International Open Access Week, an annual series of events taking place the last week of October, is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. The theme for this year's Open Access Week is “Open in order to…”. This theme serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables—in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context; then to take action to realize these benefits.

For more information about the slate of 2017 Open Access Week events taking place at Penn, please consult the agenda below. Individual registration links are listed for each event.

Schedule for Open Access Week 2017

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Wednesday, October 18th
4:00 PM

Sci-Hub and the Future of Publishing

Daniel Himmelstein, University of Pennsylvania

Meyerson Conference Room, 2nd floor Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for tea, cookies and conversation with Daniel Himmelstein, postdoctoral fellow at Penn in Systems Pharmacology & Translational Therapeutics, who will be talking about his recent research on Sci-hub, a pirate site for published research, and how its ubiquity might change academic publishing. You can read his preprint, Sci-hub Provides Access to Nearly All Scholarly Literature, here:

Research teas are an opportunity for informal conversation around ongoing research at Penn.


Thursday, October 19th
6:00 PM

Open Access in Order to Make a Midnight Movie

Martin R. Schneider, Front Row Central
Marta Rusek, WHYY Newsworks
Frank Taney, Taney Legal

Penn Law School (Tanenbaum 112)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Political Theater is the insightful and funny local podcast that explores connections between pop culture and real-world politics, and they're coming to Open Access Week for a LIVE EPISODE recording. Join your hosts, film critic Martin R. Schneider (Front Row Central) and political essayist Marta Rusek (WHYY Newsworks), for a lesson in the legal quirks and loopholes that have helped create some of the best "so bad it's good" works of cult cinema in history. We'll talk about how transformative fair use allowed the Mystery Science Theater franchise to survive, how Italian copyright laws let one cowboy movie spawn dozens of "sequels", and the bizarre IP battle over one of the worst films of all time - Manos, The Hands of Fate. Plus, an interview with Penn Law alum Frank Taney (Principal Attorney, Taney Legal) about IP law and the entertainment industry!

This event is brought to you by the Penn Libraries and Penn IP Group (PIPG).

Tuesday, October 24th
5:00 PM

Open City Data and Civic-Mindedness

Dan Ford, Azavea
Diana Lu, PlanPhilly at WHYY
Akira Drake Rodriguez, University of Pennsylvania
Ken Steif, University of Pennsylvania

Lower Gallery, Meyerson Hall (Penn Design School)

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

State and city governments across the country are providing open access to data about municipal services and infrastructure, right down to parking violations and bike lane networks (for examples, see OpenDataPhilly). What are the ways in which open data has expanded the ability for cities and governments to offer new services (or improve on existing ones), understand and tackle problems, and communicate with citizens? What civic engagement opportunities does open data pose for our Penn community and Philadelphia at large? Join us for a conversation about city data developments in the area and what having access to open civic data means to you. This panel discussion is part of the Penn Libraries Open Access Week, an initiative to promote wider and better accessibility to information. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is open to the public; registration is required.

Panelists: Dan Ford, Community Ambassador at Azavea; Diana Lu, Community Engagement Editor at PlanPhilly/WHYY; Akira Drake Rodriguez, Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity at PennDesign; Ken Steif, PennDesign Lecturer and MUSA Program Director.


Thursday, October 26th
12:00 PM

Innovative and Open Publishing Models

Cynthia Damon, University of Pennsylvania
Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania
Whitney Trettien, University of Pennsylvania

Meyerson Conference Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 2nd floor

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

New and innovative publishing models are developing thanks to online, open access publishing. This panel will feature Penn experts whose research revolves around issues of open access or who make their completed and ongoing projects openly accessible. They are each instrumental in the creation of and contributions to new and creative publishing platforms.

Panelists are Cynthia Damon, Professor in the Department of Classical Studies, who has been at the center of the Society for Classical Studies' development of an online Latin Library, and has published on the Dickinson Classical Commentary platform, Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services, who is responsible for OPENN, and Whitney Trettien, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, who researches the history of the book and other text technologies from print to digital.


Friday, October 27th
12:00 PM

Film Screening: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Class of ‘55 Conference Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 2nd floor

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.”