OA Week Events

* Planning an OAW event? Post your event details to the OA Week section of the Open Access Directory.

* Looking for OAW events to attend? Browse the same section of the OAD, which is organized by region.
* Want to see what people did last year for ideas for this year? Check out last year's archive.


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Theme of 2016 International Open Access Week to be “Open in Action”

In conjunction with this year’s Open Access Week Advisory Committee, SPARC today announces the theme for this year’s 9th International Open Access Week, to be held October 24-30, will be “Open in Action.”…


Posted by Nick Shockey on May 12, 2016 at 9:45am

Open Access Week: A View from Nepal

OA advocates like me have been waiting for this significant and riveting time of the year. The highlight of this year is definitely the International Open Access Week; a focal week, when the global community unites to celebrate the achievements of openness, organize different events around the world in collaboration with one another, plan for the future and eulogize…


Posted by Roshan Karn on October 22, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Why do I support Open Access

It was in mid September last year that I heard something about Open Access when I attended an academic event .The man said what Open Access means and said that will get more information about it well when we attend the Medical student’s conference later that year.

 The medical student’s conference was very interactive and among the pre-conference workshops that were present, Open Access workshop was among them and I really didn’t waste any minute and signed up for it.

That was…


Posted by Benson Bryceson Mringo on October 19, 2015 at 4:32pm

Opening up access to research and information isn't a luxury – it's a necessity

Children struggle to learn when they don’t have science labs and libraries. Learning becomes difficult in classrooms that are falling apart, or where children are expected to sit on the floor because they have neither desks nor chairs.…


Posted by Ina Smith on October 20, 2015 at 6:30am

SPARC Africa: capacitating Africa towards access to Open Scholarship

In response to the portentous need of access to scholarly content by the African research community, an additional SPARC Chapter, SPARC Africa, has been established and was launched at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Academic and  Research Libraries (ARL) Satellite meeting on the 14th August 2015.  The Chapter’s primary focus will be to capacitate Africans in academic and research sectors to champion…


Posted by Jill Claassen on October 19, 2015 at 10:00am

SPARC & Wikipedia Library Announce the Wikipedia Open Access Week Edit-a-thon

In celebration of International Open Access Week and this year’s theme of “Open for Collaboration,” SPARC and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Library are co-hosting a global, virtual edit-a-thon for Open Access-related content on Wikipedia. 

Wikipedia is the first source that many consult about…


Posted by Nick Shockey on September 2, 2015 at 4:00pm

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Leydi Rubio Mahecha joined Alejandro Uribe Tirado's group

Acceso abierto en Colombia

Este grupo busca conectar a las diferentes personas y organizaciones que en Colombia están interesadas en apoyar y promover el acceso abierto, y en un sentido específico, la ciencia abierta.See More
Inga H. Barnello posted an event

Unlocking the Library: Reading, Writing and Working in the Open at United States of America

October 26, 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
Panel Presentation & DiscussionTopics and presenters:"Libraries and Open Access - What is it? Why does it matter?" (Anne Rauh, Librarian for Science and Engineering, Syracuse University) "Woolf and OA - would Virginia Woolf support OA?" (Chris Forster, Assistant Professor of English, Syracuse University) Forester will tie the themes of OA to those discussed in the COR100 common reading, A Room of One's Own. Virginia Woolf was an advocate for information access for all, but as a…See More
Marinus Swanepoel posted a blog post

Celebrating Open Access Week at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada

We will have a panel discussion about Open Access Publishing on Thursday, October 27 at noon in L950.In addition,Gerald Beasley, the University Librarian from the University of Alberta, will present our annual Open Access Week talk, Open Access in Action, on October 27 at 3 pm in the Library. Please join us if you are interested.  The event will be streamed live.  Information about how to access the stream will be provided in this blog in advance.See More
Dr. Rupak Chakravarty posted a blog post

Serving as Associate Editor, DOAJ

I'm pleased to share with you that I'm now serving as Associate Editor, DOAJ. See More
Monica Samwel Chipungahelo updated their profile
Teresa MacKinnon posted a status
"thanks for letting me in! I'm co-chair of the ALT Open Ed Sig"
Jazmin Alejandra Navarro Munera updated their profile
Bianca Elena Ivanof posted an event

Open Research for Academics: A workshop and hackathon at United Kingdom

October 29, 2016 from 9:30am to 7pm
Open research is much more than open access. It is about making all aspects of the research process open to all possible interested parties. It involves innovative approaches to communicating results and sharing outputs. It is about accessibility, inclusivity, citizen science, public engagement, radical transparency, reproducibility, data sharing, social media and more.Supported by the British Academy, this event aims to inspire and educate researchers across all disciplines on how to benefit…See More
Sinziana Paltineanu updated their profile
Lina Carro posted a photo
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Romain Féret updated their profile
Jeff Liu posted an event

Open in Action – Enhancing Research Impact @CUHK AIMS at Hong Kong

October 24, 2016 from 10am to 5pm
Date: October 24, 2016 (Monday)Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (HKT)Venue: The Beacon and the University Library, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (香港中文大學百萬大道烽火台及大學圖書館)The Open Access Day is to share with the University community the benefits of opening up research.  Themed as “Open in Action – Enhancing Research Impact @CUHK AIMS”, the event is tied in with the International Open Access Week to highlight the needs of taking action now to open up research through the new Academic Information…See More
Paul Schultze-Motel posted events
SALAU, Sadiat Adetoro updated their profile
Courtney Matthews posted an event

University of Waterloo Library Open Access Events 2016 at Canada

October 1, 2016 at 6pm to December 31, 2016 at 7pm
International Open Access (OA) Week 2016 is fast approaching. This year's theme, "Open in Action," focuses on encouraging us to take concrete steps towards realizing the goal of open research. The University of Waterloo Library will be hosting a variety Open Access themed events in the upcoming weeks.Topics to be discussed include, UWSpace,…See More


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