You could say that October is the month for Open Access. The list of events and conferences on the subject is already impressive and increasing every day. What awaits us then in the next four weeks?
Open Access Week
This is an annual event, which this year takes place on October 21-27, 2013. Now in its 6th year, it is, of course, a worldwide event. The purpose of Open Access Week is to encourage “the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.” The weeklong event is supported by a multitude of less formal events throughout October under the banner of Open Access Week. If you are interested in what is taking place, you can find a list of events and conferences on the official event website.
MedOANet European Conference
On the 17-18 October 2013, the European Conference on Open Access prepared by MedOANet will take place in Athens. The conference will revolve around the development of open access in six Mediterranean countries: Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Turkey. The Mediterranean Open Access Network is a project funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. It supports the coordination of open access strategies, and focuses especially on the development of policies and structures in those six Mediterranean countries. The press release about the conference can be found HERE.
Open Access Days in Hamburg
Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky in Hamburg and the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics will host Open Access Days on October 1-2, 2013. The event is aimed primarily for experts in the field of Open Access from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as for scientists of all other disciplines, publishing representatives and supporters of scientific research and communication processes in libraries as well as research institutes. If you are interested in this event, it can be watched on livestream.
Of course, this is not a full list of events taking place this month. I also encourage you to write in the comments about interesting, open access initiatives that are taking place in October so that I can add them to the post.