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Recently I've noticed a tendency in my prose to capitalize the words "Open Access." Somehow my mind turned a concept into a brand. I had some help, of course. For a shorthand, many that write about open access use the initialism "OA." It's easy to see how that might introduce capitalization when it comes time to spell out both words--so, "open access" becomes "OA" which is reborn as "Open Access." And, then, many fine OA advocates have worked to make Open Access a brand. With manifestos, conferences, books, and the ever present icon, Open Access is a brand--and that's a good thing too. Without all of this attention (scholarly articles, library flyers, t-shirts, and Internet marketing) many would fail to consider the benefits of open access practices; many more would assume that OA is merely something offered by big name publishers at the steep price tag of $3,000 per article. (Yes, even the subscription publishers are cashing in on the Open Access brand.)
IUPUIScholarWorks serves as the institutional repository for open access to works by IUPUI's faculty, students and community. If you're at IUPUI and you have something you want to post, join, look us up or send us a note.
Now that six months have passed since the end of the 2012/2013 school year, I thought it would be fun to see what we made available last year and how people are using it. Last year (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013) IUPUIScholarWorks collected 513 articles, theses, dissertations, posters, learning objects, reports and historical items. During that year, the repository received 57,995 unique visitors and 198,031 pageviews. The hottest submissions for the year currently include, by unique pageviews (PVs):
To celebrate the launch of the Center for Digital Scholarship we will also host a special open house in November for the campus and the community to learn more about our work. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, on the ground floor of the University Library.
The center works to provide open access to IUPUI scholarship, research data and the cultural heritage of our communities. With Kristi L. Palmer as director, the center disseminates unique scholarship, data and artifacts created by IUPUI faculty, students, staff and community partners; advocates for the rights of authors, fair use and open access to information and publications; implements best practices for the creation, description, preservation, sharing and reuse of digital collections; and provides digital scholarship consultations and literacy services.
Almost four years ago the Center for Digital Scholarship at IUPUI University Library and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway formed a partnership. The goal of this partnership was simple: to digitize large portions of the expansive photographic racing history contained within IMS’ negative collection, and by doing so, provide access to the masses. It took a lot of work and was not always easy. Many of the negatives had decayed over time and the sheer amount of negatives was often overwhelming. But in the end, the partnership was successful, and thousands of previously unavailable images depicting the vast racing history of the IMS can now be viewed by not only employees of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but race fans and scholars all over the world.
The Center for Digital Scholarship recently launched IUPUI DataWorks. As a supplement to the Center's Data Services Program, IUPUI DataWorks provides a tool whereby researchers may share data for reuse. IUPUI DataWorks is a great way to make your data available to a world of researchers. This data repository helps you keep track of how people use your data and ensures that you will have a stable link to provide to potential collaborators. For more information about our Data Services or about IUPUI DataWorks, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University Library and key campus partners have started a fund to support the publication of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis scholarship in peer-reviewed open access journals. A pilot program that encourages diverse participation across schools on the campus will make $47,000 available to IUPUI faculty over the next two years.
The IUPUI Open Access Fund will underwrite reasonable publication charges for articles published in fee-based, peer-reviewed journals that are openly accessible. This fund addresses changes in scholarly communications while increasing the impact of and access to scholarship created by IUPUI faculty. Key campus stakeholders, including the IUPUI University Library, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, IU School of Dentistry and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, are providing the financial backing for the fund.