It’s Open Access Week 2018!

Kyle Brady
Monday 22 October 2018

It’s that time of year again when around the world people are celebrating all things Open Access. The theme of this year’s International Open Access Week, is “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.”

In the first blog post we will look at work going on in the Humanities to raise the profile of Open Access books. This is something that has been gaining traction in recent years, but the foundations are yet to settle. We will also take a look at the download statistics from the repository, and look more closely at the new reports that are available from IRUS-UK – a UK wide repository statistics service. We have a post planned for #ThesisThursday too, this is a day in OA Week reserved for highlighting open access theses in recognition of the release of Professor Stephen Hawking’s thesis last year which temporarily broke the University of Cambridge’s repository due to the volume of traffic. In the post we will hear from our colleagues in the Library cataloguing team who will be sharing with us a unique insight into their recently digitised theses. Finally on Friday we’ll be sharing some of the articles that have recently come out of embargo and are now publicly available from the repository, and we’ll explain more about this process and the reasons why we often can’t make research outputs open access immediately.

All this week we will be tweeting too, and also highlighting the 3 simple steps to achieving open access – Deposit, Discovery, and Access.

If you would like to discuss with us anything OA related (or related to our other work as well of course) then do drop in to our office on Butts Wynd too. We also have a lot of freebies to give away 😃

So do watch the blog for more! And if you want to stay informed about how this week is being celebrated around the world you can follow #OAWeek.

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