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Tag Archives: Open Access Week
This week is Open Access Week 2015 and the theme is ‘Open for Collaboration’. INASP, in collaboration with UNESCO, is hosting a competition for 10 successful applicants with grants to support Open Access-related events. Activities will showcase what universities and research institutions within developing and emerging countries are planning and doing. Supported activities in 2015 include the training of rural health workers in Tanzania, events supporting the ‘Reach of Research’ in Nepal and the launch of an institutional repository, along with an open access conference in Cuba. At INASP we will put focus on the week, and on our competition winners, by posting daily challenges and questions around Open Access. All our partners are encouraged to get involved on social media and the Open Access Week website. We hope to share ideas, information and stories from around the world. If you do not already, follow INASP on Twitter @INASPinfo, tag … Continue reading
This week has been a very interesting as we hear the stories of how librarians (and in many cases students) have embraced Open Access Week. While I have not attended any events in person, I have been able to share in many — some supported through the INASP competition, others managed and financed entirely by the host libraries. A common theme and realisation coming out of the activities this year is around the increased visibility researchers get from publishing in Open Access journals and depositing their papers in repositories. There have also been many comments about the value of using OA articles and an increasing awareness that these are of a high quality as they have usually gone through stringent peer review processes.
Lupane State University was awarded one of the INASP Open Access Competition grants for their stakeholder meeting and workshop proposal. This aimed to bring together a range of stakeholders including librarians, researchers, academics and university administrators. This also aimed to create awareness of the importance of Open Access and highlight the need, importance and requirements of an institutional repository. Their Librarian, Sheila Ndlovu, shared this report of yesterday’s event. The Open access week continued today with a presentation highlighting the importance of Open Access. It was argued that OA is about unlocking doors to information and the removal of restrictive copyright laws to help build knowledge sharing communities. The speaker implored academics that support of OA requires global support for research and creativity which would aid in developing our nation socially, economically and politically thereby bridging the gap between developed and developing nations. He then chronicled the stages of OA from … Continue reading