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Student Advocacy for Open Access at UBC and Beyond Chami, Goldis; Panic, Gordana


UBC students Goldis Chami and Gordana Panic have been actively involved in igniting support for Open Access Publishing amongst UBC Students. Their interest in open access publishing came from their involvement with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, a group of students who in 2008 helped convince the UBC administration and UBC’s University-Industry Liaison Office to adopt Global Access Licensing principles to be applied to technologies (such as medicines) that might eventually be of use to individuals in low and middle income countries, in an effort to make those technologies affordable to people living in those countries. In discovering that access to journal articles were hugely restricted for certain groups including alumni, the general public, journalists, policy-makers, and researchers and professionals in low- and middle-income countries, the thought process that led to their work around OA was this: "If UBC can make patented technologies more accessible, why not information?" This led them to launch their Open Access campaign. This session took place on October 22, 2010 in the Lillooet Room of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia.

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