Open October

In the fall of 2019, Becker Library partnered with Washington University Libraries to hold “Open October,” a month-long series highlighting trends in open science, open data and open access. Open October featured nine presentations on both the School of Medicine and Danforth campuses on topics including ORCID, data management planning, public access mandates, Wikipedia editing for medical topics, critical appraisal of scientific literature, data sharing and open access publishing.

The series culminated in a keynote address by Kathryn Funk from the National Library of Medicine whose talk “After the Big Bang: The Expanding Universe of “Open” in Scholarly Communication” was attended by over 80 faculty, staff and students. Becker Library produced a video – “The Case for Open Data” – which was debuted in the auditorium before the keynote.


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