Open Access Week 2020

Open with Purpose:

Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion

We developed a series of events for Open Access Week across Australia and New Zealand with wonderful guest speakers and workshops each day.

We interviewed Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty.

We are very grateful for the team who, together with AOASG staff, have pulled this series of events together: Emma McLean UNSW, Katya Henry QUT, Luqman Hayes AUT, Mary Filsell Flinders, Thomas Shafee La Trobe.

OA Week recordings & slides:

Preprints: a practical guide – Jessica Polka ASAP bio

Open and FAIR research practices – Matthias Liffers ARDC
Workshop materials

Communicating a pandemic – Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles Slides

Indigenous voices, indigenous research and open access: Panel discussion – Kirsten Thorpe, Dr Sereana Naepi, Professor Hinematau McNeill, Associate Professor Hēmi Whaanga

Beyond open access – Associate Professor Alice Motion

Copyright and CC licensing for OA – Elliott Bledsloe from the Australian Digital Alliance Slides

Biodiversity and linked Open Access data – Siobhan Leachman
Slides and sample letter

Connecting up data via Wikidata – Dr Thomas Shafee
Slides and links

Investing in the Infrastructure for Open – Kaitlin Thaney Executive Director at Invest in Open Infrastructure Slides

Advocacy in the pandemic – Ginny Barbour AOASG & QUT, Katya Henry QUT & Creative Commons Australia & Iftikah Hayat, Charles Darwin University Slides

Open Access Week events across Australasia

See a calendar of Australian events here, compiled by the Australian Open Educational Practice Special Interest Group. Detail from universities below.

Australian National University
ANU announces the launch of its new OA policy just ahead of OA week. The policy and procedures can be found in the online ANU Policy Library.
Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell has relaunched the ANU Data Commons – the University’s own data repository.

Bond University
Bond University Library has a news post everyday this week on an OA topic, including two interviews with researchers – Professor Magnolia Cardona from the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine and Professor James Birt from the Faculty of Society and Design
Library Services is holding an Open Access e-journal Poster display in the Main Library of all ten OA ejournals published at Bond.
Read more

Charles Darwin University
CDU Library is hosting two events in OA Week for Humanities and Social Sciences (HAAS) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) researchers and a quiz.
The first session will cover:
– An overview of CDU’s Open Access Support for Increased Citations (OASIC) – Scheme
– Top Quality Journals and Scimago SJR – how to find and select an appropriate Q1 Journal
– Indexed Journal Articles and importance related to impact, reputation and rankings
– Fields of Research (FoR) Codes

This session will also include practical activities, with an opportunity to participate with demonstrations on:
– Identifying quality journals in your discipline using SciMago SJR
– Using SciVal to check the quartile of your indexed publications

The second part of the series will include live Q & A style sessions with CDU Researchers from a range of fields who have successfully published Q1 articles.

Charles Sturt University
Book Launch Open Access in Theory and Practice: The Theory-Practice Relationship and Openness Co-authored by Dr Simon Wakeling, Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Thu, 22 October 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AEST
Register here

Flinders University
Flinders University Library
The theme of Open Access Week 2020 is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”. Register now for free to join Prashant Pandey, Library Director, in discussion with special guests Prof Tara Brabazon, Dean of Graduate Research, and Karen Ashford, Director of Media and Communications (OCME), as they explore the themes of Open Access in light of Flinders University Researchers and our emerging student researchers of the future. Register here
Orama Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing, and the Flinders University Library
Aligning these Open Access week and Mental health week, we bring together the Orama Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing, and the Flinders University Library for a special BRAVE livestream event. Join Professor Mike Kyrios and panellists, Joep Van Agteren, and Liz Hall, as they discuss the science of mental health, wellbeing and resilience building, and the importance of access to accurate, research and evidence-based, trusted information. Register here 

Griffith University
Professor Brydie Bartleet from Queensland Conservatorium discusses research discoverability through Griffith Research Online and how it facilitates equity and accessibility: Interview here

James Cook University
This year JCU open access activities will be undertaken over a period of four weeks (October-November), rather than limited to just the week.
James Cook University Library and Information service in conjunction with the Graduate Research School are marking Open Access Week 2020 with two inaugural awards, HDR Open Access Advocate 2020, and the ECR Open Access Champion 2020. The advocate competition is seeking creative short responses that answer the question “Why I support Open Access in research”.  The competition is open to all JCU Higher Degree by Research candidates and closes on Friday 30th October with the winner being announced in mid-November and receive a $200 book prize. The ECR Open Access Champion 2020 Award will be presented to the researcher with the most open access publication with impact over a two-year period.
Details here

La Trobe University
The Library is hosting events this Open Access Week, including Visualise Your Thesis’, open scholarship and knowledge translation, Open education publishing roundtable, Open GLAM with Reid Marginalia, Finding and citing public domain and OA material, and the launch of the University’s new Open Access space, OPAL 
Details here

QUT Library is hosting two events, Datasets for Research: Open with purpose on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm and a special short presentation in Hacky Hour on Thursday at 2pm.
In previous years the library has visited the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses with their trusty OA Week bike. This year there is an interactive map of QUT, where you can use the (image of) bike to check out the success stories of researchers at QUT, publishing in the OA space.
Details here

A number of events are on offer at the RMIT University Library including webinars about Raising awareness of OER textbooks and open licences; Open educational publishing – lessons learnt and Open Access and Research at RMIT
Register for RMIT webinars here

Swinburne University
Open Access in the time of COVID-19
Lunch and Learn, 12-1pm Thursday 22 October 2020
This OA week the Swinburne Library will discuss some of the OA projects that have been established worldwide to facilitate COVID-19 research and ask what will this mean for the research environment after COVID. The session will also describe how the Swinburne Library is supporting OA and preparing for the scholarly communication framework of the future. Speakers include Richard Ferrers from the Australian Research Data Commons and Swinburne Library Services staff. The recording will be made available after the event on the Swinburne Commons:

University of Melbourne
 Organiser of OA events at the University of Melbourne, Dimity Flanagan (Manager, Scholarly Communications) encourages researchers to engage with the conversation in the following three ways.
1.Get insights from other researchers
Guest Posts on the Researcher@Library Blog
2.Attend an online event (or two)
Webinar: Public Access and Your Thesis
Webinar: Open Access 101
3.Join the conversation on twitter
Details here

University of Newcastle
The library is running a competition in support and awareness of Open Access Week 2020 titled ‘Submit your peer reviewed article to win an Apple iPad and a free coffee’ Submit a copy of your full-text, peer-reviewed manuscript (Final accepted version) to NOVA at before midnight October 25.
Details here

During global Open Access Week UNSW Library will be running two online events that will discuss what Open Access is and what tools you can use at UNSW and beyond to find and ethically access open scholarly content, on Tuesday 20 October 1:30pm – 2pm and Wednesday 21 October 5pm – 5:30pm. Register here if interested. Visit the Open Access subject guide to view the online calendar of seven open access tools and resources and to learn about open access and how the library can assist you.
Details here

University of Southern Queensland
USQ has a full week of Open Access events scheduled including:
Celebrations for the release of USQs first open textbook, workshop on 3D printing and Open Manufacturing, Webinar on the Open Access movement and a presentation on ‘The value of open assessment for opening up higher education”.
Details here

University of Western Australia
The Library has an Open Access Week program to inspire and support UWA researchers to make their work openly available:
Panel discussions –  The Benefits of Open Access & How to Make Research Open Access
Workshop  – Pathways to Open Access Publishing
Individual consultations – Find Your Open Access Pathway
Checklist – Your Open Access Pathway Checklist
Details here

Victoria University
VU is offering online sessions on open access and seeking contribution to its open access target throughout the month of October.
Based on 2020 Open Access theme – Open with purpose: Taking action to build structural equity and inclusion – the program of activities offer tools and strategies to open up knowledge.
The program offers VU staff and students tools and strategies to open up knowledge. Some of the sessions include;
• Encourage open access for learning
• Open access publishing
• Copyright for teaching
• Strategies for scholarly publishing
• Predatory publishing
• Copyright for researchers
• FAIR principles
• Data management essentials
• A no-cost way to make your publications open access
• Open educational resources
Details here

Victoria University of Wellington
Deposit-athon stalls open to help you with depositing papers into the new Open Access Institutional Repository.
Open Access Publishing: A Conversation
Join Katy Miller and three VUW researchers talking about their experiences with open access publishing. There’ll be a panel conversation, followed by discussion with the audience
Details here

We are compiling details of activities running in institutions across the region and will be highlighting them here and on our social media channels.  
Please get in touch if you are planning an event and would like it highlighted.
You can download International OA Week graphics and resources here