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Open Access Week 2015 - Videos of events

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Open Access (OA) provides the world with free, unrestricted access to research materials. Making research free gives everyone equal access to current, high-quality knowledge and provides researchers with the opportunity to increase the visibility and impact of their work.

Open Access Week is a global event to raise awareness and make OA the new norm in scholarship and research. This year’s theme is ‘Open for Collaboration’, which highlights the ways in which collaboration has advanced the OA movement. The week will be held from 19 – 25 of October. UTS Library is running a number of events to promote the advantages of making research open:

Open Access Week Events

In Discussion: Peter Scott, Assistant DVC (Education)
4.30pm, 22 October
Events Space, Level 2
Before joining UTS Peter was the Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University (OU) in the UK, which offers flexible distance learning and provides a suite of free OU course materials online. Peter will talk about his experiences developing open educational resources.

If you missed this event or want a replay, the video is below.

Book Launch: Lace Narratives
5.30pm, 22 October
Events Space, Level 2
UTS ePRESS and MediaObject launch the new monograph Lace Narratives exploring the work of textile designer Cecilia Heffer, edited and designed by Dr Zoë Sadokierski. The work encompasses a process video, a limited edition publication with lace samples and an Open Access version available to all for free. Join us for drinks and canapés to celebrate the launch and hear about the process. 

If you missed this event or want a replay, the video is below.

Short Film Screenings
19 – 25 October
Events Space, Level 2
A number of short videos will be running to highlight OA success stories. In addition, the READ Display in the Library Foyer holds a number of useful resources about the Open movement.

What does the Library do to support Open Access?

UTS Library manages UTS ePRESS, Australasia’s leading publisher of scholarly, open access journals. Currently publishing open access journals, student journals and a growing range of eBooks and conference proceedings – all for free. 

UTS Library manages OPUS (Open Publications of UTS Scholars), the University’s repository of UTS-authored research. UTS Library works with authors to provide free online access to as many of the works as possible, through search engines such as Google Scholar. 

The UTS Open Access Policy
Implemented by UTS Library in 2013, the UTS Open Access Policy provides guidance on the requirements and practices of the University to help provide worldwide access to the research and output of staff and students.

What can I do as a student?

Download the Open Access Button – next time you’re asked to pay for access to academic research, hit the button! The OA Button will search the web for a free version of the article. If it can’t find one, it contacts the author to let them know that they should consider making their work available for free.

You can also take action by joining the Right to Research Coalition as an individual, endorsing Open Access as the preferred method for scholarly communication.

Find out more about Open Access and the benefits of publishing open through our Open Access pages.