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 2009!
This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. 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. This year’s Open Access Week invites all interested stakeholders to participate in advancing this important work.
Setting the default to open is an essential step toward making our system for producing and distributing knowledge more inclusive, but it also comes with new challenges to be addressed. How do we ensure sustainability models used for open access are not exclusionary? What are inequities that open systems can recreate or reinforce? Whose voices are prioritized? Who is excluded? How does what counts as scholarship perpetuate bias? What are areas where openness might not be appropriate?
While governments, funders, universities, publishers and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, there are many variations in how these are implemented. As we continue to explore new options for creating and sharing scholarship, we must be intentional about designing these systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community.
Join us for coffee and conversation exploring different scholar expectations, perceptions and practices for sharing scholarship around the world.
Speakers include: Qian Liu, Asian Studies Librarian; Anali Perry, Scholarly Communication Librarian; and Seonaid Valiant, Curator for Latin American Studies.
Please join ASU Library for a free screening of the film "Paywall: the Business of Scholarship" in honor of Open Access Week.
The short documentary examines the highly profitable business of scholarly publishing — $25.2 billion annually — and the consequential lack of access to that information. Lunch will be provided.
This week is a great time to consider a better place for your work than unreliable academic social networks and repositories that have been purchased by publishers. Here is a selected list of new and upcoming disciplinary repositories that might be a great new home for making your work openly available and sharing it with the world.