The 2nd SPARC Japan Seminar 2018 (Open Access Summit 2018) "Quality Control in the Age of Open Science"

The 2nd SPARC Japan Seminar 2018 entitled “Quality Control in the Age of Open Science” will be held on 25 October, hosted by SPARC Japan, in keeping with this year’s Open Access Week theme of “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”. We will discuss perspective of quality control in the age of Open Science and how we could guarantee quality of contents. We will share information about recent concrete cases, too.

* Rebecca Lawrence (F1000)

* Ben Seymour (Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)

* Hideaki Takeda (National Institute of Informatics)

* Hidemasa Bono (Database Center for Life Science)

Please see for the details:

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#AcessoAberto é na Revista Observatório!

Disponibilizamos em acesso aberto artigos como sugestão de aprofundamento. Essa tem o foco em Mídias Digitais.

Acesse em: 

1. AULAS DE PORTUGUÊS NA ERA DIGITAL: que dizem certos alunos? –


3. HISTÓRIA DIGITAL: entre as promessas e armadilhas da sociedade informacional –



6. DO IMPRESSO AO DIGITAL: a história do Jornal do Brasil –


8. ENTRE OS FILHOS E ÓRFÃOS DA CIBERCULTURA: Revisitando a noção de nativos digitais –


10. MÉTODOS DIGITAIS E MEMÓRIA ACESSADA POR APIs: Desenvolvimento de ferramenta para extração de dados de portais jornalísticos a partir da WayBack Machine –

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International Open Access Week 2018 at the University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia has organised a programme of events to observe International Open Access Week 2018, incorporating talks, information sessions and hands-on workshops to help researchers make their work open access. 

Researchers from across Norwich Research Park will join us for an insight into Open Science at the Royal Society (led by Dr Stuart Taylor, Publishing Director at the Royal Society), a discussion on the Legal and Ethical Considerations to Creating Shareable Research Data and a look at the UK Data Service ReShare system (led by Dr Scott Summers, Senior Research Data Services Officer at UK Data Service). UEA academics will also have the opportunity to attend refresher sessions led by the University’s Research & Innovation department and Senior academic staff.

For more information please contact

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Setting up Forum for Open Access in South Asia

Dear All,
To take the steps further with respect to the Open Access movement in this region of South Asia (SAARC), lets join together and form the Forum for Open Access in South Asia.As of now, we have communities:
OA Bangladesh
OA India
OA Nepal
OA Pakistan
We need to support our friends from Bhutan Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives who are yet to form a community in their respective countries.
Please see the WordPress site and other social media sites which had been setup for outreach.
Want some of you to volunteer to take up the tasks of website and social media channels. Soon we will have a meeting to take the further steps. You may please sign up at
Thanks & Regards

2018 Open Access Week in Zambia

Open Access Week is a yearly international celebration that aims to increase awareness about open access (OA). OA scholarship is completely free to read and reuse. Funders, universities, libraries, scholars, and students across the globe support OA.

The University of Zambia Library will lead campus celebrations during this year’s OA Week slated for October 15 – 17, 2018.

The OA advocacy team is therefore inviting the university community to this year’s celebrations. Activities will focus on public sensitization of OA activities through:

  • Official launch by Deputy Vice Chancellor
  • Displays (banner & posters)
  • Distribution of fliers
  • Slide shows in designated places
  • Face to face interactions with faculty and students
  • Panel discussion on UNZA Radio

For any questions about OA, contact:

Eness M.M. Chitumbo -EIFL Country Coordinator

Mr. Pilate Chewe- OA Coordinator

The first Open Access Week themed event at RezBazBris

Last month, the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) took part in what we’re billing as the first Open Access Week themed event for 2018 – at ResBazBriz.  Taking on this year’s theme of EQUITY the Brisbane Research Bazaar’s final event was a lively panel discussion entitled Knowledge for All: Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.  We saw this year’s OA Week theme as a great way to get back to the central tenet for advocates for Open Access, making the scholarly communications system equitable. ResBazBris is a regular event hosted by Queensland University, Queensland Institute of Technology & Griffith University for higher degree research students, researchers, librarians and scholarly authors. 

Better Together: Partnerships to Bring Open Access Week Events to the Disciplines

by Lauren B. Collister and Jackie Smith, University of Pittsburgh


For Open Access Week 2017, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh took a new approach for scheduling events built on outreach work done in prior years. The library, instead of hosting an event for OA Week all on our own, partnered with several departments to co-sponsor a talk of broad interest that wove in Open Access as a theme. That event sparked a number of other related events throughout the year, help Open Access reach a different audience, and led to new proposed partnerships for 2018. 

Building an Advocacy Base: 

The event was possible because we had spent several years building connections on campus. Through past Open Access Week events, our library’s e-journal publishing program, as well as outreach on our campus, the library developed a network of Open Access advocates and supporters. One of those Open Access advocates is Jackie Smith, a professor in the Sociology Department and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of World-Systems ResearchJackie had successfully advocated with the American Sociological Association to keep her journal Open, and had been one of our most outspoken voices on campus for the free access to research. She participated in past OA Week events, and in 2017, had an idea for one of her own related to the work that she was doing and the activism of graduate students in her department. 

Creating the Event:

Inspired by Jackie’s idea to approach Open from the viewpoint of activism, rather than focus the event on Open Access, the library decided to take the approach of weaving Open Access into a broader discussion about internet freedom and activism for an open internet. Jackie invited Alfredo Lopez, co-founder of May First/People Link, to be the keynote speaker. Three departments at Pitt contributed to an honorarium and facilities and logistics for the event, while the library covered travel expenses. This sharing of resources created buy-in from the many participating departments, which increased the reach for advertising the event to new and different audiences. 

With Jackie’s help, we asked Alfredo to give us a background on the topic of internet freedom, and we came up with the event Corporate Power, Surveillance, and the Future of Open AccessBased on Alfredo’s interests in surveillance and the impact of corporations on the Internet, we asked another outspoken Open Access advocate in our School of Computing and Information, Sheila Corrall, to contribute remarks about how the publishing companies were buying up the tools and resources used by scholars to create and share knowledge. By tying in the hot topic of net neutrality in the United States with a troubling trend in scholarly creation and publication, we were able to make ties between the two areas and introduce audience members to a broader application of the issues that they studied and its impact on the very work that they were doing in their academic lives. By bringing the Open Access conversation to the scholars, relating it to a topic that they cared deeply about, we built bridges and connections. 

The Impact of the Event:

After Open Access Week, the discussion continued. Community members working to promote inclusion and social justice have continued to meet to find ways to help more residents learn about the importance of working to protect access to the internet and to information. Events have included Building a Just Communications System for Pittsburgh and Forged for All? Amazon HQ2, Human Rights, and the Future of Pittsburgh. There is also discussion among several faculty members about how to provide more OA resources for both scholars and for the larger public. This network of faculty and community residents is helping initiate plans for a panel or event for the 2018 OA week on internet access as a human right. This event will be linked to a broader series of events tied with the recognition of the 80th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights he discussion continued.

The model of partnering with a department to discuss Open Access has also garnered interest, as other departments on campus contacted the library to co-sponsor events for 2018. We plan to continue our model of partnering with departments, scholars, and centers at the University to bring more conversations to more scholarly places. However, we would not be in a position to do this work without a strong history of advocacy and work in our library and with our colleagues. We hope that this model will help others who are wondering about next steps for their Open Access Week planning and how they can take the conversations to another level. 


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