Open Access – What it means for research(ers)

By Oct.19, 2010

Open Access week starts today. It’s the fourth year it is running. In a very plain way it aims to spread the word about the Open Access movement, share open practices and hopefully gather more people interested in contributing to a culture of open sharing.

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It is still early days, but quite a lot has already been achieved. Look at the Directory of Open Access journals for instance. The diversity of journals is huge and imagine all that knowledge being there for you to access. No password required. Nothing. You can simply download a paper and read it. Is that easy.

People are not giving their work away, but they are sharing it with anyone who might have an interest in it.

Of course, Open Access is not restricted to making journal papers available. It is much bigger than that. As we try to make sense of the web, new approaches start to emerge. Science is definitely leading the way in terms of establishing a culture of open sharing and publication of knowledge in process (knowing).

That is probably the way we will be able to advance our research capacity much, much faster and further, as it raises the profile of our research, brings people who are interested in similar issues together, and enables different level of collaboration and participation.

There are a lot of events celebrating open access this week.

Below is a list of some. They are all open to anyone to attend. So why not give it a try…even if you are not sure about it? At least we learn what is being done, how it is being done, who’s involved… Maybe we can find ways of making our research more available to others at the same time we find ways of discussing and presenting it 😉

Open Access Week Events

Open Access Week Webinar Schedule

Open Access Week at Athabasca University (webcasts)

Academics worth following

Terry Anderson – Athabasca University, Canada

Alec Couros – Regina University, Canada

Cameron Neylon, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK

Read More:

Panton Principles

SPARC Innovators

All about Open Access

Any other resources worth sharing or any comments or questions you might have, please don’t hesitate to post them here.

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