Happy Open Access Week!

Open Access Week 2023 (October 23-29) is a chance to celebrate the open sharing of research, and investigate ways to disseminate our research widely and with minimal barriers to readership.

The theme of this year’s global initiative, “Community over commercialisation” encourages a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritise the best interests of the public and the academic community—and which do not.

Open Access Facts” by Ewa Dmytryk-Klempel is licensed under CC BY

On Tuesday 24 October at 2pm NZDT Welby Ings will talk about Ia, AUT’s groundbreaking Rainbow Research Collection,as part of a session titled What is community control and why does it matter? Professor Ings will be joined by Ngapera Riley from FigureNZ and Margaret Warren from the State Library of Queensland.

Donna Coventry, Scholarly Communications Coordinator at Te Mātāpuna Library and Learning Services joins a panel including Johan Rooryck (cOAlition S) and Arianna Becerril-Garcia (Autonomous University of Mexico; AmeliCA) as part of a workshop on the sustainability of “diamond” open access journals like those supported through Tuwhera on Thursday 26 October at 2pm NZDT.

The end of the week features a crucial forum on “Creating space for Indigenous and Pacific research” which will be facilitated by Te Mātāpuna Kaitoha Puka (University Librarian) Kim Tairi and includes Indigenous experts from across Aotearoa and First Nations Australian communities.

Commenting on the OA Week events, Professor Mark Orams, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research said:  “Open access enables the results of scholarly research to be disseminated more rapidly and widely and in so doing fulfils the Rautaki Rangahau objective of whakaawe, extending our impacts and influence, engaging with communities and contributing to positive social benefits. It is great to see our staff engaged in these vital discussions, showcasing AUT’s innovation and leadership in the OA space.”  

Check out the full programme to see the range of critical discussions and talks on a range of open research and academic publishing issues from dispelling myths about “predatory” open access to exploring why publishing in ‘closed’ or paywalled journals can have a negative effect on your impact.

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