Sunday, October 12, 2008

International Open Access Day: October 14th

Tuesday, October 14, is the first international Open Access Day. Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a live webcast and participate in a lively discussion in the Academic Commons electronic classroom on the main level of Mudd.

The webcast features Sir Richard Roberts, Ph.D., F.R.S., joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993 for discovering split genes and RNA splicing and one of 26 Nobel Prize-winners to sign an Open Letter to U.S. Congress in support of taxpayer access to publicly funded research.

Open Access is a growing international movement that makes peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature available on the Internet without barriers. Open Access Day is an opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the benefits of making research information free and openly accessible.

Open Access Day is jointly sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for FreeCulture.

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