Open Access

Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an annual international celebration to raise awareness of the issue of access to published scholarly research. For more info, start with our Open Access Overview.

Open Access Week 2014

October 20-26

The University of Minnesota is once again participating in International Open Access Week, where the research and academic community worldwide come together to share and learn about open access and other connected global open scholarship and open education movements.

The University’s event, "Open UMN," celebrates the range of activities and services the Libraries and others are advancing in support of open scholarship. Themes include open access, open data, open education, open science, and open humanities.

Experts from the Libraries and other campus units will be on hand to provide guidance on data management, open access, open access tools and publishing platforms, open education strategies, negotiation of publication agreements and author rights at designated tables. Two-minute lightning round introductions for each themed table will begin at 2:00 p.m. and be run throughout the two-hour event.

Open UMN details

What: Open UMN Fair 2014 When: October 23, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Where: Walter Library, Room 101

Schedule of Events

2:00 p.m., Welcome!

2:05 p.m.: Theme 1: Open Scholarship

  • Open Access - Sunshine Carter, Nancy Sims, Charlie Heinz
    Open Access provides the means to maximize the visibility, and thus the uptake and use, of research outputs. Open Access is the immediate, online, free availability of research outputs without the severe restrictions on use commonly imposed by publisher copyright agreements. Options and benefits for making your research openly available are discussed including author rights and management of publisher agreements.

  • Open Scholarship through the UDC - Lisa Johnston & Erik Moore
  • The University Digital Conservancy is the open access institutional repository at the University of Minnesota. It provides users the ability to search across deposited publications by U of M researchers and faculty authors, including their articles, presentations, conference papers, and reports, as well as selected student scholarship including theses and dissertations, honors theses, and undergraduate research projects.

  • Publishing infrastructure to open content - Kate McCready
  • The University Libraries are poised to launch a service in support of the creation of open scholarly content by UMN affiliates. Initially, we will provide support for hosting open access journals, open access monographs, and open conference materials (e.g. schedules, contributed papers, etc.).

  • Open Access to America’s Cultural Heritage - Jason Roy
  • Opening up access to cultural heritage through the Minnesota Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes content freely available to the world.

Theme 2: Open Education

Open educational resources are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge". From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -

  • Tools & Support for Open Education - Kristi Jensen, Shane Nackerud
  • A variety of tools are available for locating and storing open educational resources. eLearning and subject librarians can help you find materials focused on a particular subject area. Visit Merlot (, Connexions (, and OER Commons ( to explore some options in your field.

  • Open Textbooks – Kristi/David Ernst
  • Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. The University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library ( contains a select and vetted set of Open Textbooks to help faculty identify open textbooks to consider for their courses.

  • Interlibrary Loan Required Reading Pilot - Danika Stegeman, Melissa Eighmy Brown and Emily Riha
  • The ILL Required Reading Pilot project is a way to discover and provide library copies of required course texts to students. While processing ILL requests, ILL staff identify required course readings. If the Libraries hold the item, ILL staff notify reserve staff. If the item is not held, ILL staff select the title for purchase and reserve staff are notified when the new title becomes available. Reserve staff place the physical or electronic text on reserve and notify the instructor of the availability of the text.

    This project provides students with free access to required course materials. It also makes library resources more visible and accessible to instructors and students, fostering future use of library content and services.

Theme 3: Open Research

  • Open Data - Lisa Johnston
  • As digital research data continues to grow at an ever-increasing rate, researchers are hard-pressed to determine best practices for managing the products of their scholarship. In addition, federal funders have increasingly begun to enforce policies requiring researchers to make the results of their grant-funded research available to the public. In the University Libraries, we understand the difficulty of navigating these pressures, policies, and requirements, and we want to help.

    This Fall, the University Libraries will be launching a new service enabling researchers to provide long-term, public access to research data produced at the University of Minnesota. This service, the Data Repository of the University of Minnesota (DRUM), reflects the Libraries’ commitment to providing the broadest possible access to the intellectual output of the University.

  • DASH (Digital Arts & Sciences & Humanities) – Justin Schell
  • DASH is a cross-disciplinary project from the University of Minnesota Libraries organized around emerging digital tools and methodologies for scholarly, pedagogical, and artistic projects. It seeks to foster collaborations that both utilize and critically engage with methodologies such as: Text and data mining, Digital archives, GIS and spatial research, Data visualization and data arts, crowdsourcing, Digital storytelling, Multimodal scholarship, 3D design and printing, and critical code and algorithm studies.

  • Altmetrics - Katherine Chew
  • Altmetrics are a very broad group of what are currently being labelled “attention metrics”, capturing different approaches to gauging the impact a paper or work can have.Typical sources of data to calculate these attention metrics include Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations. Learn more about how to take advantage of altmetric tools, such as ImpactStory, Kudos, Altmetric It! or to capture impact on the social web.

Previous years

In 2013, speakers were Nicole Allen, OER Program Director at SPARC, and David Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University.

SPARC, or the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. Wiley's presentation was titled, "The Ethic of Openness."

In 2012 Libraries staff are partnering with volunteers from graduate student government groups (GAPSA and COGS) to go outside the Libraries and publicize open access issues across UMN campuses. Join us for the last remaining outreach meetup outside the St Paul Student Ctr 12-2 on 10/26 (Fri) (contact: - or create your own OA Week event, and tell us about it afterwards!

Pics of meetups:
Librarian in bright orange t-shirt approaches student in UMN sweatshirt on teh Washington Ave bridge Librarian in sweater vest with orange tie speaks with student in grey sweatshirt about open access Smiling librarian in bright orange t-shirt distributes candy on Northrop Mall
Five library staff members in orange Open Access t-shirts gather in the lobby of Walter Library before spreading out across Northrop Mall
Click for full-size images. More images in the OAUMN and Walter Library Twitter feeds.

Adapted from "Money" CC BY Andrew Magill

Big News - UMN Open Access Publishing Fund

This years' big news is that a fund is now available to help University of Minnesota authors offset the costs of making their published research more openly available. Full details here.

More info on taking control of your scholarship

Open Access Publishing: Making Your Work Available To The World
Discover how to take advantage of open access publishing to advance your own research and career goals. Learn about journals that are partly or fully open access, and explore what you may be able to do with previously published work.
Tuesday, November 13, 3:00-3:45 pm Walter Library Room 310

Know Your Rights: Copyright Essentials for Authors and Creators
Learn more about your rights as an author or creator. Enjoy exploring some entertaining and thought-provoking examples. No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational and educational in nature. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.
Monday, November 19, 10am-12pm ONLINE SESSION
Wednesday, December 12, 1:30-3:30pm Walter Library Room 310
Register for either session

(We also offer other copyright and publishing workshops.)

More on Open Access

Why is unrestricted public access to scholarly articles important? *

Moral arguments
  • OA frees authors and readers from needless access barriers.
  • OA returns the control of scholarship to scholars.
  • By increasing the author's impact, it advances the author's purpose in writing journal articles for impact rather than money.
  • OA serves the under-served.
  • For the special subset of publicly-funded research, open access is part of fundamental fairness to taxpayers.
Pragmatic arguments
  • OA reaches a wider audience at lower cost than toll-access forms of distribution.
  • OA makes research literature and data available for crunching by new generations of sophisticated software (indexing, mining, summarizing, translating, linking, recommending, alerting, mash-ups, and other forms of processing).
  • OA widens dialogue, builds community, and supports cooperation.
  • OA accelerates research and increases the productivity of researchers.
  • OA makes research more useful and increases the research funder's return on investment.
* Adapted from Peter Suber's "Open access and the self-correction of knowledge"

Voices of Open Access Video Series

Watch 1-minute videos from...

Barbara Stebbins, Middle School Science Teacher from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

Dr. Mark Walport, Wellcome Trust Director from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

Sharon Terry, Patient Advocate from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

Ida Sim, Physician Scientist from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

Diane Graves, Librarian from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

André Brown, Grad Student from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

Piled Higher and Deeper: Nature vs. Science

comics by Jorge Cham, PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. (Used with permission)

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