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Brian Glanz
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How big was OA Week this year? How comprehensive is OATP?

The Open Access Tracking Project (+OATP, @oatp) uses social tagging to generate real-time alerts to new OA-related developments -- and it aims to be comprehensive. In the six months leading up to this year's OA Week period, its primary feed published an average of 788 items per month.

The OA Week tsunami began in September, peaked in October, and tapered off in November. In those three months to date (up to Nov 22), the same feed averaged 1,097 items per month.

Of those 3,300 items, 376 or 11% were explicitly about OA Week itself, and tagged with oa.oa_week.


I run the OATP as part of the Harvard Open Access Project, and thank all the OATP taggers. I must especially thank Kelly Fitzpatrick (+L. Kelly Fitzpatrick, @freifraufitz) and Lisa Terrat (+Lisa T, @lisa_terrat) for their heroic tagging, far above and beyond their ordinary load.


Open Access Tracking Project

Harvard Open Access Project

Subscribing to the OATP primary feed

Viewing the OATP primary feed

Viewing the items tagged with oa.oa_week

Becoming an OATP tagger

#oa #openaccess #oatp

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Readings for Open Access Week.

Next week (Oct 24-28) is Open Access Week. I hope you'll find some opportune moments to talk with colleagues about OA. To me, this is the main purpose of OA Week. If you don't have opportune moments every week to talk with colleagues about OA, then use OA Week as an excuse.

Talk from a stage, your office, their office, a hallway, a sidewalk, or a café table. (I just got back from a good session at the library of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.) The setting doesn't matter. Or if it does, personal settings may matter more than impersonal ones. Make the case in a way that your colleagues will understand, which you understand because you're their colleague.

If you inspire your colleagues to want to learn more, or to act, then follow up with some suggested readings. Here's a handful of my own that I can recommend, from shortest to longest.

But lead with face-to-face conversation, not readings. Welcome the back and forth. Show that you can answer the actual concerns your colleague may have, not to mention the frequently heard questions, objections, and misunderstandings. Help your colleague understand that there's a serious problem and a beautiful solution.

Very Brief Introduction to Open Access. (1 page; available in English and 27 other languages.)

How To Make Your Own Work Open Access. (4 pages; available in English, Greek, and Spanish; regularly updated.)

Open Access: Six Myth To Put To Rest. (7 pages; from The Guardian, October 21, 2013.)

Open Access Overview. (10 pages; available in English and 11 other languages.)

Good Practices For University Open-Access Policies. (87 pages; with +Stuart Shieber; regularly updated.)

Open Access. (242 pages; from MIT Press, 2012; available in English as well as Arabic, Chinese, Polish, Spanish, and partially in Greek, with 8 other translations in progress; the book home page is regularly updated with supplements.)

Knowledge Unbound. (436 pages; from MIT Press, 2016; available in English; a Japanese translation is in progress.)

My other writings on OA.

Happy OA Week!

#oa #openaccess #oaweek

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Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication is hiring a project coordinator.

Please spread the word and help us find an extraordinary person.

#oa #openaccess #harvard

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A thesis created thanks to an open citizen science project where more than 17 thousand volunteers contributed! Data is open, thesis is open and the software, of course, is open.

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Undergrad lab course developed at +The University of Sydney  by +Alice Williamson where students do real research and share full lab books. (They even made a bunch of videos). Imagine what we might be able to achieve if lots more uni lab courses did this.

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Plum job at the Public Library of Science.

Spread the word. Help PLOS find the best person.

"[T]he Director [of] Advocacy has overall responsibility for the advocacy direction, vision and execution to support the PLOS mission and goals and overall management responsibility for the experienced group of highly motivated and collaborative advocacy staff. The Director, Advocacy will be a key leader of PLOS’ continued innovation to enable transparent, collaborative and barrier-free scientific communication....", Advocacy

#oa #openaccess #plos  

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"The drama is there in the natural world," +Chris Morgan says in this +Nature on PBS +PBS spot, and "There's just something about wild animals and wild places." +1 to that.
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