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A celebration of the open access movement, Open Access week hosts events that are aimed at highlighting how open access has transformed the landscape of society due to increased access to scientific research.

Why Open Access Week?

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For the academic and research community (and anyone else interested)...

  • to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access
  • to share what they’ve learned with colleagues
  • to help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research

"Open access" to information—the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need—has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. (from the website)

What happens during Open Access Week?

Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public...

  • can host faculty votes on campus open-access policies
  • can issue reports on the societal and economic benefits of Open Access
  • can commit new funds in support of open-access publication
  • ...and more! View the live stream of events here.

What are we celebrating?

Author note: This year saw the passing of Aaron Swartz, one of the most vocal supporters of the open access movement.

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About the author

Luis Ibanez - Luis Ibáñez works as Senior Software Engineer at Google Inc in Chicago. Opinions expressed in this site are his own.You can find him in github at: in twitter at: previously worked as a Technical Leader at Kitware Inc., and Director of Open Source...