Fwd: OASIS Open Access Source Book Now Online

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Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:04:18 -0400

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From: Jennifer McLennan <jennifer_at_arl.org>
Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 3:29 PM
Subject: [SOAF] OASIS Open Access Source Book Now Online
To: SPARC Open Access Forum <SPARC-OAForum_at_arl.org>

For immediate release
June 25, 2009

For more information, contact:
Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

OASIS Open Access Source Book Now Online
Open Access Week partner a one-stop shop for Open Access education

Washington, DC ? A new portal for educational materials on the
?concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving
Open Access,? the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook
(OASIS), is now online. Launched at the recent ELPUB meeting, the new
Web resource was featured at an Open Access Week Web cast today.

OASIS aims to provide an authoritative ?sourcebook? on Open Access.
The site highlights developments and initiatives from around the
world, with links to diverse additional resources and case studies.
Materials are presented according to specific focus areas, to reflect
diverse interest in wider access to research. OASIS focus areas
highlight Researchers, Librarians, Publishers, Administrators, the
Public, and Students.

Administrators visiting the site are invited to explore the
?Institutional Advantages of Open Access? and consider: Business
Aspects of Institutional Open Access Repositories; Institutional
Repositories for Research Management and Assessment; Developing an
Institutional Open Access Policy; The Optimal Open Access Policy for
Institutions; and more.

Topics for Researchers zero in on the ?Benefits of Open Access for
research dissemination,? and offer in-depth discussions on: Open
Access-What is it and why should we have it?; Citation impact;
Managing your research profile; Ways to provide Open Access to your
work; Author's Rights and Author Addenda; and Publisher Permissions
and Embargoes.

OASIS is a community-building as much as a resource-building exercise.
Users are encouraged to share and download the resources provided, and
to modify and customize them for local use.

The site is coordinated by Alma Swan, of Key Perspectives Ltd, UK and
Leslie Chan, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada and overseen by
a steering committee and advisory board of international Open Access
experts and advocates.

?OASIS should help every kind of OA outreach and educational effort
find the most effective material and avoid reinventing the wheel,?
said Peter Suber, SPARC?s Senior Researcher, Editor of Open Access
News and member of the OASIS Steering Committee. ?Use it as is,
improve it, help it grow, and spread the word.  Kudos to Alma and
Leslie for bringing this useful idea from drawing board to launch.?

OASIS and the Open Access Directory are central components in the
program for Open Access Week (October 19 to 23, 2009), which will
feature educational tools that local hosts can use to design events
that suit local audiences and time zones. Sample program tracks drawn
from OASIS, which highlight ?Author?s rights and author addenda - For
researchers? and ?Institutional Advantages from Open Access - For
administrators,? have been released for participants to use to design
or inspire their plans for the week. The organizers of Open Access
Week invite feedback on the sample tracks as well as contributions to
OASIS and the Open Access Directory. Additional sample tracks will be
developed with advice from registered Open Access Week participants.

For a recording of today?s Web cast, more information about Open
Access Week and to register your participation, visit
For more information about OASIS, visit http://www.openoasis.org
For more information about the Open Access Directory, visit


About Open Access Week

Open Access Week, October 19 ? 23, 2009, is an opportunity to broaden
awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including
access policies from all types of research funders, within the
international higher education community and the general public. 120
campuses in 27 countries celebrated Open Access Day in 2008. Open
Access Week is being organized by SPARC, the Public Library of
Science, Students for FreeCulture, eIFL, OASIS, and the Open Access
Directory. Promotional partners include SPARC Europe, SPARC Japan,
DOAJ, OASPA, BIREME, OSI, SURF, Open-access.net, and PKP. To register
to participate in Open Access Week, or for more information, visit


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with
SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more
than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open
system of scholarly communication. SPARC?s advocacy, educational and
publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of
research. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc.

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Communications
(202) 296-2296 x121
Fax: (202) 872-0884
October 19 - 23


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