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bOokmArks events – Open Conversations about Open Access Books
30 September 2020 at 9:38 am EDT #37636
This is a place where we will share information about forthcoming boOkmArks events, and you can post questions and engage in discussion about the topics covered. Each boOkmArks event will cover a subject related to OA books, and each will have the following structure:
1) BLOG POST: there will be a blog post (usually by the speaker) up on our Site a week prior to the event.
2) SUBMIT QUESTIONS: if you wish, you can submit questions, comments and responses on the post itself or in this discussion thread, for the speaker to address.
3) EVENT: the speaker will attend a live online event to discuss the topic, hosted by the OABN. There will be a Q&A afterwards, when we will welcome questions from the floor and ask anything posted on the blog post or the boards before the event.
If you’d like to propose a topic for a boOkmArks event (including in a language other than English) please email us at email@example.com or drop a comment in this thread.
The boOkmArks events are all listed in our Calendar too, and we’re working on a blog page to act as a list of forthcoming events and an archive of previous talks — so keep an eye out for that.
30 September 2020 at 9:44 am EDT #37637
The first two boOkmArks events are up:
- OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit: demo and discussion with Eelco Ferwerda, Thursday 1st October 3pm BST/4pm CEST
- ‘Diversifying Readership Through Open Access’, discussing the recent SN/COARD paper on OA book usage with Ros Pyne and Cameron Neylon, Tuesday 6th October 4pm BST / 5pm CEST
13 October 2020 at 1:06 pm EDT #37976
13 October 2020 at 1:57 pm EDT #37980
The next boOkmArk event is next week! On Tuesday October 20th at 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CEST we will interview Peter Suber and Milica Ševkušić about the Open Access Tracking Project. The blog post is here – submit any questions you have on the post or in this thread, and join us on the day via this link. Hope to see many of you there!
19 October 2020 at 12:16 pm EDT #39132
Just a quick reminder that the next boOkmArk event is TOMORROW at 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CEST; we will interview Peter Suber and Milica Ševkušić about the Open Access Tracking Project. The blog post is here – submit any questions you have on the post or in this thread, and join us on the day via this link. Hope to see many of you there!
21 October 2020 at 4:57 am EDT #39210
5 November 2020 at 8:53 am EST #39725
More boOkmArks talks scheduled for November and December (including one next week):
23 November (3pm GMT / 4pm CET / 10am ET): Martin Eve (Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London) discusses his recently published (and Open Access) edited collection, Reassembling Scholarly Communications: Histories, Infrastructures, and Global Politics of Open Access.
8 December (3pm GMT / 4pm CET / 10am ET): Demmy Verbeke (Head of Artes, KU Leuven Libraries) discusses the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access.
2 December 2020 at 8:16 am EST #40445
Hi all — we have another boOkmArks talk next week on Tuesday at 3pm UK time (4pm CET, 10am ET) speaking to Demmy Verbeke about the KU Leuven Fair OA Fund: https://openaccessbooksnetwork.hcommons.org/2020/12/01/financing-change-ku-leuvens-fair-oa-fund/
Details in the post above, all welcome as ever! It should be an interesting conversation.
Also, recordings of past events can be found on our YouTube page, including the two most recent conversations with Pierre Mounier about OPERAS, and Martin Eve about his book Reassembling Scholarly Communications.
9 December 2020 at 11:09 am EST #40628
The recording of yesterday’s discussion with Demmy Verbeke about the KU Leuven Fair OA Fund is now available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiUkUloCpWs&feature=youtu.be
Well worth catching up with if you couldn’t make it!
20 January 2021 at 12:00 pm EST #41552
Hi all, on Tuesday next week (26th Jan) at 3pm GMT the latest boOkmArks talk is taking place: I’ll be speaking to Jefferson Pooley, professor of media & communication at Muhlenberg College and director of mediastudies.press, about his experiences founding an academic-led, Open Access book publisher w/a BPC-free, library partnership model & a cross-format, cross-platform approach.
A blog post from Jeff, together with event details and Zoom link, can be found here: https://openaccessbooksnetwork.hcommons.org/2021/01/20/mediastudies-press-a-conversation-with-founder-jeff-pooley
Hope to see you all there!
27 January 2021 at 7:45 am EST #41778
The recording of our conversation with Jeff yesterday is available here: https://youtu.be/wyzb1BJi8AU
Thanks to Jeff for such an interesting session, and to everyone who attended!
We’ll be announcing the next boOkmArks sessions in the near future. If you have an idea for a session, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 February 2021 at 5:43 am EST #42649
More boOmArks! On Tuesday (2nd March) we will be speaking to Reggie Raju and Jill Claasson about the new continental OA platform for books and journals that has been launched in Africa. It should be a really interesting conversation, and as always is free and open to all — hope to see you there!
Zoom link available with the blog post here: https://openaccessbooksnetwork.hcommons.org/2021/02/23/a-platform-for-inclusivity/
3 March 2021 at 9:45 am EST #42904
17 March 2021 at 12:20 pm EDT #43546
On Tuesday 23 March at 4PM CET / 3PM GMT / 11AM EDT, we will be speaking to Dr. Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, the Open Science Officer at DARIAH-EU, about a new bursary to fund early-career researchers (ECRs) working in the Digital Humanities who want to publish an Open Access monograph.
Join us to discuss this new bursary, as well as the challenges faced by ECRs when publishing their first book OA, the importance of OA for the Digital Humanities, and the ways DARIAH-EU is addressing these issues.
13 April 2021 at 7:18 am EDT #44233
8 April 2021 at 6:17 am EDT #44132
Hi all, We’re delighted to share details of the launch of Dr Rethabile Possa-Mogoera’s Dikeledi Ha Di Wele Fatshe, the first indigenous-language book to be published on the new continental platform for Open Access research in Africa. This launch was mentioned at our recent event with Reggie Raju & Jill Claasson about the platform.
The book will be launched NEXT WEEK, Thurs 15 April at 5pm CAT & CEST / 4pm BST. All welcome: https://uct.ac.za.libcal.com/event/7646212
If you want to look back at our conversation with Reggie and Jill, you can do so here: https://youtu.be/5QIIsFt6ax8
22 June 2021 at 10:26 am EDT #46796
We’re delighted to announce our final two events before the summer!
After completing our series on OA books policy, ‘Voices from the OA Books Community’ (details and recordings here) we are holding two more events before taking July and August off to plan the next 12 months of activities (and maybe have a holiday!) We’re rounding our first year off with a bang:
- Tuesday 29 June 2021 (3pm BST, 4pm CEST, 10am EDT): Janneke Adema, Marcell Mars and Tobias Steiner of the COPIM Project discuss their work on developing infrastructure to support Experimental OA Book Publishing. • Blog post • Event link
- Tuesday 6th July 2021 (3pm BST, 4pm CEST, 10am EDT): An Open Cafe to round off our first year! All welcome — bring a coffee and tell us what you’d like to see from the OABN in future. • Event link
As always, these events are free and open to all. We hope to see you there!
29 June 2021 at 4:38 am EDT #47138
Hi all, the experimental OA books event with COPIM is today at 3pm BST — hope to see you there! Find the link here: https://openaccessbooksnetwork.hcommons.org/2021/06/22/lets-experiment-join-us-for-a-boookmarks-event-next-tuesday/
5 July 2021 at 5:54 am EDT #47385
Tomorrow at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT is our last Open Cafe before we take a couple of months off to plan the next year of events and activities at the OABN. Do please join us with your beverage of choice to let us know your thoughts — are there particular topics you want us to cover, different formats we should try, something we did well, something we’re missing… Let us know! As ever it is free to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6027862482
8 July 2021 at 5:53 am EDT #47526
The recording of our boOkmArks event with Janneke Adema, Marcell Mars & Toby Steiner of the COPIM Project on experimental OA book publishing is now available! Many thanks to our speakers for a fascinating session & to the audience for coming and bringing your questions: https://youtube.com/watch?v=V5mbp48ZXIw
21 October 2022 at 7:25 am EDT #62258
Hi all, join us for an OA Week event on climate justice and open access books on Tuesday next week:
25th October, 3pm BST, ‘Lowering the Barriers to Climate Research: Climate Change and OA Books’: during Open Access Week, we’ll bring together a panel including authors, publishers and campaigners to discuss the impact of open access books related to the climate and the environment. Sign up here!
Hope to see you there!
2 November 2022 at 7:49 am EDT #62549
Hi all, next week we’re really looking forward to talking to Christina Drummond and Lucy Montgomery to discuss the OAeBU Usage Data project and the new developments the work will take over the coming years:
Wednesday 9th November, 1pm GMT, ‘Open Access Usage Data: Present Knowledge, Future Developments’: Sign up here!
11 November 2022 at 4:29 am EST #62918
Hi all, next Thursday (17th November) at 3pm GMT we’re looking forward to speaking with OABN stalwart Eric Hellman at our next boOkmArks event, about his work with Project Gutenberg and Distributed Proofreaders and how these experiences have informed his perspectives on the early days of open access and more recent developments in OA books.
Eric has kindly written a blog post to introduce what he’ll be speaking about:
The OG of Open Access is Project Gutenberg. Before the Kindle, before the web, before the PC, Michael Hart started typing in “texts” and making them available online. For free, though you had to pay for the phone time. The original ebook was never meant to be the clunky reader gadgets that corporations were trying to sell, it was bits you could get online. Project Gutenberg invented the ebook as we know it.
That post is available here: https://openaccessbooksnetwork.hcommons.org/2022/11/09/lessons-from-project-gutenberg-og-oa/
And the signup for the event is here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIudeCvpzopHN0shaqzdmN8g1M_UtYz0UxP
We hope to see you there!
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