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A guide to open access; understanding what it is, why it's important, and what you can do.

Open Access Week 2019: Open for Whom?

Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions, and organizations across the world. ASU Library has been participating in Open Access Week since 2009open access week banner "Open for whom?As the transition to a system for sharing knowledge that is open by default accelerates, the question “open for whom?” is essential—both to consider and to act upon. Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support? Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning? Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication? These questions will determine the extent to which emerging open systems for research will address inequities in the current system or replicate and reinforce them.

We find ourselves at a critical moment. The decisions we make now—individually and collectively—will fundamentally shape the future for many years to come. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. Asking ourselves and our partners “open for whom?” will help ensure that considerations of equity become and remain central in this period of transition.

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OA Week 2019 News & Events

Linguistic Society of America Webinar Fri, Oct 25, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Arizona

Free registration

Speaker information

To celebrate International Open Access Week, join the LSA for an Open Access Primer to get up to speed about Open Access. We will cover what it means for scholarly work to be “Open”, how to identify Open Access publishing options in linguistics, and how Open Access relates to other movements such as Open Data, Open Source, and Open Education. Finally, we will discuss how to incorporate and contextualize Open Scholarship in your scholarly practice and the benefits to you and your work. This webinar will be of interest to anyone who publishes, or plans to publish, their work, as well as to those with an interest in Open Access issues.

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.