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UCL Open Access Forum: Ensuring an Open Future

UCL's inaugural Open Access Forum took place on 25th October 2013, organised by UCL Library Services and chaired by UCL's Director of Library Services, Dr Paul Ayris. The Forum provided UCL researchers and research support staff with an overview of national and international developments in open access, publisher and funder approaches, and UCL's support for authors. You can view videos and slides from the presentations below.

Two cheers for open access?

Phil Sykes, University of Liverpool

Phil surveys recent changes in the open access landscape and examines the opportunities and threats that now present themselves. He draws upon his participation in the work of the Finch Group and recent work with Research Libraries UK to help redefine the relationship of universities with publishers.
Download the slides from Phil's presentation

Open access and emerging networks of open research

Dr Catriona MacCallum, PLOS

PLOS has been at the forefront of open access publishing for ten years, and its largest and most innovative journal, PLOS ONE, published over 24,000 articles in 2012. But open access to articles is just one step in realising the potential of using the web to support research. Catriona reviews the increasing range of innovative publishing and dissemination models for literature, data and software, that are taking advantage of new web-based technology and social media. She describes the new challenges facing this emerging network.
Download the slides from Catriona's presentation

Towards open data by default: global directives for local impact

Dr Liz Lyon, UKOLN

Liz reviews the current landscape for open data, providing a range of international exemplars from both policy and practice, reflecting on the implications for higher education institutions. She outlines the response of some universities to the open data movement, drawing on her experience at the Digital Curation Centre to illustrate new data roles, responsibilities and services. Liz highlights potential opportunities and benefits from this data-sharing transformation, recognising the major shift in behaviour and cultural norms this represents for many organisations and individuals. She identifies key pain points, gaps and challenges associated with developing the required technical infrastructure, and the human issues linked to enhancing skills, capacity-building, and creating incentives - which remain outstanding.
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Let's do it! How open access works at UCL

Catherine Sharp, UCL Open Access Funding Manager

UCL's Open Access Team advises researchers on different types of open access, publishers' and funders' policies and UCL's Publications Policy, as well as licensing and payments. It also manages UCL's open access funding, now available to all researchers. Catherine explains how authors and research support staff can use these services, and how the Team is making open access effortless for UCL researchers.
Download the slides from Catherine's presentation

Panel Discussion

Chaired by Dr Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services, with Phil Sykes, Dr Catriona MacCallum, Dr Liz Lyon, and Catherine Sharp.

Last modified 29 November 2013


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