Open Access Explored! A conversation with Jorge Cham of PhD Comics, live from UC San Francisco

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Lecture in San Francisco, CA, USA,


2012 was a milestone year in the transition of Open Access into a mainstream issue, within both academia and the public at large. Conversations about the future of academic publishing filled pages from the Economist to the New York Times and even reached YouTube, where PhD Comics’ video, “Open Access Explained!” saw over 100,000 views in its first few weeks.

“Open Access Explained!” has been shared thousands of times and sparked countless conversations as an introduction to the issue; however, it is just a starting point.

Join us online or in person on Thursday, January 17th at 12:00pm PST (3:00pm EST) at the University of California, San Francisco’s Pottruck Auditorium for a conversation with Jorge Cham, the animator behind PhD Comics. Jorge, who started PhD Comics while completing his PhD at Stanford, will discuss his evolving view of Open Access, how it changed while making “Open Access Explained!”, and explore lingering questions with Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, and Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist at UC Davis and chair of the PLOS Biology Advisory Board.

Open Access Explored is presented by the Right to Research Coalition, and co-sponsored by SPARC, PLOS, and the University of California, San Francisco Library.

Registration for both the webcast and in-person event is free but required.

► Click here to register for the webcast of Open Access Explored! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Details on how to login to the webcast will be sent to you 3 days prior to the event.

► Click here to join us in person at UCSF's Pottruck Auditorium. Space is limited, so please be sure you can attend before registering. A light lunch will be served during the event. Pottruck Auditorium is located within Rock Hall on UCSF's Mission Bay campus at 1550 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158.