Open Access Week, the annual event celebrating the global movement towards Open Access (OA) to research and scholarship, began its fifth annual event today, October 24.
According to a press release from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), which coordinated the event, the week provides an opportunity to learn about the benefits of Open Access, share new ideas, and inspire wider participation in establishing Open Access as the norm in scholarly communication.
A number of institutions across North America have events planned, from the Harvard University-sponsored “Yana,” an open-source template for scholarly journals to develop mobile applications, to the University of Utah event exploring new media, fair use, and pop culture.
More than 2,000 individuals in more than 110 countries registered in the Open Access Week social network at openaccessweek.org, according to SPARC. An interactive member map is available on the Web site.
The event also features a video series with leading voices in research and digital technology. This year’s feature is Brewster Kahle, founder and Chairman of the Internet Archive, who suggests the time is ripe for Open Access.
The full collection of SPARC videos is available on the openaccessweek.org Web site.