Impact is a frequently used, but rarely defined term. This is especially true in the field of open access and scholarly communication. What do we mean when we talk about the impact of open access? What do we measure and why?
At bepress we’ve selected 100 examples that demonstrate concrete outcomes of sharing work open access. While the individual stories are remarkable on their own, when we looked at the entire dataset, some clear categories emerged. In this webinar, Senior Outreach Associate Promita Chatterji discusses a framework for understanding the impact of open access. She shares individual stories and show how they fall into patterns organized in relation to the person or group experiencing the benefit: the reader, author, or the institution. Having a specific vocabulary for defining impact can be valuable on many levels for the library and the institution; this presentation will provide you tools and resources to help you get started.
If you’d like to download the framework Promita discusses in the webinar, you can find it here.