam, Professor of History and former co-senior editor, Hispanic American Historical Review

Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology and editor, Journal of World-Systems Research

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

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.

University of Pittsburgh Fall Senate Plenary – Managing Research Data: Challenges
& Opportunities at the University

Keynote speaker: Dr. Liz Lyon, School of Information Sciences

Thursday, October 23

Open to Pitt faculty, students, and staff. For more information about this plenary, please see the official event announcement.


Open Access Policies: Coming Attractions
Presentation by Michael W. Carroll, Professor of Law and Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University, Washington College of Law

Thursday, October 24
4 - 5 pm
Ballroom A, University Club

Archived presentation available here

Institutional support for open access is growing steadily. Through an executive directive, the White House has required all federal agencies that provide significant support for research to file plans in August 2013 for how they will make journal articles and research data arising from federal support agreements publicly available over the Internet. Meanwhile, the University of California system also recently adopted a robust system-wide open access policy. This talk will put these recent developments in historical perspective, explain and examine their principal requirements, and focus on the growing importance of reuse rights for open access materials.

Copyright & Your Research
Presentation by Peter B. Hirtle, Senior Policy Advisor, Cornell University Library, and Research Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet Security and Society, Harvard University

Tuesday, October 22
4 - 5 pm
Ballroom A, University Club

Archived presentation available here

As publishing options increase in number, it is ever more important that university authors manage their copyrights in a way that ensures maximum benefit to them and to the university. Peter Hirtle, Senior Policy Advisor in the Cornell University Library and a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will give an overview of the sometimes puzzling issues surrounding creating, securing, owning, and using copyrighted works. Topics will include author agreements and contracts, the public access requirements in some federal grants, new publishing options, and the management of your copyrights. The session will benefit those who want to gain a better understanding of the changing nature of scholarly communications.

Scholarly Communication and Publishing Lunch and Learn for ULS Colleagues: What's New in OA? Open Access 2013 Kickoff
Thursday, October 10
12 Noon - 1 pm
Room 272, Hillman Library

Archived presentation available here

OpenOxford, Open Access, and the Transformation of Discovery: Recent Developments in Open Access, Collections and Systems Support for Research-Intensive Universities
See program details here

Guest speaker: Catriona Cannon, Associate Director of Collections Support at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and member, arXiv advisory board

Session 1:
"Scholarly Communication and Open Access"
Thursday, September 19, 10 to 11 am
Room 272, Hillman Library

Session 2:
"Rethinking the Library Catalogue, Again"
Thursday, September 19, 2 to 3 pm
Room 272, Hillman Library


Open Access Week 2012: Kick-Off Event for ULS Colleagues
Wednesday, October 17, 2 to 3:30 pm
272 Hillman Library

See the presentation here.

The ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing (OSCP) is gearing up for Open Access Week, October 22-28. Learn more about Open Access, e-journal publishing, open repositories, and more by attending this session, which will offer you an update and overview on scholarly communication and publishing at Pitt.

Mendeley: Social Networking for Your Research
Monday, October 22, 12 noon to 1 pm
Ballroom, William Pitt Union

View the slide presentation for this event here.

Mendeley is an academic social network and citation manager that helps scholars organize research, collaborate online, and discover the latest research. With Mendeley, faculty and students can create citations and bibliographies, read and annotate papers, and make an online home for their scholarship, accessible anywhere. Through Open Access, scholars can also share and discover relevant research through this social citation tool. University of Pittsburgh's Mendeley Institutional Edition Powered by Swets, brings all of this together and strengthens the library's role as the center of research.

In this program, you'll learn about the ULS's new Mendeley service, Mendeley Institutional Edition, and how you can use it to benefit knowledge production and sharing. José Luís Andrade, President of the Americas, Swets Information Services, and Sujay Darji, Regional Sales Manager, Swets Information Services, will be on hand to discuss how you can use Mendeley Institutional Edition to increase your research reach and impact.

Staff from the ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing will also present on the latest developments in Open Access and digital publishing.

Plum Analytics and Altmetrics: New Methods of Measuring Scholarly Impact
Wednesday, October 24, 1 to 2 pm
Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union

View the slide presentation for this event here.

Listen to the WebEX recording of the session here.

Rather than solely tracking the number of times a work is cited in scholarly literature, altmetrics--alternative ways of measuring the use of, and impact of, scholarship--use social media and other web-based forms of scholarly communication to create a more comprehensive picture of research reach.

The ULS has partnered with Plum Analytics in a pilot project to help Pitt scholars track, assess, and compare scholarly impact. Through Plum Analytics, researchers can make their scholarship more accessible, promote their research, and connect with other scholars.

Andrea Michalek, co-founder of Plum Analytics, will talk about her organization's efforts and how they can benefit Pitt scholars. Staff from the ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing will also be on hand to share the latest developments in Open Access and digital publishing.


Open Access: Greater Impact for Your Research
Tuesday, October 25, 2 to 3pm
Ballroom B, University Club
Archived presentation available here

Open Access provides an excellent way for faculty to share their research and increase its discovery, use, and impact on an international stage. Learn more about what Open Access means to you, as well as about D-Scholarship@Pitt, the institutional repository, author rights and responsibilities, and tools and services available to you to increase your scholarly reach.

Open Access: What Every Graduate Student Needs to Know
Thursday, October 20, 2 to 3pm
Ballroom B, University Club
Archived presentation available here

Learn about Open Access, how it can promote the discovery and use of your ETD, and what you need to know about author rights and Open Access publishing as you begin your career in scholarly research.

Open Access Week at the University of Pittsburgh: A Kickoff event for ULS Colleagues
Wednesday, October 12, 12 noon to 1pm
272 Hillman Library
Archived presentation available here