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Open Access Week – a personal list of events

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Open Access Week is an international annual event during which universities, institutions and other organizations hold conferences, seminars, workshops and similar events to celebrate and promote the idea of Open Access.

 This year’s Open Access Week, which officially lasts from 21 to 27 October, is rich in events that can be counted in dozens. Since there is plenty to choose from, I have prepared a short list of those that are in my opinion particularly interesting.

So You Want to Publish Open Access?

Public workshop held by UC Berkeley School of Information; October 21, 2013 from 5pm to 6:30pm. This workshop addresses questions such as:

  • How to publish in Open Access?
  • How to receive funding to publish in Open Access?
  • How to publish research data?
  • How will you be affected by the new UC Open Access policy?
  • How do the rights to your publications work?

 More info here

Meeting of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA)

Event held by Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research; 22th October.

The event will be dedicated to a discussion of around 50 representatives from universities, research institutions, funders and research politics in Austria on the topic of a common and more comprehensive Open Access strategy.

More info here

SciELO 15 Years Conference

 The conference will take place from 22 to 25 October, São Paulo.

The conference to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the SciELO Network will bring together authorities and experts on research and scholarly communication. Main topics include:

  • Policies in Research and Scholarly Communication
  • Open Access – Current State and Trends
  • Scientometrics – Measurement of Research and Journal Quality
  • Trends and Innovations in Scholarly Communication
  • Experiences, Solutions, and Products and Services in Scholarly Communication

More info here

Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The event will take place in Senate House; October 24, 2013 from 10am to 5pm; UK

The event will focus on the opportunities and challenges that open access presents for the humanities and social sciences. The conference will provide stimulating contributions from all sides of the OA debate, with the goal of encouraging and shaping HSS-relevant engagement.

More info here

Open Access and Research Conference 2013

 The conference will be held in the Science and Engineering Centre; October 31, 2013 to November 1, 2013. The program:

  • The State of Open Access – United States and Europe
  • The State of Open Access – Australia and Asia
  • Advocacy and Advantage
  • Open Data
  • Open Innovation
  • Open Access Publishing
  • And many more

 More info here

Open Access Megajournals – Have They Changed Everything?

 The keynote will be held at University of British Columbia; October 22, 2013 from 9:30am to 11am. Live Webcast

The keynote address will be by Peter Binfield on Megajournals as a phenomenon and a publishing model. “A megajournal is typically understood to be an online-only journal; covering a very broad subject area; selecting content based only on scientific and methodological soundness; and with a business model which allows each article to cover its own costs. With these attributes, megajournals are not limited in potential output and as such are able to grow commensurate with any growth in submissions.”

More info here

Open Access Comedy Film Fest

Place: MacEwan University Library, City Centre Campus; 21-25 October.

In the spirit of celebrating online, and unrestricted access to information, MacEwan University Library is hosting an Open Access Comedy Film Festival.

 More info here

Twitter chat on Open access, medical research and global health #BMCMed

October 21, 2013 from 4pm to 5pm, on Twitter there will be a special chat to discuss how open access publishing impacts medical research and global health. The Twitter-chat will use the hashtag #BMCMed.

 More info here

This is only of course a small portion of the OA Week offer. If you would like to add something to this list, please write it in the comments. A complete list of events can be found on the Open Access Week page.

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