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public health in Africa!

Hi all,

The state of public health in Africa is in dismay to the say the least. I have recently established the journal of public health in Africa: "" Like most great innovations, the idea behind JPHIA was spontaneously conceived upon observing the precarious state of public health care delivery in the African continent. The JPHIA is set up as non-profit making open source that will compete with other…


Added by Yusuf Misau on September 13, 2010 at 8:20am — 2 Comments

We challenge you!

A message to all members of Open Access Week

At this week's Webcast with SPARC director Heather Joseph, we talked about the important opportunity we have with this year's OA Week to surface evidence of how Open Access to research is transforming the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.

Heather pointed to a few examples, including how a recent and rare move to share research data on

Alzheimer's disease led to important advances (… Continue

Added by Jennifer McLennan on September 10, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Open Access Directory opens for Open Access Week event details

(Posting on behalf of Peter and Robin)

The Open Access Directory (OAD) is pleased to announce that it will once again serve as a comprehensive source of information about events celebrating Open Access Week (OAW). This year's OAW is coming fast -- October 18-24, 2010.

Because OAD is a wiki, event organizers can enter their details directly. If you're planning an OAW event, please describe it on the wiki and help us spread the word about your event. …


Added by Jennifer McLennan on September 10, 2010 at 10:19am — No Comments

Video contest calls on students to say why they support Open Access -- prizes!!

Of interest to the OAW network, SPARC has just announced the fourth installment of the Sparky Awards -- a successful contact that invites students to express their support for Open Access to research in a two-minute video. It's a great way to get students involved and increase their comfort with copyright and reuse in the digital space. Plus, it's a great tool for fall classes.

Campuses have promoted the Sparky Awards during Open Access Week, as an easy way to get involved. As… Continue

Added by Jennifer McLennan on September 9, 2010 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Dutch NWO Incentive Fund Open Access Publications

This afternoon we did an interview with Siewert-Jan Marrink. He used the Dutch Incentive Fund for Open Access Publications for an article in PLOS Computational Biology. He assured us that in his field all researchers are aware of the advantage of Open Access publishing. Great to hear such good news. We use…


Added by Esther Hoorn on September 7, 2010 at 10:13am — No Comments

Open Access Week at Duke - getting started already

In the weeks leading up to OA Week in October, librarians and staff from Duke University will be writing a series of blog posts about different aspects of Open Access. Our News & Communications Office will also be posting some interviews with Duke researchers who have benefited from open access.

The first blog post is up now at the… Continue

Added by Paolo Mangiafico on September 3, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

OA Week fonts

In case you'd like to use the Open Access Week site fonts in your artwork, here they are! (With big thanks to Pat at PLoS). header_fonts.pdf

Added by Jennifer McLennan on September 3, 2010 at 10:15am — 1 Comment


Just in time for Open Access Week 2011, SPARC has again produced t-shirts for Open Access, Author Rights, and SPARC and are making them available at cost. U.S. orders should be placed by October 8 to ensure delivery by October 15. International orders should be placed by October 1.

ORDER NOW on the SPARC Web site.

Are you making shirts, too? SEND A SAMPLE. We'll collect all the…


Added by Jennifer McLennan on September 2, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

What should we do during the Ethiopian Open Access Week?

The maxim that “knowledge wants to be free” is attributed to an Indian open access proponent, Subbiah Arunachalam. It is not surprising that India now stands as one of the most open access friendly countries in the world. Such change, however, has not come over night as the likes of Arunachalam had to work hard to do their part instead of sitting down and wait for others to do the work.…


Added by Getaneh Agegn Alemu on August 31, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

The need to change the status quo: towards an open access scholarly communication model for Ethiopia

In the 21st century, where…


Added by Getaneh Agegn Alemu on August 31, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

OA, a gift of developing countries.

The idea developed by Mr. McLuhan, in the late sixties, that the world would become a sort of "global village" is a myth. Even if the

idea may seem attractive, it is clear that the globalization of communication

remains the prerogative of the North and part of the world, in this case the…


Added by Lassina DIALLO on August 26, 2010 at 7:54am — 3 Comments

Webcast invitation: The 2010 Open Access Week Challenge

A SPARC online event

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

12:00 – 1:00PM EST

Registration is free, but required. RSVP by September 6 at

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access (OA), to share ideas with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in… Continue

Added by Jennifer McLennan on August 25, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Google Doodle and Other Activities

Here at the Centre for Research Communications we've been thinking of ways that we can help to promote Open Access Week. One idea we had to raise awareness of the week for a wider audience was to propose to Google that they use OA week as a subject for a Google Doodle for their main home page or the home page of Google Scholar. Since Google will receive large numbers of suggestions for Doodles it would help if the OA community could join us in lobbying… Continue

Added by Rob Ingram on August 23, 2010 at 11:04am — No Comments

OA, Free Culture and (hopefully) a campus-wide conversation

I've been having conversations with various people about Open Access. As an academic librarian, OA is an issue that resonates strongly with me. As an academic librarian at a liberal arts university with the traditional-aged undergraduate population as the majority user community, I've also been spending quite a bit of time thinking about how the values stressed within the OA movement can be best communicated and made… Continue

Added by Melissa Cardenas-Dow on August 12, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

OA Week contests

Here at SUNY Buffalo we're thinking of having two OA Week contests. An OA Haiku contest for students, and a contest to name our institutional repository for faculty/staff and grad students. Anyone have experience running similar contests and have insight to share?

Added by Lori Widzinski on August 3, 2010 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

Japanese Site and logos

Japanese Site for OAW is now available.

This is for Japanese people who is interested in Open Access Week. Domestic information will be gathered into this site.

Please tell me your plan in OAW. And of course, please write here in English, too !!

Logos in Japanese are also available:…


Added by Ikuko TSUCHIDE on July 27, 2010 at 4:23am — 3 Comments

Open Access Week: Library Strategies for Advancing Change

by Jamaica Jones, Special Projects Librarian, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Andrew Waller, Licensing and Negotiations Librarian and Open Access Librarian, University of Calgary
with Jennifer McLennan, Director of Programs and Operations, SPARC
In the new issue of Research Library Issues. Check it out!

Added by Jennifer McLennan on July 23, 2010 at 10:23am — No Comments

Downloadable OA Promotional and Educational Materials

Don't Recreate the Wheel. Take a Look at the "Download" Tab.

There are plenty of posters, OA images, Avery label OA sticker templates, flyer templates, web banners,

sample brochures, bookmarks, all in editable formats for you to customize

We are still uploading these images on this tab but if you go to "News and Tools" you'll see a blog post with all the images.

If you…


Added by Donna Okubo on July 15, 2010 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Author Rights, Copyright Issues, Oh My!

Do You Want to Focus on These Issues During OA Week But You Feel Don’t Have Enough Information?

Here are some wonderful resources to help you build your author rights educational program. The links include handouts, brochures, and videos for OA Week 2010!

Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook…


Added by Donna Okubo on July 15, 2010 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

ppt presentation

Dear Donna,

My colleagues do not know about open access publishing or policy.

I want to emphasis on the author's right,

Yes in future we may frame a open access policy, OA repository and try to raise OA publishing fund.

Sumant Vyas

Added by Dr Sumant Vyas on July 10, 2010 at 9:44am — No Comments

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