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What is Opentober?

At CU Boulder, Opentober 2020 is an opportunity to come together through a variety of events and activities throughout the month of October in order to discuss the ways in which our community can make its scholarship more equitable and more open to the world. Opentober is an extension of International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its thirteenth year, which is an opportunity for open access advocates to engage their communities to teach them about the potential benefits of publishing Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research (SPARC).

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Open Scholarship for Beginners: A Mini Series of Workshops

This workshop series will introduce participants to a wide range of concepts and perspectives in Open Access publishing, including:

Full Schedule of Workshops

Unlocking COVID-19 through Open Access

Unlocking COVID-19 through Open Access is a video series produced by the University Libraries that highlights CU Boulder faculty and researchers using the open access publishing model to make their work on COVID-19 more accessible to the public.

Watch: "Unlocking COVID-19 through Open Access" with Morteza Karimzadeh
Dr. Morteza Karimzadeh, an assistant professor of Geography at CU Boulder, is using open geospatial data and demographic data to learn more about mitigation and mobility in the United States during the pandemic.

Watch "Unlocking COVID-19 through Open Access" with Shelly Miller
Dr. Shelley Miller, professor of Mechanical Engineering, reaches a broad audience by sharing preprints of her research studying airborne and aerosol transmission of the virus through CU Scholar, the university’s institutional repository.

Forthcoming: "Unlocking COVID-19 through Open Access" with Jason Shuo Zhang
Jason Shuo Zhang, a recent CU graduate of the Computer Science program and current postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Humans and Machines (CHM) at Max Planck Institute for Human Development, along with his research group has been studying responses to the pandemic through Reddit forums and making their work openly accessible on the preprint repository arXiv.

The Importance of Open Government: An Audio Documentary

In the lead-up to the election, this audio documentary features CU Boulder researchers and librarians who will speak about the importance of open government, information transparency, and informed citizenship, as well as bring attention to the role of information access in both the empowerment and disenfranchisement of communities.

Check out the podcast here: The Importance of Open Government

Which Costs More?

This quiz will test your knowledge of library resources by comparing them to popular commodities and experiences, and ask you to determine which costs more. Along the way, you will learn more about the value provided by Libraries purchased subscription resources and how Open Access seeks to make access to scholarly resources more equitable and sustainable.

Release Date: October 1st

The Opentober 2020 Committee

These events and activities are brought to you by the CU Boulder Libraries Opentober 2020 Committee:

Arthur Aguilera, Collection Assessment Librarian
Melissa Cantrell, Scholarly Communication Librarian
Emily Dommermuth, Science & Engineering Librarian
Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Digital Scholarship Librarian
Stacy Gilbert, Social Sciences Librarian
Sarah Hagerman, Norlin Commons Manager
Abbey Lewis, STEM Learning & Collections Librarian
Merinda McLure, Health & Human Sciences Librarian
Liz Novosel, Liaison & Projects Librarian
Linds Roberts, Education Librarian
Amanda Rybin Koob, Literature and Humanities Librarian
Lisa Tatum, Manager of Circulating Materials
Allan Van Hoye, Government Information and Civic Literacy Librarian
Phil White, Earth, Environment & Geospatial Librarian
Claire Woodcock, Communications Specialist