In April of this year Concordia became the first major university in Canada to pass a Senate resolution supporting the principles of open access. Through open access, academic and creative output is made readily available to everyone via the Internet.
While preserving intellectual property rights and academic freedom, the resolution underscores Concordia’s commitment to taking a leadership role in the field of accessibility.
The resolution encourages all Concordia scholars to deposit an electronic copy of their refereed research output and creative work in open access venues such as Spectrum, the university’s digital repository.
Initially available as of Open Access Week in October 2009, Spectrum holds thousands of theses and articles produced at Concordia over the last five decades. The first non-text works (video and audio) are being uploaded due to recent technical improvements.
New material is constantly being added and Spectrum should soon include Johanna Skibsrud’s initial text for her Giller Prize winning novel, The Sentimentalists, which started out as her 2005 masters thesis in creative writing.
• Concordia libraries and open access
• Concordia Spectrum repository