Join our expert panel in an online discussion on the role, advantages, and alternatives of transformative agreements in the academic publishing area.
*This event takes place from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)
Transformative agreements, such as read-and-publish agreements between universities and publishers, are designed to grow Open Access academic publishing by shifting University library expenditure away from "pay to read" toward "pay to publish". But transformative agreements are a step towards, but not the end of the journey to Open Access.
This Open Access week event brings together an internationally recognised expert panel session to help explore what are transformative agreements, what is their role in the long term Open Access publishing landscape, what are their advantages and disadvantages, and what other models are possible or important?
Professor Rachel A. Ankeny is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the College of Social Science and International Studies (Philosophy) at the University of Exeter (UK) and a Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide. Professor Ankeny previously served as Deputy Dean Research (former Associate Dean Research, 2011-19 and Deputy Executive Dean, 2015-21) for the Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide.
Professor Ankeny's research interests are highly interdisciplinary, crossing the history and philosophy of science particularly biomedical/biological sciences, food studies, bioethics and science policy, and migration history. She is the sole international partner investigator on an European Research Council Consolidator Award grant to Professor Sabina Leonelli at the University of Exeter entitled A Philosophy of Open Science for Diverse Research Environments, with a special focus on developing methods from the philosophy of science in practice approach for application to explorations of open science.
Professor Ankeny is a co-investigator on an Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) funded project entitled Improving Indigenous Research Capabilities: An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Data Commons, run by Professor Marcia Langton and the Indigenous Data Network at the University of Melbourne. She is also Editor in Chief for Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Elsevier) and on the Editorial Board for History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (Springer). Professor Ankeny is currently leading a working group in Adelaide, south Australia on publication strategies.
Professor Ankeny is widely recognized as a scholar who can translate academic findings in ways that are relevant for stakeholders in a range of sectors and the broader community.
Dr Karl Huang is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University. He is also a Statistical Analysist and Data Scientist with the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI), a data-driven project combining over 12 trillion data items with cloud computing to create the world’s leading data set relating to scholarly communication, open access, diversity and inclusion.
Dr Huang's research focuses on developing and identifying models and methods for analysing differences, patterns, and correlations in bibliometric variables and bibliographic data sources. In particular, he is interested in how innovative statistical methods and large scale data science can help map the open knowledge landscape.
Dr Huang is a mathematical statistician by training and also has a track record of publications in probability, statistics, and financial risk modelling.
Dr Gary Pearce is Manager, Library Services (Research) at RMIT University. He is an experienced library leader skilled in leading teams through change, redesigning service to improve user experience, and forging collaborations to enhance library impact.
He is leading a project on library support for Open and FAIR Non-Traditional Research Outputs as part of the Council of Australian University Librarians' (CAUL) Advancing Open Scholarship program. He was also part of a recent project to develop a new institutional open scholarship policy for RMIT University. His team supports the promotion of open research, including the Library's new Read and Publish agreements, which allow researchers to publish open access without incurring Article Processing Charges (APCs).
Dr Pearce is passionate about the role, function and agenda he and his team create for libraries and the potential for these to improve lives. He lives and works on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation (Naarm/Melbourne).
Professor Lisa Given is the Director of the Social Change Enabling Capability and Professor of Information Sciences in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and the School of Computing Technologies at RMIT University.
Professor Given is an interdisciplinary researcher in human information behaviour whose work brings a critical, social research lens to studies of technology use and user-focused design. Her studies embed social change, focusing on diverse settings and populations, and methodological innovations across disciplines.
A former President of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Professor Given has served on the Australian Research Council’s (ARC’s) College of Experts. She holds numerous grants funded by ARC, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, working with university and community partners across disciplines.
Professor Given is lead author of the forthcoming 5th edition of Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs and Behavior, author of 100 Questions (and Answers) about Qualitative Research (2016), and editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (2008)
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.