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The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) supports the open access (OA) to research principle and contributes by making information in its institutional repository and its peer reviewed journal available through open access mechanisms.  The Independent Institute of Education is South Africa’s leading private higher education institution operating across 20 sites, offering more than 70 registered and accredited higher education programmes, including postgraduate and Master Degree…


Added by Brenda van Wyk on October 26, 2017 at 5:18am — No Comments

Peter Lang and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre make 600 Economics books available Open Access!

We’re delighted to share the news that Peter Lang and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre are working together to make almost 600 titles from Peter Lang's Economics program freely accessible to scholars worldwide. The titles, available internationally via a CC-BY license, come from these established series in Economics:…


Added by Peter Lang Publishers on October 26, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments

Open Access at the Natural History Museum, London


Earlier this year, the Natural History Museum signed the International Open Data Accord stating that the Museum recognises the opportunities and challenges of…


Added by Jennifer P on October 26, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

Opening Up the Coffers of Foundation Knowledge

Foundations have a lot of reasons to share knowledge. They produce knowledge themselves. They hire others to research and author works that help with internal strategy development and evaluation of internal strategies, programs, and projects. And they make grants that assist others in…


Added by Nick Shockey on October 25, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Introducing Knowable Magazine - launching with a CC license during OA Week 2017!

I wanted to offer a quick personal perspective on OA week. I've been involved since the very first one 10 years ago, when a team of us at PLOS (where I worked back in the day) brainstormed the logo in its distinctive color of orange largely because we could see the SF Giants stadium from our offices! I couldn't be prouder of how far the movement has come, so far indeed, that it seems more like a giant business than a grass roots effort to change the way science is communicated. I still…


Added by Liz Allen on October 24, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

These Nonprofits Make Research Openly Available. Here’s Why!

The nonprofit sector has a long history of partnering with researchers and academic institutions to uncover evidence about social issues through research and reporting. In addition, evaluators measure the success of the sector’s programs and initiatives and record outcomes and lessons learned. All of this thoughtful work is meant to inspire innovation in the social space, informing the sector’s strategies and moving forward with…


Added by Nick Shockey on October 24, 2017 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

ICPSR, openICPSR and DataLumos: preserving and sharing valuable research data

Happy #OpenAccessWeek! Did you know the vast majority of ICPSR data holdings are public-use files…


Added by Dory Knight-Ingram on October 24, 2017 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Supporting a sustainable future for open access

Jisc have been involved in shaping and supporting the open access movement since its early days and we know that our member institutions want to see a sustainable future for open access; but what does sustainable look like when we’re talking about sharing research?

This, the tenth year of OA Week has an open theme itself, and while there are many benefits of open access (OA) to research, we know that top of the list of drivers for higher education institutes (HEIs) is ensuring they…


Added by Helen Blanchett on October 24, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments

IssueLab is Open in Order to…

For the 10th anniversary of International Open Access Week, the event organizers have challenged all of us open access cheerleaders to complete this sentence: “Open in order to….”

No problem! How much time do you have?



Added by Nick Shockey on October 24, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Understanding the costs of scholarly publishing – Why we need a public data infrastructure of publishing costs

This blogpost was written by Danny Lämmerhirt, research coordinator at Open Knowledge International, and originally appeared on the OKI blog:



Added by Lieke Ploeger on October 24, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Day 2: USGS Public Access Plan and library support

In March 2016, a USGS Leaders Blog announced the Bureau’s new Public Access Plan titled Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research at the U.S. Geological Survey: Scholarly Publications and Digital Data.  The USGS Public Access Plan builds on directives set forth by the White House in 2013, that lay out…


Added by US Geological Survey Library on October 24, 2017 at 8:49am — No Comments


Christian Fuchs (@fuchschristian) is the co-editor of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique an open access journal for critical communication studies which has been running since 2003, and is the editor of University of Westminster Press’ s open…


Added by Andrew Lockett on October 24, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments

The risk of open access becoming integrated into existing commercial publishing - the need of a global system of non-commercial open access scholarly communications

In this open access week we share our concerns 

"In Europe and USA scholarly communications have been outsourced and one of the most profitable businesses was built by main international commercial scholarly publishers, which today offer to take care of open access, building a new enclosure to knowledge for the Global South, and distracting governments, funding agencies and the scholarly community, in the North and in the South, from the need to build a global open access ecosystem…


Added by Dominique Babini on October 23, 2017 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Africa Code Week It's on going in Botswana

Today is the first day of the international open access week and i have made it my mission to partake through engaging some of the pupils in the schools which are in the area i reside.

There are eleven schools which have partnered with the association am a part of called "BanabaKgwale" to introduce children to programming using an open tool called "Scratch 2". It is a common tool which is drag and drop based with features alike to Lego which easily fit to instruct object within the…


Added by Motheo Terence Tshelwane on October 23, 2017 at 3:52pm — No Comments

10th Annual International Open Access Week Shines Spotlight on Increasing the Impact of Research & Scholarship

Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power of Open Access to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the 10th annual International Open Access Week taking place from October 23-29, 2017.

This year’s theme of “Open in Order to…” is meant to move the discussion beyond talking about openness itself…


Added by Nick Shockey on October 23, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

DIGITAL.CSIC Open in order to...

Hello everybody

This year we have built a web site that collects stories and examples of how the repository's contents are being used by the global community. Cases include concrete benefits for researchers, independent scholars, students, caretakers, doctors, journalists, teachers, NGOs, cultural curators, citizen scientists, SMEs, passionates about science and cultural heritage etcetera accessing research outputs by the Spanish National Research Council.…


Added by Isabel Bernal on October 23, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments

Free print copies of UWP titles to be won

 A year on from our first book title the University of Westminster Press to celebrate international open access week is running a competition for a free print copy of any of our six published book titles* for two winners.…


Added by Andrew Lockett on October 23, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments


You are invited to the first-of its-kind 'Open Access Week' to be held in University of Nigeria, Nsukka on 24th October, 2017. The Theme of the event is "Open in Order to Increase Visibility in Teaching and Research". The event is being organised by a group of Open Access Advocates in UNN to mark the International Open Access Week which is a…

Added by Helen Nneka Okpala on October 22, 2017 at 11:14pm — No Comments

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of

most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the

internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives

for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just…


Added by Gilda Given Silayo on October 22, 2017 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Webinar by Editage Insights - Beyond open access: Exciting new strategies for science communication

Why do authors choose to publish open access? In an ongoing survey by Editage Insights, many authors cite the main reason as “to increase research outreach”. But with more and more research papers being published every year, and more authors choosing the open access route than before, even open access is not enough to give your research the exposure it needs. Moreover, as a scientist, publication is no longer the end of your research lifecycle. It’s increasingly important for you to find…


Added by Jayashree Rajagopalan on October 22, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

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