Open Access Week

SFU Harbour Centre is hosting an event as part of the annual International Open Access Week, and is a collaboration between the UBC Library, SFU Library, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), BC Campus and the BC Research Libraries Group (BCRLG).

Open for Collaboration: Is it Time for Canada to Implement A Unified Open Strategy for Higher Education?

Embedded within the vision of post-secondary institutions across British Columbia are the values of contributing to knowledge across disciplines and sharing the results of research with the local and global communities. Spurred by the need to make higher education accessible to all, the open movement has gained ground as the Internet evolved to enable easy sharing of different forms of media. However, while the notion of “open” in higher education has been growing in British Columbia, the default scholarly approach is still closed. It is time for the scholarly conversation to shift from why open, to why not open?

This event will feature a keynote from John Willinksy, Director of the Public Knowledge Project, and a panel discussion with notable speakers in the open movement:

  • Dr. John Willinksy, Director of the Public Knowledge Project, Khosla Family Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University, Professor in Publishing Studies at SFU, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the SFU Library.
  • Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin, Professor in Publishing Studies at SFU and a collaborator on the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University.
  • David Ascher, VP of Product for the Mozilla Foundation
  • Inba Kehoe, Copyright Officer and Scholarly Communication Librarian at University of Victoria Libraries.
  • Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager, Open Education at BCcampus
  • Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) J. Redfield, Professor in the Department of Zoology at UBC

The event will take place on October 22, 2015 from 5:30–8:30 pm. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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