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October 2, 2018, by Rob Ounsworth

Open Access Week 22 – 26 October 2018

University of Nottingham Libraries is holding a range of events to mark International Open Access Week.

Now in its tenth year, Open Access Week is a chance to celebrate the benefits of opening up knowledge for all. The theme this year is ‘designing equitable foundations for open knowledge’ – working towards a truly inclusive scholarly system.

International Open Access Week takes place between 22 and 26 October. At the University, Open Access Week includes events with internal and external speakers, pop-ups and on-line discussions to help encourage open debate, and to capture your feedback. Topics include open access monographs, open data and scholarly publishing, as well as outlining how, why, and where to publish open access.

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, said: “Open Access Week is about prompting questions and conversations and moving these discussions forwards, and in the spirit of openness we would like to hear your thoughts and views.”

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The University’s Open Access Week programme |includes:

OA innovations: open access monographs, scholarly publishing and reaching the wider public.
Monday 22 October 1.30-3.30pm, University Park and Thursday 25 October, 1-3pm, Jubilee Campus

Professor Shearer West, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Nottingham, will open this two-part event showcasing some of the exciting developments in the world of open scholarly publishing.

Open access for your research
Tuesday 23 October, 2-4pm University Park
This training session will help develop your understanding of open access and the practical steps to making your publications openly available and compliant with REF and funder requirements.

Open access: how to access millions of free research articles
Wednesday 24 October, 2-4pm, Jubilee Campus
Interactive session to help newcomers to open access learn how to gain free access to millions of research articles published in academic journals.

Film screenings of The Internet’s Own Boy
Friday 26 October, 12.45-2.45pm and 3.30-5.30pm, University Park.
This award-winning documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, follows the life of computer programmer and internet activist Aaron Swartz and explores questions around ownership and access to information.

In addition, a series of open access pop-ups will take across our campuses, where you’ll be able to ask questions and receive guidance on open access, including REF. You can also enter our ORCID competition for a chance to win a prize.

Find out more about Open Access Week at Nottingham and book to secure places at our events

Dame Jessica added: “The Open Access policy landscape is complex and continually evolving, and recent developments such as ‘Plan S’, which aims to accelerate the transition to full and immediate Open Access, raise many questions for many stakeholders, and highlights more than ever a scholarly system in transition.

“This year’s theme – designing equitable foundations for open knowledge – identifies that governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practice, but how these are actually implemented is still in flux.

“University of Nottingham Libraries has created a created an ambitious programme of events and attending a talk or workshop, or visiting a daily pop-up stand with your question for the team, will offer a supportive way to update yourself on the latest developments on open access.

“Sharing your thoughts and perspectives with colleagues will also give the University valuable insights into how best to support our researchers in sharing and increasing the impact of their discoveries.”

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