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Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 4:30pm

A. D. White House, Guerlac Room
29 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Open Access (OA) commonly refers to making research outputs freely available to everyone with an internet connection. Now in its tenth year, International Open Access Week invites all who engage with scholarship to share perspectives and ideas about how best to transform knowledge creation and access to be more open and inclusive.

Please join internationally known OA advocates Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and John Willinsky, Stanford professor and founder of PKP (Public Knowledge Project), for a panel discussion on the theme selected for 2018 Open Access Week, “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.”

Transitioning our system for producing and distributing knowledge towards greater openness brings many new challenges. How do we ensure sustainable open access models are not exclusionary or biased? What inequities might open knowledge systems recreate or reinforce? Whose voices are prioritized in determining what counts as scholarship? When might open access not be appropriate? Engaging these important conversations will help create a more equitable system of open research and scholarship.

The panel will be moderated by Gerald Beasley, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University (CUL).

The event is free and open to all. International Open Access week is organized by SPARC in partnership with its advisory committee, and the Cornell event is sponsored by the Society for the Humanities and by CUL’s Scholarly Communications Working Group. The SCWG leads and/or participates in selected initiatives that support the creation, dissemination, evaluation, and preservation of Cornell scholarship.

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Lara Kelingos

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(607) 255-4144

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