[Irtalk] Sparky Awards - vote for your favorite!

Elsabe Olivier Elsabe.Olivier at up.ac.za
Wed Aug 3 08:16:01 SAST 2011

The organizers now invite students, faculty, librarians, and others on
campus to weigh in for their favorite in the Sparky People’s Choice
Award. The People’s Choice Award highlights all of the 2011 entries. The
winner will also receive an iPad, iPhone, or iPod plus a personalized
award certificate. To vote, visit http://www.sparkyawards.org. The
deadline to vote for the People’s Choice Award is September 23, 2011.

Washington, DC – Four new student films on the importance of Open
Access to research and data have been voted the best by a panel of new
media experts, students, and librarians in “Open Up!”, the fourth annual
Sparky Awards. Calling on students to articulate their support in a
two-minute video, the contest has been embraced by campuses all over the
world and has inspired imaginative expressions of student support for
the potential of Open Access to foster creativity, innovation, and
problem solving. The Sparky Awards are organized by SPARC (the Scholarly
Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).
This year’s winning videos highlight student views on how free,
immediate, online access – plus the rights to reuse – the results of
scholarly research is essential to the quality of student education,
accelerates the discovery process, and has the potential to benefit
society worldwide. 

This year, the judges selected winners in three categories:

•    BEST LIVE ACTION: Breaking News: Open Access Wave Sweeps World
(http://vimeo.com/24171277), produced by Joshua Goodman (University of

•    BEST ANIMATION: Free your Data (http://vimeo.com/24253452),
produced by Nico Carver (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). 

•    BEST SPEECH: We’re In This Together
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxg67UER7dc), produced by Paula Seligson
(University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill).

Producers of each of the three winning entries will receive an iPad or
iPhone along with a Sparky Award statuette. 

“Special Merit” recognition is also being awarded to: Some Things
Shouldn't Be in Halves (http://www.bu.edu/buniverse/view/?v=19iA0fOE),
produced by Zack McGeehan, Olivia Kimmel, Dimitri Kouri and Jason
Weitzman (Boston University). In this clip, students compare limited
online access to wearing half a sock or having half a meal to eat.

Nico Carver, a Library Science Master’s student at the University of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill and winner for Best Animation, used his video
to express the importance of making endangered datasets available to
researchers and the public – an issue he came to claim in working on the
Data-at-Risk Inventory (http://www.ibiblio.org/data-at-risk/). “The
Sparky Awards provided a perfect platform for me to communicate this
vital message,” he said.

“This year’s entries drive home the fact that student concern for Open
Access runs deep,” added Jennifer McLennan, Director of Programs and
Operations for SPARC. “They support Open Access because they see it
fundamentally tied to their success as students, to advancing research
in general, and to translating the fruits of research into worldwide
societal benefits. Students continue to herald change in scholarly
communication in their own unique and compelling voice.” 

The Sparky Awards are organized by SPARC and co-sponsored by: the
Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association of
Research Libraries, Campus MovieFest, the Center for Social Media, the
New Media Consortium (NMC), the Open Video Alliance, Penn Libraries,
Students for Free Culture, the Student PIRGs, and SPARC (the Scholarly
Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

For full details, visit the Sparky Awards Web site at

THE SPARKY AWARDS are organized and sponsored by SPARC (Scholarly
Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an alliance of academic
libraries and research institutions working to b
uild on the
opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance
the conduct of scholarship. Membership in SPARC is open to libraries of
all sizes. For more information, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc. 

Elsabe Olivier 
Manager: Open Scholarship
NDLTD Board Member
Department Library Services
Office 4.16.1
University of Pretoria
South Africa
Tel.: + 27 12 420 3719
Fax: +27 12 362 5100
E-mail: elsabe.olivier at up.ac.za
Skype: elsabe.olivier

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