Open Access Week 2014 (http://www.openaccessweek.org), October 20-26, 2014, is an international celebration of free online access to scholarly research. The week highlights open access resources, institutions, and individuals that work to provide open access to research materials. This week is also a time to discuss what still needs to be done to protect open access, how researchers can be supported, and how faculty and students can benefit from open access resources. This year's theme for Open Access Week is "Generation Open."
The theme "Generation Open" seeks to include students and early-career researchers in the discussion about the benefits of open access values and initiatives, whether it is access to articles or offering affordable textbooks. Students have a vested interested in open access and open education. Access to research materials is essential to an education. In the 21st century, it has become even more imperative that digital access to research be unfettered. Many students today have full-time jobs, families, or are distance or online learners. "Generation Open" will help students become open access advocates and have a voice in the quality of their education. Throughout the year, University Library and the Center for Digital Scholarship support Open Access with digital collections and IUPUI's open access digital repository, ScholarWorks. Stop by the Center for Digital Scholarship in Room 1115 in University Library or visit our website, http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/
University Library's Open Access scavenger hunt will help you hone your research skills to become better researchers and open access experts. If you want to start being involved in the open access movement and start becoming an open access expert, here is a list of resources to get you started until the scavenger hunt begins!
- Right to Research Coalition
- How to Get Started: Individual Students
- How Open Is It?
- Open Access: Unlocking the Value of Scientific Research
- 10 Tips to Save on College Textbooks