Open Access Week: Welcome to Open Access Week 2017!

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This is the first in a series of blog posts we are producing to celebrate International Open Access Week 2017. See here for full details of the event and what we are doing to coincide with it at RGU.

Open Access means making research outputs (like journal articles and conference papers) freely available online under open licences that enable other people to re-use them. It is related to other “Open” movements, such as Open Education and Open Data. As a globally-recognised event, Open Access Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of- and encourage engagement with Open Access, and to celebrate the benefits that it offers.

“Open In Order To…” is the theme of this year’s event. It prompts us to think specifically about what Open Access can help to achieve. Over the next few days, we’ll be making several blog posts that suggest responses to this theme. You can also engage in discussions on this theme with the rest of the Open Access community on Twitter, using #OAweek and #OpenInOrderTo.

Meanwhile, we will also be hosting a pop-up stand that will appear at various locations across campus throughout the week. Keep an eye out for us (we’ll be wearing bright orange waistcoats!) and come talk to us; we’ll be offering free, Open Access-themed foods as well!

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