Webinar Series 2017


Webinar #7  Open Access week 2017 : Open in order to……..

Thursday 26th October

Presented by SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph.     

Heather  is currently leading charge to get the issue of Open Access through the US Congress via the bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act. She is a world leader on the issues surrounding open access and an exceptionally engaging speaker.


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Ginny Barbour & Heather Joseph



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Webinar #6  From open access to access to knowledge: connecting movements to democratise knowledge

Friday 22nd September 


Amanda Lawrence

Presented by Amanda Lawrence – Research and Strategy Manager at APO

(Please note: There were a few occasions during this webinar where Amanda’s line dropped out, we have edited those breaks out of this broadcast)

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The open access movement has mainly been focussed on the issue of opening up access to peer-reviewed journal articles and many definitions of open access explicitly define the term in this way. At the same time the internet has made it easier for many organisations and a wide range of content to be produced and disseminated in varying degrees of openness (grey literature, social media, data, videos, images etc). The explosion in new forms of production for research and other uses has not connected much with the academic open access movement, despite its capacity to radically increase access to research and information. From open access we now have open science,  open government, and access to knowledge as a sustainable development goal among a range of movements. The ideas of a knowledge commons and a digital infrastructure commons are also gaining traction, particularly in parts of the world where markets have failed in many ways and new approaches can be more readily embraced. Yet the open access movement continues to be somewhat isolated and these conversations do not connect nearly as much as we might hope as the vested interests of universities, libraries and ways of knowing are  still heavily tied to traditional journal publishing – open or closed.

This presentation considered some of these issues taking as its inspiration Amanda’s involvement with APO.org.au in curating and making available policy grey literature on the one hand, and at a more theoretical level the publication earlier this year of an open science manifesto by OCSD Network.

Open and collaborative science…

Principle 1: Enables a knowledge commons where every individual has the means to decide how their knowledge is governed and managed to address their needs

Principle 2: It recognizes cognitive justice , the need for diverse understandings of knowledge making to co-exist in scientific production

Principle 3: It practices situated openness by addressing the ways in which context, power and inequalitycondition scientific research

Principle 4: It advocates for every individual’s right to research and enables different forms of participation at all stages of the research process.

Principle 5: It fosters equitable collaboration between scientists and social actors and cultivates co-creation and social innovation in society

Principle 6: It incentivizes inclusive infrastructures that empower people of all abilities to make, and use accessible open-source technologies.

And finally, open and collaborative science:

Principle 7: strives to use knowledge as a pathway to sustainable development, equipping every individual to improve the well-being of our society and planet

Webinar #5   Tuwhera: can indigenous perspectives help to transform scholarly communication?


Luqman Hayes

15th August 2017

Presented by Luqman HayesScholarly Communications Team Leader,  Auckland University of Technology Library.

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Tuwhera – ‘be open’ in te Reo Māori – is Auckland University of Technology’s first open access scholarly journal hosting service. 

It launched in October 2016 with two peer-reviewed, AUT-edited titles and has grown swiftly to host five open access journals. This webinar will describe what distinguishes Tuwhera from other similar services offered by academic libraries not only in terms of its set up and its aims of creating an incubator space for new and emerging research publications, but also in the manner in which its progress has been informed by the values which underpin it. In aspiring to evolve from journal publishing platform into an ecosystem of interrelated tools for storing, describing and openly sharing research, Tuwhera seeks to draw upon Māori and other indigenous concepts of knowledge sharing and openness. It is envisaged that Tuwhera can play a significant role in the open access scholarly communications network, one that could be catalytic in influencing the institutional culture around open access, research dissemination and impact assessment with potentially far-reaching implications for policy in Aotearoa.


Webinar #4    Copyright & licensing: Just one challenge of Open Access

3rd July 2017


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While researchers are experts in their own fields, they often don’t have the legal expertise to be able to navigate the issues involving copyright and licensing.  Added to this is the confusion created by differing copyright & licensing policy requirements of research institutes, universities, funders and publishers – all of which can make copyright a big hurdle to get over.

Acknowledging these challenges, Mandy Henk, (Public Lead, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand) and Nerida Quatermass (Project Manager, Creative Commons Australia at QUT) led a discussion encouraging participants to think about the problem at a whole-system level.



Nerida Quatermass


Mandy Henk

Webinar #3   Measuring what matters: metrics incentives and openness

20 June 2017

Presented by David Nichols (Department of Computer science, University of Waikato) and Michael Twidale (School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois), the webinar looked at how they, as researchers wanting to advocate for open access, decided to explore openness from the perspective of designing metrics. Doing this made us realize that metric design is a sociotechnical problem, involving considerations of what is easy to count, what is important to count—and what to do when these are different.



Michael B. Twidale School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


David M. Nichols Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand

After the presentation AOASG Director Ginny Barbour directs questions from webinar participants.

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Read their paper Metrics for Openness  which proposed several metrics to describe different facets of open access and open research.  Read their blog post for AOASG.

Webinar #2    In their own words: academics talk about Open Access

08 May 2017

In the second of our 2017 webinar series, Richard White, Manager, Copyright & Open Access Vice-Chancellor’s Office, University of Otago shares the insightful results of a survey of staff attitudes towards open access and their publishing practices.  The webinar begins with Richard White discussing the context of the survey.



Richard White. Portrait in green’ by Catriona McKillop, used with permission.

After the presentation AOASG Executive Officer Ginny Barbour directs questions from webinar participants.

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*some of the spelling in the direct quotations on the slides is incorrect (as it was in the original survey responses)


Read our recent blogpost from Richard White

Webinar #1    Not the ‘Beall’ and end-all: the death of the blacklist*

03 April 2017

In this inaugural AOASG webinar, Macquarie University’s Dr Andy Pleffer & Susan Shrubb addressed the issues surrounding predatory behaviour in scholarly publishing.

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In this inaugural AOASG webinar, Macquarie University’s Dr Andy Pleffer & Susan Shrubb addressed the issues surrounding predatory behaviour in scholarly publishing.

In their presentation: Not the Beall and end-all: the death of the blacklist* they discussed key issues, including the place in the publishing landscape andy&susan_webinar1of the now defunct Beall’s list which had long been one man’s attempt to document the increasingly troublesome predatory publishing phenomenon.   They provided a road map for new career (and experienced) researchers to ensure they learn how to spot and avoid predatory journals – and more importantly to be strategic in their decision making around publishing. They discussed how important it is to understand that there is no single indication of quality for an informed decision and they presented a model for making good decisions early.

Andy Pleffer is the Manager, Research Assessment and Metrics, Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Susan Shrubb is the Acting Team Leader, Information Literacy Support & Development.  They lead the Strategic Publishing initiative at Macquarie University

Read our recent blogpost from Andy Pleffer

*Thanks to Emma Lawler for inspiration behind the title.