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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

Still Thinking About What to do for Open Access Week 2010?

Take a look at what International OA Week Members did last year!

For inspiration go to the PHOTOS section.

  • View the OA Week world map of activities
  • Look at all the 2009 OA Week Displays for inspiration
  • See what other institutions and organization did for OA Week last…

Added by Donna Okubo on July 9, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

ppt presentation

Can someone send me material/literature which can help me in preparing a ppt presentation to make other people aware about open access during open access week.

Added by Dr Sumant Vyas on July 8, 2010 at 4:28am — 1 Comment

Update and call for input -- July 9 deadline

Hi everyone,

We're looking at next steps for Open Access Week planning and I just took a look at the make up of our participants so far. WOW. If you haven't noticed the breadth and depth of the international group you're participating with here, do take a look. It's pretty amazing. (Do an advanced search at We have a tremendous show from India and the U.S., plus a lot of… Continue

Added by Jennifer McLennan on July 2, 2010 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Open Source Repository Software

As the manager of our research platform and repository I'm interested in new informations about open access.

You can find informations about our Alexandria Repository at the University of St.Gallen at Our University has an OA mandate since December 2008.

If you're interested in our software or have any questions, feel free to contact me! - Ruedi…


Added by Ruedi Lindegger on June 30, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Study of Open Access (SOAP): online surveys

LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) is conducting a Study of Open Access. They have recently sent us the following information:…


Added by Cristina Vaquer on June 9, 2010 at 3:31am — No Comments

Take-aways from today's event, Request for ideas

Hi everyone,

We had our first Open Access Week 2010 Web cast and planning event today -- June 2. We were so pleased to be joined by Andrew Waller from the University of Calgary and Jamaica Jones from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, who spoke about their hugely successful events -- and related Open Access progress -- in 2009 (thanks, guys!). The details about the event are here:… Continue

Added by Jennifer McLennan on June 2, 2010 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

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