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Open Access: An Introduction: Open Access Week

This guide explains the concept and importance of Open Access, and offers advice on how to get involved.

What is Open Access Week?

International Open Access Week logo.

International Open Access Week is a global event held to celebrate and promote the benefits of Open Access. It helps to raise awareness of what Open Access means, why it is important and how to engage with it. The first Open Access Week (originally just "Open Access Day") was held in 2007 in the USA and organised by SPARC. Since then, it has grown to be an entire week that is celebrated across the world. More information about the history and mission of Open Access Week is available from the SPARC and Open Access Week websites.

The next Open Access Week is due to happen during the week of Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th October 2018. The official theme of this year's event is "Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge", which aims to address barriers to engagement in Open Access, potential inequalities that might be made worse in an entirely "open" environment, and various communities and individuals that may be adversely impacted by a drive towards Open Access without due consideration of their needs.

What's happening at RGU?

RGU library staff are planning a variety of things to help promote Open Access Week 2018. The final details will be made available here when they are known:

Workshops and Pop-Up Stand

  • We are intending to host a pop-up stand during lunchtime each day at various places across campus. The stand will give out free food to tie-in with the idea of free access to research, and will also be a place for staff and students to learn more about Open Access. Exact times and locations of the stand are to be confirmed.
  • We are intending to host a series of workshops with researchers and research students, where ideas around Open Access, copyright, research data and impact will be explored through games. Exact times and locations of the workshops are to be confirmed.

Social Media

  • We are intending to produce a series of posts on the Library Matters blog to discuss some of the issues raised by this year's Open Access Week theme. Links to these blog posts will be provided below when they are published.
  • The official hashtag for Open Access Week is #OAweek. We encourage people to get involved in discussions with that hashtag and share their thoughts on how we can ensure that an "open" future is also an equitable one.

Public Libraries

  • Promotional bookmarks are available in many of Aberdeen's public libraries, which aim to raise awareness among the local community of the open access research available from OpenAIR, RGU's institutional repository.