Sparky Contest 2011

Open Up! Speak eloquently on camera to promote open access. 

Deadline: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Just say how it is. Skip the fancy editing and use your 120 seconds to tell others in your own eloquent words why Open Access matters to you! All Penn students are welcome to apply.
Students have been leaders in the creative re-use, remix, and mash-up of material across the digital realm, and have a fair expectation that scholarly research should be equally, legally accessible to help a dvance their scholarship and ensure the quality of their education. Successful joint creation of knowledge depends on Open Access, the free, immediate, online access to the published results of scholarly research combined with the right s we need to be able to use and re-use them in the ways we want in the digital space. Open Access includes the concep ts of maintaining rights to distribute your own scholarly work and easily accessing the scholarly work of others. Thro ugh thoughtful publishing, copyright, and policy choices, students, faculty and administrators can make Open Access to institutional research outputs and wider access to the whole scholarly record a reality.
Here at Penn, the four pillars of the Penn Compact - Increasing Access, Integrating Knowledge, Engaging Locally and Engaging Glo bally - encourage discussion of Open Access. National discussions on Open Access for faculty publications are reflecte d locally in the March 2010 establishment of the Committee on Open Access Publishing to explore through faculty-led discussions the publishing process for journa l articles authored by Penn faculty and staff. The College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal provides a valuable forum for undergraduates to share their research and the Scholarly Commons provides an effective mechanism for faculty and staff to s hare their research in addition to publication in commercial journals. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships assists Penn students in learning how to conduct research and provides access to funding sources.
Open Up! Sparky Awards at Penn 2011 is co-sponsored by CWiC and the Penn Libraries. The judging panel of faculty and s tudents will select one video as the Contest Winner. A People's Choice contest will be conducted with online voting. The Penn contest prize details will be announced shortly.
All entries to Sparky Awards at Penn will be entered in the national Sparky Awards contest sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries which offers a grand prize of $1,000 cash award, video-editing software and hardware.
The CWiC Speaking Center is here to help Penn students prepare an effective two-minute speech. The Weigle Information Commons is here to help Penn students with the videorecording process. Email to get started with your Sparky video.

Open Up! Sparky Awards Speech Category Contest Rules

Videos must:
  • Explain why Open Access to research matters to students.
  • Be submitted by 12:00AM (Eastern) May 26th, 2011.
  • Be no more than 2 minutes in length.
  • Have been completed after August 1, 2010.
  • Be narrated or subtitled in English.
  • No more than one entry per student will be considered.
  • Be posted on the Internet and available for public use under a Creative Commons license.
    See the Sparky Awards copyright page for details.

Faculty members may want to consider integrating this contest into Spring 2011 course activities. Creating contest entries can be a great assignment for several different types of courses. The Sparky Awards educator's guide provides suggestions.