Open Access Week

During the week of October 18 to 23, more than 200 sites around the globe will mark Open Access Week 2009. Research institutes, colleges, universities, and advocacy organizations will host events to express their support for free and immediate online access to the results of scholarly research.

The week has been organized by numerous international higher ed organizations, for example The Joint Information Services Committee (JISC) of the UK and SURF in the Netherlands, SPARC in the US, the Public Library of Science, Students for Free Culture, eIFL, the Open Access Directory, and OASIS (the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook).  Open Access Week is also supported by a broad array of partners, who promote participation in the week as well as programming specific to their constituencies. 2009 partners include: SPARC Europe, SPARC Japan, Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (UK), SciELO-FAPESP-BIREME (Brazil), The Open Society Institute (New York & Budapest), Open-access.net (Germany), The Public Knowledge Project (Canada), My Open Archive (Japan), DuraSpace (US), and IssueLabs (US).

Although the University has not yet expressed a position on Open Access, ODAI is interested in stimulating discussion of these issues at Yale.  Meg Bellinger, ODAI Director, prepared a summary of open access issues for discussion with the ODAI's Advisory Committee on October 13 (summary below).

For more background, we suggest:

  1. video of a presentation about "Campus Open Access Policies and The Harvard Experience" by Stuart M. Shieber (Professor of Computer Science at Harvard, Director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society).  Professor Shieber's video is the second one on that page.
  2. video by John Wilbanks, Vice President of Science Commons, about Making Research and Data Useful and The Scholar’s Copyright Project that is developing tools and resources for expanding and enhancing open access (OA) to published research and data.

More resources and news about Open Access Week 2009 are available at the OAW website and through the Web sites of the organizers: