Open Access and the Public Knowledge Project

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This is a presentation by John Willinsky, hosted jointly by UTS Library and the UTS Academic Board regarding open access and academic scholarship. Willinsky is currently on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Education. Until 2007 he was the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Willinsky taught school in Ontario for 10 years and, with Vivian Forssman, developed the Information Technology Management program for high schools in British Columbia and Ontario. He is the author of Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED, Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End, which won Outstanding Book Awards from the American Educational Research Association and History of Education Society, as well as the more recent titles, Technologies of Knowing, If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship -- the latter of which has won the 2006 Blackwell's Scholarship Award and the Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award. He retains a partial appointment at UBC where he directs the Public Knowledge Project, which is researching systems that hold promise for improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research.
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