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Scholarly Communication @ UH Manoa: Open Access News & Events

Scholarly communication news and events for researchers at UH Manoa

What Is Open Access Week?

Open Access Week is an international event providing the global academic and research community the opportunity to learn about and share experiences with Open Access (OA) with the aim of helping to make OA a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. OA has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship.

Open Access Week 2016

October 24-28, 2016

Visit International Open Access Week for more information. Contact us at or to get involved.

Look for the Student Information Tables set up across campus during Open Access Week 2016. You should find these in front of Hamilton LibraryMonday, October 24th - Tuesday October 26th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and in the Campus Center from Thursday, October 27th - Friday, October 28th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Stop by to chat, to participate in an OA Word Cloud project, and snag some sweets and swag!





Open Access at the Intersection of Political Economy and Social Justice

Monday, October 24, 11:30 am-12:30pm
Kuykendall Hall, Room 106
*Please bring your own brown bag lunch. Cookies & coffee provided.*

Register here.

Presenter: Sveta Stoytcheva

Open Access is often framed in terms of social justice. The political economies of knowledge production and distribution ensure that scholarly information is prohibitively expensive for all but the privileged few affiliated with wealthy institutions. The high cost of textbooks has a disparate impact on marginalized students’ access to education. This session will introduce these and other ways in which open access intersects with social justice. Additional points of discussion include questions of labor, cultural appropriation, and representation in the academy. This session will consist of a short (20-minute) presentation followed by a facilitated discussion. The goal of this session is to encourage participants to be critical, intentional, and intersectional in their open access advocacy.

Sveta Stoytcheva is a Humanities Librarian at Hamilton Library. Her research interests include digital humanities, critical pedagogy, and the politics of scholarly communication and information access.

Copyright, Intellectual Property, Creative Commons & Fair Use Panel

Tuesday, October 25, 10:30am-11:30am
Kuykendall Hall, Room 201
*Morning pastries provided - bring your own coffee.*

Register here.

(This session will be recorded and streamed to KCC, LCC, West Oahu, Kauai, and Maui)

Presenters: Brian Huffman, Debbie Halbert, Billy Meinke, and Peter Shirts

Brian Huffman: Open Access is fraught with copyright issues as a creator and user of others works. I will address some of the key points to consider when using others OA materials or creating your own. Brian Huffman is the electronic services librarian at William S. Richardson School of Law. He teaches Scholarly Research and has presented on Open Education Resources (OER).

Debbie Halbert: Title: "For a limited time: Copyright maximalism in the information age.” Debora Halbert is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Over the last several decades, she has written extensively on issues of intellectual property. Her most recent work includes The State of Copyright (2014), the co-edited Handbook of Intellectual Property (2015) and the co-authored book Owning the World of Ideas (2015).

Billy Meinke: Copyright hasn't kept up with our ability to share and collaborate in a digital age. Creative Commons (CC) licenses are a free, easy way to unlock the potential of our collective knowledge and creativity. An overview of CC licenses, how they work, and examples of where they are already a part of our lives. Billy is an instructional designer and open education advocate, currently serving as the OER Technologist for the UHM Outreach College. He formerly worked at Creative Commons, specializing in education applications of their open licenses.

Peter Shirts: Just how much of that book can you copy? Well, it's complicated. Learn about the four factors of Fair Use and how to apply them. Peter Shirts is the Music and Audiovisual Librarian and the Acting Head of Sinclair Library and the Wong Audiovisual Center, but is not a lawyer.

A Look at OA Monograph Publishing and an Open-Access Publishing Cooperative

Tuesday, October 25, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Kuykendall Hall, Room 106
*Brownies & coffee provided.*

Register here.

Presenters: Katherine Fisher and Alex Golub

Ms. Fisher will speak on the topic of monograph publishing in light of open access. While open-access journals are becoming increasingly commonplace, OA has been slower to take hold in the book sector of scholarly publishing. This presentation will explore some of the practical and financial challenges involved in OA monograph publishing and survey promising models being developed by academic publishers and independent organizations. Dr. Golub will discuss his recent publication, Why An Open-Access Publishing Cooperative Can Work: A Proposal for the AAA’s Journal Portfolio.

Katherine is currently a digital publishing coordinator at the University of Hawai'i Press and a graduate student in UH's Library and Information Science program. She has worked in various capacities at three university presses and holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan.

Alex is an associate professor of anthropology at UHM. He is a long-time advocate for open access publishing and has examine its effect on scholarly communication.

The Importance of OA for Early Career Researchers

Wednesday, October 26, 10:00am-11:00am
Kuykendall Hall, Room 106
*Pastries & coffee provided.*

Register here.

Presenters: Robert Davey and Elizabeth Seiver

Robert Davey, a researcher at the Earlham Institute, and Elizabeth Seiver, host of #PLOScast and researcher at Public Library of Science (PLOS), will join us for a discussion on how they became involved in the open access movement, and why it's important to their work as early career researchers.

Rob started his career with an undergraduate degree in microbiology, completed his PhD in computer science in 2005, and is now leading software development projects in the biological sciences, with a complete focus on open source software and data. Only good things happen when openness is the driver! He is also a bona fide coffee fanatic.

Elizabeth completed her PhD in psychology in 2013 at UC Berkeley. At PLOS, she studies science and science publishing itself, from the efficacy of open peer review to cultural differences between research disciplines. She also hosts PLOScast, a podcast dedicated to interviews with thought leaders on the future of academia and the changing experiences of scientists.

Distinguish Yourself: Create Your Own Research Collection and Register with ORCID

Wednesday, October 26, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Hamilton Library, Room 301
*Cookies & snacks provided.*
Bring your own device.
Bring a sample of your research.

Please RSVP here:

Facilitators: Daniel Ishimitsu and Kathleen Luschek

Would you like to deposit your research into ScholarSpace, the UHM Institutional Repository? Would you like help creating a unique collection of your research for the world to see?

How about registering in ORCID to obtain a unique researcher identifier?

To learn more stop by Hamilton Library and let our specialized staff assist you in making your research more visible. Don’t forget to bring a sample of your research to add to ScholarSpace!

Keynote by President Lassner

Thursday, October 27, 10:00am-11:00am
Hamilton Library, Sunny Alcove
*Morning pastries & coffee provided.*

Please RSVP here:

Presenter: President Lassner

An internationally respected leader in information technology for higher education, David Lassner is the president of the 10-campus University of Hawai‘i System—the chief executive officer of the state’s only public institution of higher education. He is also currently serving as interim chancellor of UH Manoa. He has worked at UH since 1977 in progressively responsible technical, management and executive positions and has served numerous community roles locally, nationally and internationally.

Pueo Library Strives to Cut the Cost of College/ Open Educational Resources at UHM

Thursday, October 27, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Kuykendall Hall, Room 106
*Pizza & coffee provided.*

Register here.

Presenters: Eddie Bond and Billy Meinke

University of Hawaii Graduate Student, Eddie Bond, became frustrated with the high cost of textbooks so much that he started a free textbook lending library for his fellow students on campus. Come and listen to how Eddie is advocating for textbooks and the challenges of running the Pueo Library. Billy will speak about the principles of Open Educational Resources (OER), alternatives to costly textbooks, and his new role as OER Technologist for the Manoa Campus.

Eddie Bond, the founder of Pueo Library, is a UHM graduate student working on a Masters in Communicology.

Billy Meinke is an instructional designer and open education advocate, currently serving as the OER Technologist for the UHM Outreach College. He formerly worked at Creative Commons, specializing in education applications of their open licenses.

OpenDrinks @ JJ French Pastry & Bistro

Thursday, October 27, 6:00pm for dinner and 7:00pm for discussion
*Participants are responsible for their dinner charges.*
JJ's is a BYOB establishment, but Tamura's is conveniently located across the street.
Open to everyone, but seating is limited, so arrive at 6:00pm if you'd like dinner before the presentation.

JJ Bistro Pastry & Bistro
3447 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu, HI

Presenters: Burt Lum and Jenifer Winter

Please join this community event for lively discussion and good food. Burt and Jenifer will share their perspectives on open data and how data can be misused by certain organizations or agencies in our society. They will also share why and how they first got involved in Open Access and ways that you can get involved with open data in your community. It should prove to be an enjoyable and enlightening evening.

Many people know Burt Lum from Bytemarks Cafe - the radio show that runs every Wednesday on Hawaii Public Radio. But Burt is also the Executive Director of Hawaii Open Data, a public charitable organization dedicated to advancing the adoption of open data/knowledge in Hawaii and is an instructor at UH in the Information & Computer Science Department. Burt has also organized the annual grassroots technology event, Unconferenz, for the past nine years.

Dr. Jenifer Winter is an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Co-Director of the Pacific ICTD Collaborative. Her research focuses on communication policy and planning in ubiquitous network societies.

Wikipedia Editing: Hawaiian Mythology

Friday, October 28, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Hamilton Library, Sunny Alcove
Bring your own device.
Please RSVP here:

Facilitators: Keahiahi Long, Keala Richard, and Amy Trimble

Gain insight into how Wikipedia works, learn about Hawaiian Mythology, and try your hand at some actual Wikipedia page editing. Keahiahi Long, librarian of the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and Keala Richard, LIS graduate student and recent intern at Smithsonian Libraries, will speak on representing Hawaiian culture and mythology through Wikipedia and share some thoughts and helpful tips on editing Wikipedia. The last hour will be devoted to a Wikipedia-edit-a-thon to research and update the Hawaiian Mythology pages.


Check out SPARC news for updates on scholarly communication and open access from the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition.

Perceptions of open access publishing are changing for the better, a survey by Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan finds, August 13, 2015

A survey of 22,000 academic researchers by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan has found that a decreasing number of authors are concerned about perceptions of the quality of open access publications.

Graduate students adopt Open Access policy for scholarship, May 4, 2015

In a move to expand community and public access to academic research, graduate students at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa have voted in favor of inclusion in the existing faculty Open Access policy to make their scholarly articles available for free to scholars, educators, policymakers and the public worldwide.

Open for Collaboration,Open Access Week 2015, March 4, 2015

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced that the theme for this year’s 8th International Open Access Week will be “Open for Collaboration.”

According to the "State of the Commons" report by Creative Commons, as of November 2014 there are around 882 million works licensed under CC licenses. See: "Next Year, One Billion Works Will Be Free to Use Online," published in the Atlantic on November 20, 2014. See related: "Why Isn't Academic Research Free to Everyone?," published in the Atlantic on November 19, 2014.

In June 2014, PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed, open access research journal, published its 100,000 article seven years after its launch. You can also read more about PLOS Medicine published author, John Ioannidis whose article, Why Most Published Research Findings Are False, published in August 2005, has now surpassed 1 million views as of April 2014.

On January 17, 2014, Congress passed a spending bill requiring free access to publicly funded research, expanding “the departments mandated by law to share the research they fund . . .  raising the total of federally funded research required to be made open access by $2 billion to $31 billion or just over half the U.S. research funding budget.” See the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014.

The architecture of access to scientific knowledge: just how badly we have messed ths up. Amazing talk at CERN by Lawrence Lessig, April 18, 2011.

"University of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs", by Jennifer Howard, June 8, 2010

The University of California system has said "enough" to the Nature Publishing Group, one of the leading commercial scientific publishers, over a big proposed jump in the cost of the group's journals.

On Tuesday, a  letter went out to all of the university's faculty members from the California Digital Library, which negotiates the system's deals with publishers, and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication. The letter said that Nature proposed to raise the cost of California's license for its journals by 400 percent next year. If the publisher won't negotiate, the letter said, the system may have to take "more drastic actions" with the help of the faculty. Those actions could include suspending subscriptions to all of the Nature Group journals the California system buys access to­ 67 in all, including Nature.

Read the whole article in The Chronicle.

Public Statement from Nature Publishing Group regarding subscription renewals at California Digital Library (CDL), June 9, 2010

Response from the University of California to the Public statement from Nature Publishing Group regarding subscription renewals at the California Digital Library, June 10, 2010

Open Letter on Open Access, September 23, 2009
An article from Inside Higher Ed, universities' support of the Federal Research Access Act of 2009.

Breakthrough on Open Access, September 15, 2009
An article from Inside Higher Ed, describing the 2009 Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity.

Compact for Open-access Publishing Equity for universities committed to "the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds." First signed by universities in 2009, with more continuing to join.