Development Center (FFRDC) that provides the facilities, tools, and models
needed to advance science across the atmospheric and geoscience community.
NCAR employs several hundred scientists, whose work and research are
supported by the NCAR Library, a small, specialized library committed to the
facilitation and stewardship of NCAR research.
Together, NCAR and UCAR share a mission of supporting research across
the broad atmospheric and geoscience community. That community is
comprised of over 150 UCAR Member and Affiliate institutions, each of which
offers advanced degrees in related scientific disciplines. Many UCAR Members
operate under budgets that render access to the top journals in the field
impossible. For this reason and for several decades, Members have asked the
NCAR Library to provide them with access to scholarship written by UCAR
researchers. While the NCAR Library is fortunate enough to have subscriptions
to most of the journals publishing this scholarship, we have been unable to
provide access to UCAR scholarship outside of our own institution, owing to
the terms of our subscription and publishing agreements. Motivated by these
challenges, the NCAR Library began in early 2009 to advocate for the adoption
of an open access mandate across UCAR. After only a few months, this policy
was passed, making it the first to be adopted by any FFRDC.
Open Access Week 2009 came on the heels of that achievement. Because
UCAR is a highly decentralized, busy place, we chose to celebrate “Open Access
Day” rather than “Open Access Week,” and opted to plan one central event. We
hosted a panel discussion between George Strawn, then the Chief Information
Officer of the NSF, who spoke about the role of the federal government in
fostering and funding major technological innovations, and John Wilbanks, Vice
President of Science at Creative Commons, who presented the merging of these
innovations and communication technologies as an inevitable, necessary step in
the advancement of science. Introduced by Rick Anthes, President of UCAR, and
moderated by Richard Katz, Director of the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied
Research (ECAR), co-sponsor of the day’s events, the discussion was attended by
a robust crowd of lab and department directors, UCAR governance, scientists,
and administrators. Conversation following the panel discussion was lively,
reflecting a high level of interest and engagement in the material presented.
In planning Open Access Day 2009, our hope for the outcome of our celebration
was simply to raise awareness about the potential of open access to transform
scientific communication. Judging by the diverse audience the discussion attracted,
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