Open Access week is Oct. 24-30! This is an annual international event focusing on open access and related topics. The University Libraries and the Open Science Interest Group, a campus student group, are hosting several events to celebrate.
Increasing Openness and Transparency in Academic Research
When: Monday, Oct. 24, 3:00-4:00 PM
Where: UMC 247
Presenter: John Lurquin
Description: Reproducibility in science is continuing to receive a lot of attention with more and more highly cited findings failing to replicate. Although there are several reasons why a finding might not replicate, most of the focus has been on the lack of openness and transparency in research and how this degrades the validity of reported findings. During this talk, I will describe how certain interventions aimed at increasing transparency in research are becoming standard practice among scientific communities, funding agencies, journals, and hiring/promotion committees. We will then have an open discussion on how these practices might be adopted at the university level. What barriers to transparency exist in your discipline? What types of resources are needed to make the detailed reporting of research easier? Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Open the World of Data with Web APIs
When: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12:00-1:00 PM
Where: Norlin Library E113
Presenter: Phil White and Andrew Johnson
Description: All are welcome at this introductory workshop on APIs. An Application Program Interface (API) in simple terms is an interface between applications that allows you to access information or data on the web that might otherwise be difficult or time consuming to collect. For example, a web API can be used to access data.gov, quickly download data from Twitter, or geolocate address information. In this workshop, we will explain how web APIs work and how to use them to access data. We will also demonstrate easy to use tools to get started with APIs. No programming experience necessary.
Implementing Open Research Practices with the Open Science Framework
When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 9:30-10:30AM
Where: UMC 247
Presenter: Andrew Johnson and Laura Michaelson
Description: The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free and open source tool that allows you to manage all the components of your research project (files, data, protocols, references, etc.) from one simple web interface. Most importantly, it integrates easily with the tools you already use in your everyday workflows (Google Drive, Dropbox, GitHub, Zotero, etc.). This workshop will explore the many features of the OSF, including its project management and collaboration capabilities, with an eye toward implementing open and transparent research practices. Learn how to leverage the OSF to enhance your research workflows! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Here are some additional resources that the University Libraries provide that support open access.
- CU Scholar is the University Library’s Institutional Repository, where members of the CU community can deposit publications and other scholarly works, making them more available and meeting the University’s Open Access Policy (for faculty publications).
- The University Libraries Open Access Fund, which can cover article processing and publishing fees to publish in full open access journals.