Open Access Week 2011


Open Access – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need.

Open Access Week is global celebration of Open Access to scholarship and research. Institutions use this week as a designated opportunity to learn about and promote the benefits of Open Access, and help make it the new norm of practice.

The Creative Commons infrastructure underpins many open access initiatives by providing copyright licences which researchers and scholars can use to allow re-use of their work.


New Zealand

The University of Auckland is hosting “Open Access for Beginners” on October 26 from 10am – 12:30pm. See the event page for location and more information.


Webcasts and streamed sessions

Open Access for Climate Scientists 2011

26 October 2011, DTU-Aqua, Copenhagen

Global Climate Change (GCC) research and related disciplines, focused on consequences and mitigation, are targeting humanity’s “biggest challenge for the 21st century”. The majority of that research is publicly funded, but currently it is not freely accessible to society and relevant stakeholders. Open Access provides the legal framework and e-infrastructures nested within universities to provide 100% free and immediate access to all future GCC-related, peer-reviewed research. The training is designed for all authors of peer-reviewed research, and will demonstrate the available means to achieve 100% open access, while boosting their own impact and citations. Visit Open Access for Climate Scientists.

Noon Hour Webcasts at Athabasca University

To celebrate the appointment of Dr. Rory McGreal as the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Educational Resources, Athabasca University is presenting a series of five noon hour webcasts (Mountain time, Canada) exploring major issues and opportunities presented by OER. Each session will feature an internationally known promoter and developer of open educational resources, research, or ideas.

Monday, October 24, 2011
Fun and Fear in Open Spaces

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Post Secondary Leadership and the OER Movement

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Making Sense of Complexity in Open Information Environments

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Panel on Moving to Open Educational Resources at Athabasca University

Friday, October 28, 2011
OER’s and Sustainable Innovation: Low Cost, Low Risk but High Impact

Open Access and the Impact of Open on Research

Wednesday, October 26. 12pm EDT (4pm GMT)

John Wilbanks, a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and the former Vice President for Science at Creative Commons, will discuss Open Access and how open has the power to transform research. This webcast will also feature Goldis Chami who will describe the student role as a catalyst for creating change on campus, using her personal experience at the University of British Columbia.

Images courtesy of Open Access Week (CC BY)

Web link: Check out the Open Access Week 2011 website for more events taking place around the world.

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