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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 Open Access as a concept as well as the tools and strategies for engaging 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 and 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 most recent Open Access Week happened during the week of Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th October 2017. The official theme of this year's event was "Open in Order to...": thinking about what being open can help us to achieve, and demonstrating why it is both important and beneficial for researchers to engage with Open Access.

What's happening at RGU?

RGU library staff did a variety of things to help promote Open Access Week 2017 and engage with the rest of the university community:

Drop-ins and Pop-Up Stand

  • We hosted a pop-up stand throughout the week in various places across campus, which gave both staff and students the opportunity to find out more about Open Access, how to make their work openly available and how to use other people's work responsibly.
  • We offered drop-in visits to each School, so that researchers could ask us questions about Open Access and the library's research support services in a more convenient setting.
  • We also offered a research data drop-in, for researchers to talk to us about their data and project websites.
Day / Time Monday 23rd Tuesday 24th Wednesday 25th Thursday 26th Friday 27th

Morning

(09:30-11:30)

Pop-Up Stand

Sir Ian Wood Building, Main entrance.

Pop-Up Stand

Gray's School of Art, opposite the shop.

Pop-Up Stand

Health and Social Care building, Main entrance.

Pop-Up Stand

Garthdee House Annex, Main entrance.

Pop-Up Stand

Aberdeen Business School, Atrium.

Lunch

(12:00-14:00)

 

Pop-Up Stand

Aberdeen Business School, Atrium.

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School Drop-In

Nursing and Midwifery, H408 (13:30-14:00)

 

Pop-Up Stand

Sir Ian Wood Building, Main entrance.

 

Afternoon

(various times)

 

School Drop-Ins

To be confirmed by Heads of School.

Research Data Drop-In

Sir Ian Wood Building, Library seminar room.

(14:00-16:00)

School Drop-Ins

To be confirmed by Heads of School.

Gray's School of Art, GA49 (14:00-15:00)

Pop-Up Stand

Gray's School of Art, GA49.

(14:30-15:30)

Additional School drop-ins were scheduled outside of Open Access Week:

  • Aberdeen Business School - Wednesday 22nd November, 15:00-15:30

CIAO Workshop

  • On Monday afternoon, we hosted a workshop involving a range of individuals from across the University, with a view to opening up discussion around how we as an institution support Open Access. The outcomes of this workshop were disseminated after Open Access Week in a blog post.

Social Media

  • The official hashtag for Open Access Week is #OAweek, and the official hashtag for discussions specifically around the 2017 theme ("Open in order to...") is #OpenInOrderTo. We encourage people to get involved in those discussions, and check out some of the photos that we shared - particularly of the free Open Access-themed food that we were giving away!

Public Libraries

  • We distributed posters and bookmarks to Aberdeen's public libraries, which will help raise awareness among the local community of the open access research available from RGU via OpenAIR, our institutional repository.