Celebrate Open Access Week Oct. 21-27

We’re covering all things Open Access: What Open Access is, how it impacts you and campus services available to help make your work open

Join the Iowa State University Library Oct. 21-27 for a week full of Open Access (OA) events and workshops. Attendees will network with OA campus leaders, learn about available channels to publish work openly, and discover free services that can help guide them on the path to open scholarship. Whether you’re an OA all-star or just getting started, OA Week will equip you with a wealth of information and resources you need to succeed.

Check out the events below and mark your calendars! To view the event poster, click here

All events are open to faculty, staff, students and the public.

Monday, Oct. 21 
Workshop: Open Access Publishing: Where do I Start?  
1-2 p.m., Parks Library Room 134 

Publishing your research can be a frustrating experience, especially when you want your work to be open and free for anyone to access. If you aren’t sure where to start looking for an OA publisher, how to get funding for your work, or how to share your work in an OA repository, this is the workshop for you. Attendees will gain knowledge about the OA publishing landscape and funding available for publishing work openly at Iowa State. 

Tuesday, Oct. 22 
Making Government Better Through Open Science: Real-Life Examples of Truly Smarter Cities
5-6 p.m., Memorial Union Pioneer Room 

The growth of the "Smart City" movement promises improvements in efficiency and quality of life for people who live and visit cities. It also raises questions on the ethical uses of data, privacy protection, and responsible uses of technology. Tom Schenk Jr. will discuss how adopting open science principles can help smart cities thrive by providing transparency and also leveraging a large community of researchers and citizen scientists.

Tom Schenk Jr. is a researcher and author on applying technology, data, and analytics to make better decisions. He’s currently the director of analytics at KPMG, where he leads the smart city and government analytics practice. He served previously as Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, led education research for the State of Iowa, and has held a variety of positions within academia.

For more information, visit lectures.iastate.edu.

Wednesday, Oct. 23
ISU Open Science Roundtable 
4-5:30 p.m., Parks Library Room 198 

Are you interested in research reproducibility, OA publishing, or data sharing? Attend this roundtable event to learn more about how faculty at Iowa State are approaching these and other topics. The following campus experts will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work: Jacqueline Campbell, Computer Science; Abby Dubisar, English; Pete Moore, Natural Resource Ecology and Management; Andrew Severin, Biotechnology; Gina Nichols, Agronomy; Shane Dooley and Adina Howe, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering; Harrison W. Inefuku, University Library. Free refreshments will be provided for participants.

Thursday, Oct. 24
“The Price is High” Game 
1-3 p.m., Parks Library – Interactive display on third floor (near main staircase)

Have you ever wondered what it costs the university to get you access to the thousands of books and journals we subscribe to online? Come to our game and try to figure it out! Candy and prizes will be available for participants.

Thursday, Oct. 24 
Workshop: Data Sharing 101  
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Parks Library Room 32 (lower level)

The sharing of research data is a vital component of open science. It is a process that works in tandem with publishing by providing access to the data that underlies and supports research results. This workshop covers the best practices for data sharing including how to prepare a dataset for sharing and what to expect during review. A hands-on introduction to Iowa State University's new data repository, DataShare, will be provided for participants. 

University Library Open Scholarship Services

The University Library Open Scholarship Services team supports faculty, staff, and students at Iowa State who are interested in making their work open – whether it’s data, research publications, creative works, or educational materials.

Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Fully OA journals – all content is open upon publication
  • Hybrid OA journals – subscription publications that offer an OA option for an additional fee
  • OA repositories ­– the ISU Digital Repository

For more information, about OA Week or University Library Open Scholarship Services, visit open.lib.iastate.edu or email openisu@iastate.edu.