Open Access Week

October 19 - 25, 2020 | Everywhere

University of Cape Town - Open Access Week


The University of Cape Town (UCT) will be joining the celebration for Open Access Week and are hosting a range of events involving academics and students. This year sees collaborations, joint support and partnerships across departments such as UCT libraries, OpenUCT, OpenContent, Scholarly Communications in Africa Programme and our Research Contract and IP office.



If you in beautiful Cape Town next week, come and check out the following events:


Creative Commons
Presented by Dr Tobias Schonwetter
Brought to you by UCT Research Contracts and IP Services.

When: 26th October, 1-2pm , Research and Innovation Seminar Room, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray
Limited spaces available
Email: by 25 October.

This Creative Commons Seminar provides you with an opportunity to gain a greater understanding
of the Creative Commons approach to copyright licensing.

1. What is Creative Commons;
2. Why is there a need for Open Licensing;
3. How do I license my work under Creative Commons; and
4. Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Demystifying Open Access
Presented by Laura Czerniewicz and Eve Gray
Brought to you by the UCT Libraries in partnership with OpenUCT and Scholarly Communications
in Africa Programme .

When: 27 October 2011 at 2-3pm
Place: Ulwazi, Knowledge Commons, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library, UCT Libraries.
Email: by 26 October.

This is an opportunity to hear everything you always wanted to know about Open Access -
what it is, why we should care, and its implications for libraries and researchers.

UCT’s New IP Policy
Presented by Dr Andrew Bailey
Brought to you by UCT Research Contracts and IP Services.

When: 28th October, 1-2pm , Research and Innovation Seminar Room, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray
Limited spaces available
Email: by 27 October.

Council approved the new UCT IP Policy in July 2011. This seminar will highlight the important changes that were made to the 2004 version, which brought it in line with the IP Rights from Publicly Financed R&D Act as well as current IP trends such as OpenSource and Creative Commons.


Finding Open Stuff Workshop
Facilitated by Shihaam Donnelly

Session 1: 25 October, 10 - 10:30am, Upper Campus Student Learning Centre
Session 2: 25 October, 2 - 2:30pm, Upper Campus Student Learning Centre

These workshops will be a showcase of different sites where you can find open images, audio, video, courseware and open source software.


Our students will also be out on Jammie Steps at the beginning of this week to hand out some goodies and chat about what openness means to them and why others should join the movement, so go over to their table and show your support by signing our open access canvas. 



During this week we will also be putting up posters in our libraries and student computer labs as well as handing out information pamphlets at the workshop. We have a blog that will be made live by the end of the week and you will be able to visit the site to read up on the events as it happens, get access to the OpenContent and OpenUCT teams presentations, get tips on finding open materials and explore open content from UCT.


The events are meant to raise awareness about various changes happening at UCT - recently, the Research Contracts office revised the UCT Intellectual Property Policy which was approved by Council. The revised policy supports making resources available under creative commons licenses and has made provision for certain software to be made available by default in terms of open source licenses. In addition, a new project called OpenUCT has been launched - this project is currently in its inception phase and its purpose is to make available UCT produced shareable scholarly content. Lastly, the UCT OpenContent team has gone from strength to strength and the site now boasts 142 resources from 48 disciplines. 


Wherever you are, we hope you join us and thousands of others in support of open access.



UCT OpenContent


Copyright & Education

Scholarly Communications in Africa Programme

UCT Libraries

Research Contracts and IP Services


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