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Open Access in the Age of a Pandemic [SDGs 3, 16]
Tuesday, 27/Oct/2020:
11:00am - 12:30pm

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ID: 125 / [Single Presentation of ID 125]: 1
Panels & Alternative Events
90 minutes
Topics: Library and Information Science
Keywords: Open access, scholarly communication, digital scholarship

Open Access in the Age of a Pandemic [SDGs 3, 16]

Daniel G. Alemneh1, Suliman Hawamdeh1, Hsia-Ching {Carrie} Chang1, Abebe Rorissa2, Shimelis Assefa3, Kris Swen Helge4

1University of North Texas, USA; 2University at Albany, State University of New York, USA; 3University of Denver, USA; 4Texas Woman’s University, USA

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of transparency, open, and timely access to information. Open Access (OA) has the potential to increase the exposure and use of not only published research but also authoritative and reliable information. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted the work of journalists, scientists, and doctors while ordinary citizens are seeking trusted information sources and the truth about the new virus. Government and private institutions worldwide are reacting to the new situation where researchers, educators, students, and staff are trying to adjust to remote teaching and learning as well as telecommuting. In March 2020, a message from the White House was sent to the Scholarly Publishing Community asking them to make all COVID-19 papers openly available and machine readable. Considering the evolving and unresolved issues around Open Access and scholarly communications, together with the UN 2030 Agenda (a plan of action for sustainable, universal development), this panel brings together diverse perspectives to review the current landscape of open access and shed light on the role it plays in such crises. The panel will also discuss the future implications and impact of the pandemic in the overall advancement of scholarship in general.

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