Open for Collaboration: Is it Time for Canada to Implement A Unified Open Strategy for Higher Education?

For Open Week 2015, UBC Library is honoured to be collaborating with Simon Fraser University Library, BCcampus, the Public Knowledge Project, and the BC Research Libraries Group.

Please join us on October 22, 2015 for our Open Week event.

Click here to view our event poster.

The recording of the 2015 Open for Collaboration event is now available on cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository! You can also find it in SFU’s institutional repository, Summit!

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Time: 5:30pm-8:45pm

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings Street. Reception will be in the Teck Gallery. The main event will be in room 1430.

Cost: The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register here.



5:30 – 6:30 Registration and reception

6:30 – 7:15 Welcome and keynote from John Willinsky, PKP

7:15 – 7:30 Break

7:30 – 8:30 Panel discussion with:

  • Juan Pablo Alperin, SFU Publishing
  • David Ascher, Mozilla Foundation
  • Inba Kehoe, UVic Library
  • Clint Lalonde, BCcampus
  • Rosie Redfield, Department of Zoology, UBC

8:30-8:45 Closing



Embedded within the vision of post-secondary institutions across British Columbia are the values of contributing to knowledge across disciplines and sharing the results of research with the local and global communities.

Spurred by the need to make higher education accessible to all, the open movement has gained ground as the Internet evolved to enable easy sharing of different forms of media. However, while the notion of “open” in higher education has been growing in British Columbia, the default scholarly approach is still closed.

It is time for the scholarly conversation to shift from why open, to why not open?

This event will feature discussion about collaboration within the open movement and role of openness in higher education in British Columbia and examine:

• if and why BC’s universities and colleges should embrace open practices
• what impact open access and the reuse of educational materials would have on the cost and efficacy of higher education
• what role the governments of Canada and British Columbia should play in opening higher education

Please join us by registering through our Eventbrite link.

View our archived webcast.