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Celebrate Open Access Day

The Duke University Libraries are participating in the first Open Access
Day, which is being marked world-wide on 14 October 2008.

Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to
encourage the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere for the
advancement and enjoyment of science and society.

To celebrate Open Access Day, the Duke Libraries
are sponsoring a special event on Tuesday, 14 October, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in room
217, Perkins Library.

The first speaker will be  James Boyle,  William Neal Reynolds Professor of
Law at Duke Law School.  Professor Boyle will focus on Creative Commons, an
organization that is working to facilitate the free availability of art,
scholarly and creative materials through online licenses that authors can
attach to their work.  He is a co-founder of the Center for the Study of
Public Domain and the Science Commons and serves as the chairman of the
Board for Creative Commons.

Boyle's talk will be followed by a panel of speakers from the Duke community
who will share their perspectives and their activities within the Open
Access arena.  The panelists will include:
    Melanie J. Dunshee, Assistant Dean for Library Services at the Law School

    Ricardo Pietrobon, MD, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Surgery and
    Anesthesiology and Director of the Biomedical Informatics Core within
    the Duke Translational Medicine Institute

    Duke student Josh Sommers. As you can read in this story about him from MSNBC, Josh is a  cancer survivor who now runs a foundation to  support research and to help care for young cancer patients.  He is also a passionate and articulate spokesman for patients' rights and the need for greater access to medical information.

At 7 p.m. an international Webcast will be available at both the Medical Center
Library (room 104) and the Link on lower floor 1 at Perkins Library.  The Webcast
features Nobel laureate Sir Richard Roberts, Ph.D., F.R.S. and Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D.,
founding editor-in-chief of PLoS Computational Biology. Both speakers will
discuss how Open Access impacts research and will answer questions on this
topic from participating campuses.

Throughout the day, the libraries will feature short video clips on open
access, offer handouts about author rights, access to research, and
copyright and distribute OA Day buttons.  If you are a supporter
of Open Access you are also invited to join our Facebook page “Open Access
Day @ Duke University”.

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Posted 7 October 2008

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