International Open Access Week is a global event held to celebrate and promote the benefits of Open Access. It helps to raise awareness of Open Access as a concept as well as the tools and strategies for engaging with it. The first Open Access Week (originally just “Open Access Day”) was held in 2007 in the USA and organised by SPARC. Since then, it has grown to be an entire week and is celebrated across the world. More information about the history and mission of Open Access Week is available from the SPARC and Open Access Week websites.
The next Open Access Week will be occurring during the week of Monday 24th to Sunday 30th October 2016. The official theme of the event is “Open in Action”: encouraging people to take practical measures to ensure that their own work is as open as possible, celebrating those who are engaging with Open Access already, and providing evidence of the benefits that Open Access can provide.
RGU library staff will be doing a variety of things to help promote Open Access Week and engage with the rest of the university community. For more information, check out our guide here.