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September 4, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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First Open Access Day to be Held Oct. 14

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition;, the Public Library of Science (PLoS;, and Students for FreeCulture ( have jointly announced the first international Open Access Day. Building on the worldwide momentum toward Open Access to publicly funded research, Open Access Day is designed to create a key opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the opportunities of wider access and use of content.

Open Access Day will invite researchers, educators, librarians, students, and the public to participate in live, worldwide broadcasts of events. In North America, events will be held at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time) and 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time) and feature appearances from the following: 

  • Sir Richard Roberts, Ph.D., F.R.S.—Joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993 for discovering split genes and RNA splicing, one of 26 Nobel Prize winners to sign the Open Letter to U.S. Congress in support of taxpayer access to publicly funded research, and currently at New England Biolabs (7 p.m. Eastern time) 
  • Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D.—Founding editor in chief of PLoS Computational Biology and the author of the popular PLoS Computational Biology Ten Simple Rules series. He is professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California–San Diego, associate director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank, senior advisor to the San Diego Supercomputer Center, an adjunct professor at the Burnham Institute, and co-founder of SciVee (7 p.m. Pacific time)

Librarians and student organizers are invited to host meetings around the broadcast. To see a list of participating campuses and to sign up, visit the Open Access Day website at Additional international events will be announced shortly. The event will also mark the launch of the new Voices of Open Access Video Series. Key members of the research community, including a teacher, librarian, researcher, student, patient advocate, and a funder, will speak on why they are committed to Open Access.

Source: SPARC

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