Open Access Week Advisory Committee

SPARC would like to thank the following members of the International Open Access Week Advisory Committee:

Name Affiliation
Guillermina Actis CONICET
Osman Aldirdiri Open Access Sudan
Dominique Babini CLASCO
Ginny Barbour Australasian Open Access Support Group
Lise Brin CARL
Leslie Chan University of Toronto Scarborough
Vrushali Dandawate All India Shree Shivaji Memorial Society’s College of Engineering / DOAJ
Thanos Giannakopoulos United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library
Rayna Harris University of Texas Austin
Chris Hartgerink Tilburg University
Kazuhiro Hayashi NISTEP
Geneva Henry George Washington University
Zukie Hlwatika Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Alexis Johnson Pineapple Labs
Heather Joseph SPARC
Roshan Karn Open Access Nepal
Iryna Kuchma EIFL
Devika Seecharran Levy World Bank
Linda Lew Tsinghua University
Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou APSOHA
Joseph McArthur SPARC
Laura Mullen Rutgers / COAPI
Lena Nyahodza University of Cape Town
Donna Okubo PLOS
Naomi Penfold eLife
Vanessa Proudman SPARC Europe
Eloy Rodrigues Universidade do Minho
Maria Juliana Soto Fundacion Karisma
Arun Subbiah M S Swaminathan Research Foundation
Camille Thomas Texas Tech University

 

Program Director: Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement, SPARC

Tema de la Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto 2018 “Diseñando Bases Equitativas para el Conocimiento Abierto”

El Comité Asesor de la Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto se complace en anunciar que el tema del año 2018 será “Diseñando bases equitativas para el conocimiento abierto”, y tendrá lugar del 22 al 28 de octubre.

El tema de este año da cuenta de un sistema académico que se encuentra en transición. A pesar de que los gobiernos, financiadores, universidades, editoriales y académicos están adoptando en mayor medida políticas y prácticas abiertas, éstas aún se implementan de manera difusa. En tanto la apertura es adoptada por defecto, todos los actores deben tener el propósito de diseñar estos nuevos sistemas abiertos, para asegurar que son inclusivos, equitativos, y que realmente están al servicio de las necesidades de una comunidad global diversa. El tema de este año para la Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto tiene como propósito convocar a todos los actores interesados para que participen en la promoción de este objetivo.

Establecer la apertura como la opción por defecto es un paso esencial para asegurar que nuestro sistema de producción y distribución del conocimiento sea más inclusivo; pero también supone nuevos desafíos para ser

considerados. ¿Cómo asegurarnos de que los modelos de sustentabilidad utilizados para el acceso abierto no son excluyentes? ¿Cuáles son las inequidades que los sistemas abiertos pueden reproducir o reforzar? ¿Cuáles voces deben ser priorizadas? ¿Quiénes quedan excluidos? ¿Cómo se perpetúan sesgos a través de aquello que es considerado exclusivamente como académico? ¿Cuáles son las áreas en las que la apertura podría no ser apropiada?

Estas no son preguntas fáciles de responder. Por el contrario, se trata de sugerencias para continuar y alentar conversaciones que pueden contribuir a asegurar que las bases para un sistema más equitativo de investigación y academia abiertos sean creados consciente y colaborativamente. El tema de este año subraya la importancia de realizar las preguntas difíciles, permanecer críticos, y comprometerse de manera activa en diálogo continuo para aprender de diferentes perspectivas sobre cómo hacer la academia más equitativa e inclusiva en su proceso de apertura.

La Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto, establecida en 2008 por SPARC (Coalición de Editoriales Académicas y Recursos Académicos) y socios de la comunidad estudiantil, es una oportunidad para trabajar en la promoción de la apertura como la opción por defecto en la investigación -para aumentar la visibilidad de la academia, acelerar las investigaciones, y convertir los avances de la ciencia en mejoras para la vida. Este año la Semana del Acceso Abierto se realizará del 22 al 28 de octubre. No obstante, aquellos que deseen celebrar la semana son alentados a programar los eventos locales en el momento del año que resulte más apropiado y a utilizar temas que sean más efectivos localmente.

La naturaleza global y distribuida de la Semana del Acceso Abierto jugará un rol particularmente importante en el tema de este año. Las estrategias y estructuras para la apertura del conocimiento deben ser diseñadas de manera conjunta con las comunidades a las que sirven -especialmente aquellas que son tan frecuentemente marginalizadas o excluidas de estas discusiones.

La Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto es una oportunidad importante para catalizar nuevas conversaciones, crear conexiones a través y entre comunidades que puedan facilitar este diseño conjunto, e impulsar el avance en el desarrollo de bases más equitativas para abrir el conocimiento -discusión y acción que deberán continuar a lo largo del año, y todos los años. Diversidad, equidad e inclusión deben ser priorizadas durante todo el año e integradas en el tejido de la comunidad que promueve la apertura, desde la forma en que se construye nuestra infraestructura hasta cómo organizamos los eventos de la comunidad.

Para más información sobre la Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto, por favor visite www.openaccessweek.org. Puede seguir la conversación en Twitter con el hashtag #OAWeek

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Sobre SPARC.
SPARC, la Coalición de Editoriales Académicas y Recursos Académicos, es una coalición global comprometida con alcanzar la apertura por defecto para la investigación y la educación. SPARC empodera a personas para resolver grandes problemas y realizar nuevos descubrimientos a través de la adopción de

políticas y prácticas que promueven el Acceso Abierto, los Datos Abiertos y la Educación Abierta. Para saber más, visite: sparcopen.org.

Sobre la Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto. La semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto es un evento global en el que se realizan diversas acciones para la apertura del acceso a la investigación. El evento es celebrado y conducido por individuos, instituciones y organizaciones en todo el mundo, y su organización es liderada por un consejo asesor internacional. El hashtag oficial de la Semana del Acceso Abierto es #OAweek.

Traducción de Guillermina Actis y María Juliana Soto.

O Tema da Semana Internacional do Acesso Aberto 2018 será “Planejando Bases Equitativas para o Conhecimento Aberto”

O Comitê Consultivo da Semana do Acesso Aberto 2018 tem o prazer de anunciar que o tema para a edição 2018 da Semana Internacional do Acesso Aberto, que acontecerá entre 22 e 28 de Outubro, será “Planejando Bases Equitativas para o Conhecimento Aberto.”

O tema deste ano é reflexo de um sistema acadêmico em transição. Embora governos, agências de fomento, universidades, editoras, e pesquisadores venham aderindo cada vez mais a políticas e práticas abertas, a implementação real dessas políticas e práticas ainda é um processo em andamento. À medida que a abertura se torna o padrão, todos os envolvidos no planejamento destes novos sistemas abertos devem assumir a responsabilidade de garantir que sejam inclusivos, equitativos, e que sirvam de fato às necessidades de uma comunidade global e diversa. Nesta Semana do Acesso Aberto, convidamos todos os interessados a colaborarem com o avanço deste trabalho tão importante.

Fazer com que as práticas abertas se tornem padrão é um passo essencial para que nosso sistema de produção e distribuição do conhecimento seja mais inclusivo, mas também gera novos desafios a serem enfrentados. Como asseguramos que os modelos de sustentabilidade usados para o acesso aberto não sejam excludentes? Que desigualdades os sistemas abertos podem recriar ou reforçar? Que vozes são priorizadas? Quem fica de fora? Como nossas ideias do que é ou não acadêmico conserva vieses preexistentes? Em que áreas a abertura total pode não ser a melhor opção?

Estas questões não têm respostas fáceis. Na verdade, elas servem para estimular conversas que ajudem a garantir que a base para um sistema mais equitativo de pesquisa aberta seja estabelecida de forma reflexiva e colaborativa. O tema deste ano destaca a importância de fazer as perguntas difíceis, manter-se crítico e envolver-se ativamente em uma conversa contínua para aprender de diversas perspectivas sobre como tornar a academia mais justa e inclusiva à medida que ela se torna mais aberta.

Criada pela SPARC e seus parceiros na comunidade estudantil em 2008, a Semana Internacional do Acesso Aberto é uma oportunidade de agir para tornar a abertura o padrão para a pesquisa — para aumentar a visibilidade da produção acadêmica, acelerar a pesquisa, e transformar avanços científicos em qualidade de vida. Neste ano, a Semana do Acesso Aberto acontecerá entre 22 e 28 de outubro; mas aqueles que quiserem celebrar são encorajados a agendar eventos locais em datas mais adequadas ao longo do ano e a usar temas que sejam mais eficientes em suas comunidades.

A natureza global da Semana Acesso Aberto será particularmente importante para o tema deste ano. Estratégias e estruturas para abrir o acesso ao conhecimento precisam ser planejadas nas e em conjunto com as comunidades a que servem — especialmente aquelas comunidades que são frequentemente marginalizadas ou excluídas dessas discussões.

A Semana Internacional do Acesso Aberto é uma oportunidade importante para estimular novas conversas, criar conexões entre comunidades (internas e externas) que possam facilitar este planejamento, e seguir avançando na construção de bases mais equitativas para o conhecimento aberto — discussões e ações que devem continuar ao longo do ano, e ano após ano. Diversidade, equidade e inclusão devem ser prioridades durante todo o ano e integradas ao tecido da comunidade aberta, da forma como construímos nossas infraestruturas à organização de nossos eventos.

Para mais informações sobre a Semana Internacional do Acesso Aberto, por favor visite www.openaccessweek.org. Você pode acompanhar as conversas no Twitter pela hashtag #OAWeek.

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Sobre a SPARC
A SPARC®, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (Coalizão pela Publicação Científica e Recursos Acadêmicos), é uma coalizão global comprometida com o ideal da abertura como padrão na pesquisa e na educação. A SPARC capacita pessoas a solucionar grandes problemas e fazer novas descobertas por meio da adoção de políticas e práticas que avancem o Acesso Aberto, os Dados Abertos, e a Educação Aberta. Saiba mais em sparcopen.org.

Sobre a Semana Internacional do Acesso Aberto
A Semana Internacional do Acesso Aberto é uma semana de ações globais da comunidade acadêmica em prol do acesso aberto à pesquisa. O evento é celebrado por indivíduos, instituições e organizações em todo o mundo, e sua organização é liderada por um comitê consultivo global. A hashtag oficial da Semana do Acesso Aberto é #OAweek.

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Theme of 2018 International Open Access Week To Be “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”

The 2018 Open Access Week Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2018 International Open Access Week, to be held October 22-28, will be “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.”

This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. This year’s Open Access Week invites all interested stakeholders to participate in advancing this important work.

Setting the default to open is an essential step toward making our system for producing and distributing knowledge more inclusive, but it also comes with new challenges to be addressed. How do we ensure sustainability models used for open access are not exclusionary? What are inequities that open systems can recreate or reinforce? Whose voices are prioritized? Who is excluded? How does what counts as scholarship perpetuate bias? What are areas where openness might not be appropriate?

These are not questions with easy answers. Rather, they are prompts for ongoing conversations that can help ensure that the foundation for a more equitable system of open research and scholarship is created thoughtfully and collaboratively. This year’s theme highlights the importance of asking the tough questions, staying critical, and actively engaging in an ongoing conversation to learn from diverse perspectives about how to make scholarship more equitable and inclusive as it becomes more open.

Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. This year’s Open Access Week will be held from October 22nd through the 28th; however, those celebrating the week are encouraged to schedule local events whenever is most suitable during the year and to utilize themes that are most effective locally.

The global, distributed nature of Open Access Week will play a particularly important role in this year’s theme. Strategies and structures for opening knowledge must be co-designed in and with the communities they serve—especially those that are often marginalized or excluded from these discussions altogether.

International Open Access Week is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress to build more equitable foundations for opening knowledge—discussion and action that must continue throughout the year, year in and year out. Diversity, equity, and inclusion must be prioritized year-round and integrated into the fabric of the open community, from how our infrastructure is built to how we organize community events.

For more information about International Open Access Week, please visit www.openaccessweek.org. You can follow the conversation on Twitter at #OAWeek.

Translations of this announcement are available in Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. If you are interested in contributing a translation of the this year’s theme or the full announcement in another language, you can find instructions for doing so here.

Graphics for this year’s Open Access Week theme are available at http://www.openaccessweek.org/page/graphics

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About SPARC
SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. Learn more at sparcopen.org.

About International Open Access Week
International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations across the world, and its organization is led by a global advisory committee. The official hashtag of Open Access Week is #OAweek.

Opening Up the Coffers of Foundation Knowledge

Foundations have a lot of reasons to share knowledge. They produce knowledge themselves. They hire others to research and author works that help with internal strategy development and evaluation of internal strategies, programs, and projects. And they make grants that assist others in gaining insight into social issues?—?be it through original research, evaluation work, or other work aimed at creating a better understanding of issues so that we can all pursue better solutions to social problems. In almost all aspects of foundation work, knowledge is an outcome.

While openly sharing this knowledge is uneven across the social sector, we do see more and more foundations starting to explore open access to the knowledge assets they make possible. Many foundations are sharing more intentionally through their websites, external clearinghouses, and other online destinations. And more foundations are suggesting?—?sometimes requiring?—?that their grantees openly share knowledge that was produced with grant dollars.

Some foundations are even becoming open access champions. For example, the Hewlett Foundation has authored a terrifically helpful free toolkit that provides an in-depth how-to aimed at moving foundation and grantee intellectual property licensing practices away from “all rights reserved” copyrights and toward “some rights reserved” open licenses. (Full disclosure: IssueLab is included in the toolkit as one solution for long term knowledge preservation and sharing.) (“Hewlett Foundation Open Licensing Toolkit for Staff”)

For those who are already 100% open it’s easy to forget that, when first starting out, learning about open access can be daunting. For those who are trying to open up, like most things, getting there is a series of steps. One step is understanding how licensing can work for, or against, openness. Hewlett’s toolkit is a wonderful primer for understanding this. IssueLab also offers some ways to dig into other areas of openness. Check out Share the Wealth for tips.

However it is that foundations find their way to providing open access to the knowledge they make possible, we applaud and support it! In the spirit of International Open Access Week’s theme, “Open in order to….”, here’s what a few leading foundations have to say about the topic of openness in the social sector.

James Irvine Foundation 
Find on IssueLab.

“We have a responsibility to share our knowledge. There’s been a lot of money that gets put into capturing and generating knowledge and we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves.”

-Kim Amman Howard, Director of Impact Assessment and Learning

Hewlett Foundation
Find on IssueLab.

“Our purpose for existing is to help make the world a better place. One way we can do that is to try things, learn, and then share what we have learned. That seems obvious. What is not obvious is the opposite: not sharing. So the question shouldn’t be why share; it should be why not share.”

-Larry Kramer, President

Hawaii Community Foundation
Find on IssueLab.

“Openness and transparency is one element of holding ourselves accountable to the public?—?to the communities we’re either in or serving. To me, it’s a necessary part of our accountability and I don’t think it should necessarily be an option.”

-Tom Kelly, Vice President of Knowledge, Evaluation and Learning

Packard Foundation
Find on IssueLab.

“Why do we want to share these things? …One, because it’s great to share what we’re learning, what’s worked, what hasn’t, what impact has been made so that others can learn from the work that our grantees are doing so that they can either not reinvent the wheel, gain insights from it or learn from where we’ve gone wrong… I think it helps to build the field overall since we’re sharing what we’re learning.”

-Bernadette Sangalang, Program Officer

The Rockefeller Foundation
Find on IssueLab

“To ensure that we hold ourselves to this high bar, The Rockefeller Foundation pre-commits itself to sharing the results of its evaluations?—?well before the results are even known.”

-Veronica Olazabal, Shawna Hoffman, and Nadia Asgaraly
(Read more on why the Rockefeller Foundation is open for good.)

If you are a foundation ready to make open access the norm as part of your impact operations, here’s how you can become an open knowledge organization today.

This post was written by IssueLab. IssueLab believes that social sector knowledge is a public good that is meant to be freely accessible to all. We collect and share the sector’s knowledge assets and we support the social sector’s adoption of open knowledge practicesVisit our collection of ~23,000 open access resources. While you’re there, add your knowledge?—?it takes minutes and costs nothing. Find out what we’re open in order to do here. IssueLab is a service of Foundation Center.

These Nonprofits Make Research Openly Available. Here’s Why!

The nonprofit sector has a long history of partnering with researchers and academic institutions to uncover evidence about social issues through research and reporting. In addition, evaluators measure the success of the sector’s programs and initiatives and record outcomes and lessons learned. All of this thoughtful work is meant to inspire innovation in the social space, informing the sector’s strategies and moving forward with evidence.

IssueLab is an open access repository with close to 23,000 resources produced by nonprofits, foundations, and academic research centers. Everything IssueLab collects is freely and openly available. For International Open Access Week, nonprofits who share their work through IssueLab were asked to complete the sentence: “Open in order to…”

Here’s what they say:

The Robina Institute
Working to achieve change in sentencing and correctional policies and practice.

“The University of Minnesota’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice’s mission is to connect research with practice in the fields of criminal justice and sentencing law research and policy. The Robina Institute is open inorder to make sure those necessary connections between research and practice are easier, smarter, and more effective. By making our research and findings free and open and available on our website and on IssueLab, criminal justice practitioners, judges, academics, prosecutors, defense attorneys, decision-makers, funders, and other stakeholders, can access current and cutting-edge information at no charge.”

-Monica Wittstock, Communications Coordinator

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS)
A network of philanthropy associations to strengthen social investment.

WINGS is open in order to give voice to the many cultures of giving. We provide our network with information, knowledge, and peer exchange, resulting in a strong, global philanthropic community that strives to build more equitable and just societies around the world. As an example we have the Global Philanthropy Data Charter which is a framework that proposes both a code of good practice to improve the working relationships of those involved in philanthropy data?—?users, providers and collectors?—?as well as a framework for engaging other sectors (governments, corporations, academia and civil society in general) around sharing and using philanthropy data for public benefit.”

-Julia Catani, Programme Assistant

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
Dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies.

EESI is open in order to spread fact-based, useful information as far as possible and help policymakers and key stakeholders make informed decisions. We see sharing information as an important part of our mission to advance sustainable solutions and climate action. It is critically important and urgent to transition to renewable energy, to increase our energy efficiency, and to become more resilient: that’s why we believe in making our research as accessible as possible.”

-Amaury Laporte, Communications Director

Equal Measure
Creating more powerful, enduring systems for social change.

Equal Measure is open in order to share knowledge, and inspire conversation, about the many structural and systemic challenges faced by individuals in the communities where we work. As a learning organization, we consider it imperative to support an environment in which researchers, evaluators, funders, community leaders, and social sector practitioners have unfettered access to data and information that can help shape policy and practice change. We applaud the efforts of IssueLab and other platforms to make research on the most salient issues facing our nation available and accessible to all.”

-Seth Klukoff, Senior Director of Communications

Heartland Alliance
One of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations.

Heartland Alliance is open in order to equip individuals at every level (nonprofit, foundation, government, and local communities) with the impactful and accessible information needed to support legislative, programmatic, and community efforts in the fight to end poverty.”

-Amber Cason, Communications Coordinator

European Foundation Centre
The platform for and champion of institutional philanthropy?—?with a focus onEurope.

European Foundation Centre is open in order to provide free access to publications about philanthropy and (and/or published by) EFC members to help share their work and experiences with their peers and promote the impact and role of philanthropy in citizens’ lives; also to share valuable insights into and trend analyses of institutional philanthropy today.”

-Isabelle Piette, Policy & Programmes Officer

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
An economic policy think-tank.

CEPR is open in order to inform the public about what’s at stake in major policy debates on important economic and social issues. CEPR offers free, open-source, and up-to-date economic data and programs to interested researchers.”

-Kevin Cashman, Program Associate

This post was written by IssueLab. IssueLab believes that social sector knowledge is a public good that is meant to be freely accessible to all. We collect and share the sector’s knowledge assets and we support the social sector’s adoption of open knowledge practicesVisit our collection of ~23,000 open access resources. While you’re there, add your knowledge?—?it takes minutes and costs nothing. Find out what we’re open in order to do here. IssueLab is a service of Foundation Center.

IssueLab is Open in Order to…

For the 10th anniversary of International Open Access Week, the event organizers have challenged all of us open access cheerleaders to complete this sentence: “Open in order to….”

No problem! How much time do you have?

I know… Extra time doesn’t exist anymore. And that’s why we are going to fill in the blank with pictures (and a modicum of words) so you get why IssueLabone of the largest repositories for social sector research is open, at aglance .

IssueLab is open in order to enable free access to the full text of the social sector research we collect and preserve. We make it easy for anyone to discover insights and analysis about the social world we share and ideas and strategies about how to make it better! Add your knowledge now!

We’ll walk you through each step of why we’re open.

IssueLab is open in order to mainstream and showcase the social sector’s evidence base. One way we do this is with our topical special collectionswhere knowledge seekers can deep-dive into an issue and discover interdependencies across issues.

We never tire of featuring knowledge or making it more relevant.

IssueLab is open in order to make it simple for social sector organizations to create their own open access institutional repositories through our Knowledge Center Service. Use it to quickly create and share an e-library drawing on IssueLab’s collection, your own collection, or a combination of the two.

Promoting the work of nonprofits and making it easy to find is our speciality.

IssueLab is open in order to freely share the metadata we hold through our data provider services. Grab our openly licensed data and share it with your audience wherever it is!

Nonprofit research becomes searchable and browseable on IssueLab.

IssueLab is open in order to support the many practitioners and funders who use other Foundation Center services such as Foundation Center’s grant-seeker tools, mapping tools, and issue landscapes. Just one more way that our open access status lets us bring IssueLab’s content to knowledge seekers where they live.

Foundation Center platforms create even more visibility for our publishers.

So now you know! IssueLab is open?—?and helps the social sector open up?—?because without open access, none of this knowledge sharing is possible. To learn more about strategies you can employ to become an open knowledge organization, check out our Open Knowledge tools.

This post was written by IssueLab. IssueLab believes that social sector knowledge is a public good that is meant to be freely accessible to all. We collect and share the sector’s knowledge assets and we support the social sector’s adoption of open knowledge practicesVisit our collection of ~23,000 open access resources. While you’re there, add your knowledge?—?it takes minutes and costs nothing. Find out what we’re open in order to do here. IssueLab is a service of Foundation Center.

10th Annual International Open Access Week Shines Spotlight on Increasing the Impact of Research & Scholarship

Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power of Open Access to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the 10th annual International Open Access Week taking place from October 23-29, 2017.

This year’s theme of “Open in Order to…” is meant to move the discussion beyond talking about openness itself and instead focus on what openness enables—in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context; then to take action to realize these benefits. The theme also recognizes the diverse contexts and communities within which the shift to Open Access is occurring and encourages specific discussion that will be most effective locally.

“Since Open Access Week first began, we’ve made significant progress in building global awareness of the benefits of opening up access to research and scholarship. Around the world, institutions and individuals are increasingly embracing the use of “Open” as an enabling strategy,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, which created Open Access Week and works to broaden support for Open Access to scholarly research. “Whether your mission is to tackle critical problems like climate change or ending poverty or to capitalize on the enormous opportunities that having the world’s knowledge at your fingertips presents, Open Access practices and policies can help you speed up progress towards achieving your goals—and that’s a very powerful, very appealing prospect.”

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—is transforming the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. Providing Open Access to research has the power to accelerate scientific advancements and spur job growth in a wide range of fields, from healthcare to energy to agriculture.

Begun in 2007 as Open Access Day, the event was originally a partnership between SPARC and students who organized local events on a handful of campuses across the United States. In 2008, it grew into Open Access Week—a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. Today, thousands of individuals, institutions, and organizations across the world celebrate Open Access Week.

Below are just a few examples of how SPARC will be taking action during the week, and a list of community activities and events occurring around the globe can be found here.

  • #MoveFASTR: During Open Access Week, SPARC will launch a campaign to #MoveFASTR, encouraging US-based institutions and community members to reach out to their elected officials and ask that they support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act. FASTR would require that articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research be made freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.
  • World Bank-SPARC Open Access Week Panel: In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the World Bank’s Open Access policy, SPARC and the World Bank are co-hosting an event to showcase the ways in which open is helping to achieve the Bank’s goal of eliminating extreme poverty. The discussion will feature the CIO of the World Bank and the Principal Librarian of the United Nations. The event will be held Thursday, October 26th, from 2:00-3:30pm EDT and will be live streamed online. More details and a link to the livestream can be found at https://sparcopen.org/event/world-bank-sparc-open-access-week-panel. Media members who would like to attend the event in person should contact Nick Shockey at nick@sparcopen.org.
  • “Open in order to…” Impact Stories: In celebration of the theme of this year’s Open Access Week, SPARC is today launching a microsite with a collection of examples that illustrate the concrete benefits of sharing the results of research—from harnessing the human genome to improving food production to help feed the world. The microsite is online at to.

For more information, please go to http://www.openaccessweek.org/.
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SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries though the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. Learn more at sparcopen.org.

Originally posted at https://sparcopen.org/news/2017/10th-annual-international-open-access-week-shines-spotlight-increasing-impact-research-scholarship/