UNT Open Access Symposium

The USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO) will be participating at the UNT Open Access Symposium. The TXRO will be presenting on the topic of "What Kind of Information Is Available from the Federal Government?"

Open Access @ UNT is an initiative that provides information about the open access movement and engages researchers at UNT by providing information about UNT's adoption of an institutional open access policy.


UNT's Open Acccess Symposium 2017 will be held the May 18–19 at the University of North Texas New College at Frisco.

The 2017 theme is Making Use of Public Data. It's easier than ever to gather datasets, documents, analytics, and other types of data and use these for academic research, competitive intelligence, and advocacy. While the government provides data of great value to citizens, companies, and organizations, currently much of the web and social media is also publicly available, providing additional sources of data that have been used, sometimes contrary to the intentions of content creators. This year's symposium will examine issues arising from the creation, harvesting, and analysis of public data—and decision-making based on the data—taking a broad view of what kinds of data are “public.”

Registration includes attendance at pre-conference workshops on Thursday, May 18, on preparing data using OpenRefine andusing data from the US Census Bureau, and attendance on Friday, May 19, for presentations and panel discussions from speakers from the Center for Research Libraries, UCLA, US Patent and Trademark OfficeUS Bureau of Labor Statistics,US Census BureauNASAEsri, and various libraries and museums.

Attendees may also wish to attend #DataRescueDenton on Saturday, May 20, which will be in nearby Denton.

The program is free and open to the public. For inquiries about the event:
please email txroevents@uspto.gov(link sends e-mail), visit us at the Texas Regional Office home page, or call us at 469-295-9000.