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OA and the Evolving Scholarly Communication Environment workshop in Uganda
On July 9-11, 2012, Makerere University will host Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) and EIFL workshop “Open Access and the Evolving Scholarly Communication Environment”. The workshop is the first event within EIFL-funded project “Promoting the adoption of campus-based, faculty-driven open access policies”. The workshop will be followed by a series of meetings with policy makers, research managers and researchers on July 12-13.
Open access is a viable solution to existing problems in scholarly communication. It is now being debated by governments and publishers and mandated by funding bodies and universities throughout the world. There are considerable economic, social and educational benefits to making research outputs available without financial, legal and technical barriers to access. These benefits will be presented at the workshop and strategies for collective advocacy of open access to research results will be discussed.
Open access has changed the profile of academic and research libraries – they partner with scientists and research managers to set up open repositories, to curate research data and to develop open access policies, with scholarly publishers – to publish open access journals and books, and with educators – to produce open educational resources, ensuring the quality of digital content, its reuse and sharing.
The workshop aims to promote the adoption of campus-based, faculty-driven open access policies. Currently, lack of policies have limited faculty to contribute content to open access institutional repositories.
Practical sessions will include case studies on successful management of open repositories and open access journals, training on how to start, how to draft open access policies, and the best approaches to collaborative promotion of research outputs.
The three-day workshop will specifically address the following issues:
- How to maximize the visibility of research publications and improve the quality, impact and influence of research?
- How to disseminate the research results in the most efficient way?
- How to showcase the quality of research in universities and research institutions?
- What are the new tools to better measure and manage research in such institutions?
- How to collect and curate the digital outputs?
- Libraries in the evolving scholarly communication environment.
- Open access journals, open access repositories and open access books; synergies with other forms of openness (open data, open educational resources, open cultural heritage).
- Promoting the adoption of campus-based, faculty-driven open access policies
- Benefits and strategies for collective advocacy of open access to research results.
- How to start and the best approaches to collaborative promotion of research outputs: policies and best practices.
- Creation, use, dissemination and preservation of traditional paper-based theses and dissertations in electronic form and making them widely accessible.
Target audience: libraries and researchers from CUUL selected institutions. The participants of the workshop will be expected to carry out similar workshops and events in their institutions.