Open Access Week Events and Webcasts

International Open Access Week is October 19-25. Portland State University Library joins this global event to celebrate, promote, and discuss open access, the movement to make scholarly content readily and freely available to the public. During the week, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight library services, resources, and promote webcasts and events on open access issues.

First up: Open Access Week events and webcasts!OAW Logo

Monday, October 19th


Wikipedia Open Access Edit-a-thon Kick-Off Webcast
9:00 a.m. Pacific

Join the OA Week Edit-a-thon to add, improve, and translate OA content on and around Wikipedia! According to the organizers, the goals are “to improve already existing Open Access-related pages, to create new content where it needs to be added, and to translate Open Access-related pages into languages where they don’t yet exist. ” And they need volunteers! Sign up through the website. 

Wednesday, October 21st


Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Progress Check-in Webcast
9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you’re participating in the Edit-a-thon, attend the check-in to review progress and gets answers to questions.

Altmetrics & Open Access
10:00 a.m. Pacific

A one-hour webinar about comprehensive and modern metrics, sometimes called alternative metrics or altmetrics, and how they can help open access initiatives. Topics will include the definition of new metrics, how open access relates to these metrics, and how you can use them in institutional repositories to engage scholars. Presenter: Andrea Michalek, President & Co-Founder, Plum Analytics

Thursday, October 22nd


Open Access and Research Impact: Using Altmetrics
7:00 a.m. Pacific

Interested in using altmetrics to understand the broader interest in your research? This session will provide an introduction to altmetrics, and explain how and why it is becoming increasingly important in ensuring researchers can demonstrate the impact of their work.

Adapting an Open Textbook for Psychology Courses
12:00 p.m. Pacific

The psychology department at Chemeketa Community College knew that textbook prices had increased to the point where it was unsustainable for students to purchase them. Join Program Chair Adam Privitera for a presentation on selecting and adapting an open psychology textbook for their introductory psychology sequence.

Friday, October 23rd


Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Virtual Wrap-Up Party
9:00 a.m. Pacific

If you’re participating in the Edit-a-thon, attend the wrap-up party!

If you’d like to learn more about Open Access, please contact Emily Ford, Urban & Public Affairs Librarian and Scholarly Communication Co-Coordinator.