On September 26, 2016 at the OCAD University Senate Regular Business Meeting, University Senate voted unanimously to join over a dozen universities across Canada and formally endorse a Statement of Support for Open Access:
OCAD University recognizes that open access is consistent with its commitment to accessibility, transformative education, scholarship, research, and innovation. OCAD University encourages all OCAD U authors and creators to deposit their research outputs into OCAD University’s Open Research repository for preservation and dissemination.
What Does this Mean for Me?
The Statement encourages all OCAD U authors and creators to make their work open access by depositing their material in Open Research. Open access content is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Users could either upload their own works to Open Research using their OCAD U credentials (deposit guides are available) or materials can be emailed to Chris Landry, Scholarly Communications Librarian (email@example.com), who will assist with upload and publisher permissions.
Assistance is also available for digitizing past projects such as exhibition catalogues, image or media files, or published works. Only works for which permissions can be obtained will be made available.
Why is Open Access Important to OCAD University?
Open Access is a major part of transformative changes facing 21st century scholarship where funding agencies, researchers, and librarians are seeking ways to leverage the power of the internet to loosen the hold that large commercial publishers exert over publicly funded research.
Advocates for Open Access, like U of T Scarborough’s Dr. Leslie Chan, talk about how Open Access has the power to restore the social justice mission of public universities. Opening up research has the potential to facilitate discussion, remove barriers, while increasing the reach and influence of one’s work. Further, access to knowledge is in the public interest and important to a healthy democracy at a historical moment where “fake news” and “post-truth” have entered our information landscape.
From a more practical standpoint the Statement supports the priorities specified in the current draft of the OCAD University Academic Plan 2016-2021 and aligns with the Tri-Agency Policy on Open Access Publications which requires all CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC grant recipients to make their works freely accessible within 12 months of publication.
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