Sunday, October 26, 2014

Celebrating OpenAccess with uOttawa

OpenAccess Week
Recently all across the globe people have been celebrating OpenAccess week. This year marked the eighth annual OpenAccess  week and took place from October 20th to the 26th at locations all around the world. The event brought together a wide array of academic and research professionals to discuss the current state of open access. Through events they seek to raise awareness of open access  and open access initiatives going on worldwide and explore ways of to make knowledge accessible for the world. OpenAccess week events highlight new technologies, policies and other matters surrounding open access to find ways of revolutionizing the distribution of knowledge.

What is Open Access?
For those not familiar, open access is an initiative to spread knowledge worldwide by giving free unrestricted online access to a number of educational materials. Generally this consists of scholarly journals, but in the recent years there has been a greater push to include entire books, theses and other scholarly material amongst the institutions taking part in open access initiatives. Being able to share all of this valuable information is useful not only in developing parts of the world, but it also enables scholars in developed countries to more quickly and freely exchange information to help push research forward. This also allows authors to keep their original copyrights, increase the visibility of their research and have a greater impact worldwide. A wide variety of institutions are taking part in open access work, with the major ones being colleges and universities worldwide.