WHOA! How the White House Open Access Directive Will Affect You

April 3, 2013
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

Room: Teaching Commons, 26th floor

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Charles Schweik

The Workshop in the Study of Knowledge Commons will host a brown bag discussion titled “WHOA! How the White House Open Access Directive Will Affect You.”

These days everyone from private funders to government agencies seems to be considering how to ensure that research — and data — is openly accessible. Earlier this year the White House mandated open access for federal agencies, and in Great Britain, all publicly funded scientific research now must be freely accessible to all.

Laura Quilter, a copyright attorney and librarian at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library’s Scholarly Communication Office, will lead a discussion about what these regulatory changes mean for research and publication by members of the UMass community.

The Workshop in the Study of Knowledge Commons is a non-hierarchical group of UMass faculty, staff and students that meets informally and regularly to work collaboratively to discuss and conduct research on new models for production and sharing of information that can feed humanity's “knowledge.” This interest is fueled by the ease with which we now can collaborate globally, thanks to Internet-based technologies, on such endeavors as open-access information and media; crowd-sourced systems of production; open-education initiatives; open-source software systems; and open-source hardware.

For more information, email Associate Professor Charles Schweik at cschweik@pubpol.umass.edu.