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

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

Introduction:

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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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.

eLife showcased innovative ideas built around openness for Open Access Week

The theme for this year’s Open Access Week — “Open in order to …” — caught our attention in the eLife office. We took the opportunity to explore how the community is innovating on ‘open’ across the research ecosystem. The resulting series of eLife Labs blog posts showcased projects that demonstrate the value of openness and transparency:

Open in order to research reproducibly

Reproducibility: automated.

Brett Beaulieu-Jones and Casey Greene explained how they have incorporated key principles for reproducible software development into their research. This continuous analysis approach enables them to examine changes in outputs as source code and data are updated or amended, with the benefit that every step is tracked and attributable. Not only does this ensure their research is transparent, it also improves their own efficiency.

Open in order to reuse research data

Data reusability: a pilot with goodtables 

In collaboration with Open Knowledge International (OKI), we investigated the reusability of datasets shared with eLife using OKI’s Goodtables validator tool. We found that these datasets are mainly structured for humans to read rather than machines. Machine readability is important for large-scale reuse of open research data, so we learned it may be useful to help researchers to share machine-readable data in addition to the human-friendly version.

Open in order to share and get feedback

PREreview — a new resource for the collaborative review of preprints 

Daniela Saderi and Samantha Hindle introduced PREreview.org, a new platform through which to share reviews of preprints, and which includes resources to help run preprint journal clubs at institutions. They hope this initiative will help to involve more researchers in peer review, stimulate discussion around preprints, and ultimately encourage greater adoption of preprints in biology through providing useful feedback to authors before the version-of-record publication.

Open in order to understand the context of metrics

A transparent record of life after publication 

Madeleine Watson explained the importance of transparency in data underlying scholarly metrics, specifically regarding the provenance and context of non-traditional citations. The Crossref Event Data stream is built with transparency in mind and can be used by the community as a data source for new services. Publishers can benefit from such services by ensuring their content is captured in the Crossref Event Data stream.

Open in order to help researchers succeed

We also highlighted a Feature Article summarising evidence of how open science brings significant benefits to researchers (Mckiernan et al., 2016). Key steps scientists can take to research more openly include:

 

This blogpost is cross-posted on Inside eLife.