The sixth annual worldwide event, Open Access Week, begins today. The event encourages the sharing of knowledge from academic and research communities globally.
“Open Access is the free, immediate, permanent, full-text online access for any use web-wide to digital and scholarly material,” David Stern, associate dean for public services at Milner Library, said.
Open access means that any individual user in any location who has Internet access may link, read, download, store, print-off, use and data mine the digital content, Stern added.
Milner is introducing two “Thought Experiments” addressing student recognition and timely manner.
“These two scenarios raise important issues about potential embargoes on student work,” Stern said.
There will be a mock trial at 3 p.m. on Friday at Milner Library for students to attend.
“We will be exploring student concerns about the balance between promoting student work and protecting research information before publication,” Stern said. “This demonstration of expertise is a real interest for students looking for jobs or applying to graduate school.”
Milner hopes to begin to understand the underlying pressures and work toward guidelines for posting material in ISU ReD institutional repository for future student-faculty collaborations from this event, he added.
Stern said the turn-out of the event depends on student interest.
“This event will help students understand their interests and responsibilities within the scholarly community,” he said. “It will help them understand why and how information is created, evaluated, distributed and managed.”