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Open Access Week 2010 Speaker Series at UC Davis

Open Access Week ( (October 18-22) is an international event promoting open access: the idea that scholarly research should be freely and openly available to all. For Open Access Week 2010, the UC Davis Libraries are sponsoring a speaker series featuring renowned experts in open access issues. Please join us for these free lectures about the future of scholarly communication. See for further talk descriptions. Questions? Please contact Phoebe Ayers, or 530-752-9948.

OA week 2010 speakers

Catherine Mitchell and Patricia Cruse (California Digital Library)

“CDL Scholarly Publishing and Data Curation Services: Tools to Help You Manage Your Research at UC Davis”

  • Monday, October 18, 10am-12pm
  • Location: Shields Library, 2nd floor Library Instruction Room

Looking to expand the visibility of your work? Interested in reaching new communities with your research? Wondering how you are going to meet NSF’s new data management requirement? Come learn about exciting initiatives coming out of the California Digital Library that can help you achieve all these goals and more. See: and

Dr. Jonathan Eisen (PLoS Biology, UCD Genomics)

“What is ‘Open Access’ Publishing in Scientific Research?”

  • Thursday, October 21, 10am-11am
  • Location: Shields Library, 1st floor Library Instruction Lab

Dr. Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist and genomics researcher at UC Davis, focused on microorganisms. Dr. Eisen is also an active blogger ( and also the Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology, one of the most pre-eminent open access journals. He will speak about PLoS and the importance of open access in scientific publication. See:

Marta Brunner (Open Humanities Press, UCLA Libraries)

“The Open Humanities Press and the Development of New Publishing Opportunities in the Humanities”

  • Thursday, October 21, 1pm-3pm
  • Location: 126 Voorhies

Marta Brunner shares her experience on the Steering Group at the Open Humanities Press (OHP), an international publishing collective in critical and cultural theory. Brunner, who is also a UCLA librarian, will discuss the opportunities and challenges Open Access models bring to humanities scholars in the context of the broader crisis in humanities publishing. See

John Wilbanks (Science Commons)

“The Unreasonable Impact of Open Access”

  • Friday, October 22, 11am-12pm
  • Location: Kemper Hall 1065

John Wilbanks is the head of the Science Commons project at Creative Commons, which aims to lower the barriers to research and sharing data and to develop tools to make open, web-based science easier. Wilbanks will talk about how free sharing of data and research helps improve scientific research, how open systems can improve quality measurement, and the impact of moving away from journal articles as the core form of knowledge transmission. See:

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