The Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Open Access, Piracy, and the Scholarly Publishing Market
Professor in the Departments of Information Studies and Anthropology, and the Institute for Society and Genetics, at the University of California, Los Angeles
Christopher Kelty pursues research in the cultural signi cance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Signifcance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including their impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues pertaining to peer review and research in the sciences and the humanities. He is trained in science studies (history and anthropology) and has written about methodological issues facing anthropology today.
In his lecture, Professor Kelty will provide necessary context by reviewing the politics and history of the challenges of scholarly publication; how publishing ts into knowledge production; how publishers have come to be a key component in the scholarly ecology and the political economy that sustain both universities and individual academic work; and the emergence of open access research and its links to other similar movements and technologies. Building on this context, Professor Kelty will focus on the struggle of some academics to create a viable form of open access, and the under-theorized indifference of the majority of academics to the open access question. Using his own experience in shepherding an open access policy through the University of California’s academic governance system, he will identify some of the reasons open access is simultaneously desired and resisted, and reflect on the assumptions beneath this tension. He will conclude by reflecting on the idea that we may not want the open access we are going to get.
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Alpha Gamma Rho Hall Alumni Center
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Library
Sponsors Include: The Of ce of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Community and Regional Development Program, the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, and Science and Technology Studies