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John Willinsky: Open Access@UO

John Willinsky, visionary leader  in digital scholarship and open access, talked about  “Open Access to Knowledge and the Intellectual Properties of Learning” December 4 at 3 p.m. in Knight Library’s Browsing Room.

John Willinsky

With faculty appointments at the Stanford School of Education and the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Willinsky is an Open Access pioneer. As founder of the Public Knowledge Project, he developed the Open Journal Systems for serials publishing, and, more recently, the Open Monograph Press for book-length works. He was instrumental in convincing the Stanford School of Education to adopt an open access deposit mandate for all  faculty members.

Dev Sinha (Math) & John Willinsky. (And the ghost? JQ Johnson, director of Scholarly Communications.)

Willinsky describes his research as focusing on “analyzing and altering scholarly publishing practices to understand whether this body of knowledge might yet become more of a public resource for learning and deliberation.” He argues that the use of new publishing technologies and new economic models will improve access to scholarly work for the advancement of public knowledge.

Willinsky has written on such topics as Wikipedia and the effects of open access initiatives on public knowledge and academic scholarship. His most recent book, “The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship,” was published by MIT Press.

Preaching to the choir? Yes, but a terrific sermon.

The final lecture was sponsored by the UO Libraries, the Oregon Humanities Center and the Oregon State University Libraries as part of the “Year of the Book” series at UO.

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2 Responses

  1. […] of discussion amongst students regarding future support for Open Knowledge initiatives. I found a blog that talks a little bit more about Dr. Willinsky’s work as a visionary leader in digital […]

  2. […] the lead author: UO had John Willinsky here for Open Access Week 2009. What a charming and dedicated and inexhaustible apostle for the next age of publishing. Would that the OJS bible were as conversational! But that’s […]

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