Open Science Sunday — 18.10.09

By Fabiana Kubke 18/10/2009

open access logoo originally designed by public library of science

open access logo originally designed by public library of science

Starting tomorrow, Monday 19th to the 23rd of October the world celebrates its first international Open Access Week. To celebrate, I have removed the brackets from my title. As stated in their website:

Open Access is the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication, and it’s gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers throw their weight behind it.

There are a series of events to be held in Wellington to celebrate the Open Access Week (Thanks Brenda for the link).

Monday 19 (1:00-2:00pm) Jane Hornibrook and Stephanie Pietkiewicz from Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand will talk about the Creative Commons licences.
Tuesday 20th
(12:30-2:00 pm) will see a workshop on open access publishing.
Wednesday 21st (1:00 pm-2:00pm) will have Wayne Mackintosh on video conference to talk about the development of a free education curriculum. (If you haven’t yet, check out this great WikiEducator project)
Thursday 22nd (12:30-2:00pm) will have roundtable on Institutional Repositories.
Friday 23rd (1:00-2:00pm) will have Jordan Carter from Internet NZ talk about the importance of net neutrality for open access and similar activities.

All of the details including locations and more detailed descriptions of the activities can be found here.

You can find heaps of great resources through the open access week main page, but here are a few:

  • Glynn Moody’s Keynote address posted by the Geek Society is a must see (via @br3nda on twitter)
  • Peter Suber maintains a tight open access news roll that is a must follow to keep up to date with what is going on in the open access world.
  • The directory of open access journals will point you to those open access scientific and scholarly journals where you can read the primary work.
  • You can visit the ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies) webpage (come on New Zealand, you can do much better than that!)
  • You can visit the Creative Commons webpage to learn everything about the licences.
  • Science Commons also has great resources for scientists that want to be part of the Open Access movement.

If yo think I should add other resources, please let me know.

And my favourite tweet (OK, not exactly this week, but certainly appropriate).