This year’s International Open Access Week theme “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity” highlights the individual and collective action required in our approach, decisions, actions, and investments in knowledge sharing to ensure that equity is foundational. Pursuing structural equity requires global conversations and collaboration to understand the different needs that different communities have in knowledge sharing systems and design for these important differences.
The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science embodies this pursuit of structural equity in both its text and in the process that led to its creation. As the Recommendation moves toward formal adoption in the coming months, it serves as a touchstone for conversations this week and beyond.
This 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, with both discussions and actions that are on-going. To get a sense of how different communities are catalyzing these discussions, you can find a selection below from the many events that are being hosted around the world, including some by Open Access Week Advisory Committee members. With many happening virtually with open registration, there are many options for participation, even if there is not a local event near you.
As we head into the coming days filled with exciting events and discussions, it’s critical to remember that structural equity should be a foundational priority—not just this week, but year-round. We have to work to integrate it into the fabric of all our efforts around knowledge sharing, from how our infrastructure is built to how we organize community discussions to the governance structures we use. Our actions as individuals, as organizations, and as a global community make a difference. It really does matter how we open knowledge.