Open Access Week 2017

Win prizes, come to workshops, find OA resources via the Libraries catalog, and more!


Happy Open Access Week 2017!

This year we’re celebrating by offering several workshops and events and by promoting MIT’s new opt-in open access license. Announced in April, the license expands MIT’s faculty open access policy to include students, postdocs, researchers, and staff — anyone on campus who wants to hold onto rights to share and reuse their scholarly papers.


OA Week events:

  • Open science workshop and lunch
    Friday, October 20, 12-1:30 pm, 14N-132 (DIRC)

    OA Week is officially October 23-29, but we’re getting started early! Are you curious what open science is, or how it can be beneficial for science — or your career? How can you work more openly, and what resources at MIT exist to help you be an open scientist? Join the MIT Media Lab’s Kevin Moerman and the Libraries’ Phoebe Ayers and Katie Zimmerman for an exploration of these topics and more. We’ll cover what open science practices are and why working openly can help you; open access publishing; and open access resources at MIT.
  • Sign MIT’s new open access license and win prizes!
    Tuesday, October 24, 9am – 3pm, Lobby 10
    Come to our table in Lobby 10 to learn more about the new opt-in open access license, a tool you can use to legally hold onto rights to share and reuse your work. Get a t-shirt if you sign at the table. And, if you sign the license between October 23-29, you’ll be entered to win one of ten $100 gift certificates to the MIT Press Bookstore. Learn more about the license.
  • Wikipedia edit-a-thon
    Friday, October 27, 1 – 4:30 pm, 14N-132 (DIRC)
    Join us to celebrate OA by editing one of the largest open access projects – Wikipedia. Explore open access scholarship from MIT and beyond, including MIT dissertations and articles that are openly available. One source we’ll highlight is the MIT Libraries DSpace@MIT. Staff from the Libraries who are experienced Wikipedians will provide a short introduction to MIT open access resources and an overview of editing Wikipedia and will be available to answer questions. Drop in anytime during the session.
  • Launching next week: New OA source of articles in MIT Libraries catalog
    Searching the MIT Libraries catalog for journal articles? You’ll see a new source feeding into results lists: If an item has a DOI that matches one from oaDOI’s index of millions of open access full-text articles, the OA version will appear as an option. The MIT Libraries are excited to offer this new path to access scholarly content. oaDOI is a contribution to an OA infrastructure that, by taking readers to versions of articles that are not behind paywalls, supports MIT’s aim of democratizing access to information.
  • Underway now: Ad hoc task force on open access to MIT’s research
    MIT faculty, researchers, students, and staff in MIT’s new OA task force have been meeting twice a month since late summer to review OA policies and activities at MIT and beyond and make recommendations for what else the Institute should be doing. The task force, co-chaired by MIT Libraries Director Chris Bourg and Hal Abelson, Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is expected to run at least one calendar year; its charge includes a white paper on current state of OA and a set of recommendations.