Open Access Week 2013, October 21-27: Redefining Impact

Open.Michigan welcomes guest blogger Jacob Glenn, a science librarian at the University of Michigan’s Shapiro Science Library. Jacob is blogging on behalf of the library’s Open Access Committee, which is responsible for organizing Open Access Week activities here on campus. For more information about the committee and about Open Access Week, please contact the committee’s chair, Jean Song.

October 21-27 will see a number of opportunities for University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students to get involved during Open Access (OA) Week. Now in its sixth year, OA Week is an international effort organized by SPARC and programmed by libraries and research institutions worldwide. With events taking place both online and in many locations around the globe, OA Week is a time for the U-M community to find out about the benefits of Open Access and to share what they’ve learned with colleagues. This year the University of Michigan Library has put together an exciting lineup of events for OA Week in collaboration with other campus units.

The week will open with a keynote by Brandon Weiner, co-founder and Executive Director of Creative Rights, a local non-profit organization that provides free legal representation, educational opportunities and project coordination services for Michigan artists and creators. Creative Rights helps artists by pairing them up with attorneys who have a strong background in the arts, a model inspired by its founders’ particular combination of legal expertise and artistic interests. Brandon’s talk will examine the practical and existential obstacles encountered when implementing projects with strong Open Access principles.

This year’s OA Week theme is “Redefining Impact,” a reminder of changing approaches to the evaluation of scholarly work driven by the possibilities of publishing on the open Web. On that theme, capping the week will be a closing keynote by Mike Buschman, co-founder of Plum Analytics, a company building the next generation of metrics for scholarly research. Plum’s metrics cover a wide variety of artifacts — much more than just books or journal articles. Source code, figures, online videos and many other research products are tracked and author level metrics are aggregated into a researcher graph. In his talk Mike will reflect on two years of experience collecting, analyzing, and visualizing alternative metrics for academic research, showing how those metrics are being used today by research institutions as diverse as the University of Pittsburgh and the Smithsonian, scholarly publishers, and individual researchers.

Naturally there will be plenty of exciting events in between, including lightning talks, a publishing workshop for Medical School faculty and a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. See the complete schedule of events for times, locations, and links to registration.