Happy Open Access Week!

Open Access week is a global event, celebrating open access. Taking place in the last full week of October every year, there are many events taking place online and offline which bring together people who care about Open Access, and provide opportunity to spread the good word.

There’s a lot going on this year!

  • There are a huge number of events taking place – so look out to see if there is one near you!
  • If there aren’t any events nearby, or you can’t get out, many of these events will be streamed. (A list of these can be found here
  • Follow the Twitter conversation on the hashtags #oaweek and #openaccess
  • The Guardian are hosting a live chat abut the future of Open Access research and publishing on Friday
  • The ASAP (Accelerating Science Award Programme) winners have been announced (Big congratulations to the winners!)

There are some great blog posts and articles emerging on Open Access. Let us know in the comments if I’ve missed any articles or news that you think we should be sharing!

As many people probably know, the Open Knowledge Foundation cares deeply about open access to research outputs – as defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative and in alignment with the Open Knowledge Definition. From the Panton Principles and Panton Fellowships through to the Open Science and Open Access working groups, the community around the Open Knowledge Foundation is recognised as being highly involved in the push for greater openness around scholarship and research!

We’re going to be doing much more to support our community in the advocacy of open access over the coming months. Please sign up to let us know how we can best support you, and what type of tools and resources will help you!

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