Open Access Week 22-28 October

 

ACADEMICS and researchers from across the globe will be promoting the benefits of open access at various events and activities as Open Access Week 2012 launches today.

 

Now in its sixth year, Open Access Week is a worldwide annual event that creates awareness about open access and encourages the research and academic communities to participate. It is also an opportunity for researchers, funding agencies, institutes, universities and libraries from around the world to connect with each other and discuss ways to use open access facilities and further research.

 

Open access is essentially about providing free, immediate, online access to academic information and research that is free of most licencing/copyright restrictions. This approach spreads research to a wider audience and thereby gains more visibility, which is an important advantage for funding bodies and publishers.

 

Advocates of open access have already witnessed many of its benefits and believe as it becomes more widespread there will be marked changes in the way scientific research is practised. In addition to the research community, open access is expected to have important implications for industry and society at large.

 

According to Simon Jones, Director of Research Media Ltd, open access is already having a powerful influence on the landscape of the research and scientific communities. “We have supported the concept of open access from day one because we can see the vital role it plays in advancing learning, research and industry,” says Jones. “We encourage the scientific and research communities, as well as universities, libraries and others to participate in Open Access Week and discover how they too can benefit.”

 

Activities taking place during Open Access week include seminars, talks, exhibitions, competitions, training sessions in open access resources and displays showcasing open access software.

 

For more information about Open Access Week, visit: www.openaccessweek.org

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