Tag Archive for Open Access Week

Library Event: Open Access Week 2017

What is Open Access Week?
Open Access Week is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public.

This year Baylor University is highlighting how Open Data can be used in research. The national theme for Open Access Week is “Open in order to …” and we have chosen to highlight five different projects using open data and data visualization tools to celebrate.

Open in order to … share our cultural heritage

The UC Irvine Network Data Repository (https://networkdata.ics.uci.edu) is an effort by the UCI Datalab to promote the study of networks, whether it be for the study of social networks, web science or systems biology. It is an attempt at Open Access in support of Open Science and, specifically, Open Data.

Les Miserables Character Network creates a network displaying how often characters in Les Miserables were in the same scene together using NodeXL.






Open in order to … discover more about our country

The American Community Survey (ACS) (
is an annual socio-economic survey held by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Neighborhood Risk Index for Impoverished Youth calculates a risk index by neighborhood in order to identify those neighborhoods that pose the greatest risk for impoverished youth using Tableau Public and QGIS.



Open in order to … explore scientific discoveries

The Cell Image Library™ (http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/) is a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes.

Embryo Cell Particle Counting counts particles within the embryonic cell using ImageJ



Open in order to … unearth hidden treasures

Project Gutenberg (https://www.gutenberg.org/) offers over 54,000 free eBooks. You will find the world’s great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. The books are digitized and diligently proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers.

Dearest Love in the Browning Letters 
graphs the occurrences of the words “dearest” and “love” to determine the changing affection of Robert and Elizabeth Browning using Voyant-Tools



Open in order to … learn about people in the past and the present

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) (http://docsouth.unc.edu/) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture.

Deuteronomy & Slave Narratives 
identify every instance where the Book of Deuteronomy was cited by transcribed slave narratives using Python and Tableau Public.




If you want to explore ways open data can be incorporated into your research, visit the Digital Scholarship blog. See our research guide to find datasets and more. And for more information about Open Access Week, visit the Baylor Libraries’ Open Access Week website.