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    The Open Media (R)Evolution
    (2015-11-17) Abney, Samuel; Castro, Natalia; Komanduri, AK; Leys, Nathan
    The theme for International Open Access Week 2015 was “Open for Collaboration,” highlighting the ways in which Open Access enables new avenues for collaboration and creativity among and between scholars, researchers, and innovators in all disciplines. Broadening the Open Access movement’s traditional focus on scientific disciplines, Mason’s nationally ranked Forensics Team explored how these themes of collaboration and “openness” have revolutionized the entertainment industry and fundamentally altered the ways in which we create, share, and experience media. This roundtable discussion, entitled “The Open Media (R)Evolution,” was hosted by the University Libraries on October 22, 2015, as part of George Mason’s seventh annual observance of International Open Access Week. The students covered topics such as entertainment revenue models in a collaborative world, Open Access and contemporary theater, the curation of online media, and issues of ownership in musical mashups.
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    The Future of Textbooks in an Open Access World
    (2015-11-17) Birdwell, Ian; Leys, Nathan; Komanduri, AK; Abney, Samuel
    The skyrocketing cost of textbooks poses practical and theoretical questions for an era of unprecedented information freedom. How do textbook costs disadvantage low-income students? Are expensive textbooks worth the price, or are free or low-cost online resources a more practical option? In an age of tablet computing, should we be using physical textbooks at all? The undergraduate student roundtable tackles these questions and more about open access and open educational resources.