- To kick off Open Access Week 2010, Dr. Philip Bourne has challenged scholars to think beyond free and ready access to the literature – made possible by Open Access – and consider how technology may be deployed to advance research. Accept the challenge and report on how Open Access has changed your ability to conduct research, access literature, or teach. Post your report in text or video to http://www.openaccessweek.org.
- Be like Bourne; challenge your community. More challenges, to commit evidence of how Open Access helps advance research across all participating sectors are invited through the Open Access Week Web site. Simply post your challenge and links and share with the world.
- At Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, Open Access Week 2009 was the forum for a faculty vote on the campus’s proposed policy to require Open Access to institutional research outputs. The policy passed and Trinity became the first small, primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution to pass such a measure. (http://www.trinity.edu/departments/public_relations/news_releases/0...)
- Encourage your department, institute, or campus to adopt an open-access policy. More than 100 institutions around the world have crafted policies encouraging or requiring their researchers to archive their research in freely available repositories, including MIT, the University of Kansas, Duke, the University of Edinburgh, ETH Zürich, University of Birmingham, UK, Simon Fraser University, and others.
A wide number of resources are available to help simplify the process:
Researchers, as authors, have plenty of opportunities to support Open Access and get greater reach for your research – through open-access journals, open-access repositories, and author rights management. Explore your options at OASIS (http://www.openoasis.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=arti...
). Don’t forget to raise the issue with tenure and promotion committees on campus, as well. Faculty have the ability to begin to influence the culture change needed to reward actions that make research and scholarship more widely accessible and useful.