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October / November 2021 Newsletter

October / November 2021: What’s in this issue

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ 
What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally
Recent writing & resources on OA
Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing


We are hugely grateful to everyone who took part in the extraordinary line up of events in our 2021 Open Access week programme. Our planning committee was led valiantly by La Trobe’s Dr Thomas Shafee, and we had record numbers of attendees, wonderful, insightful panel discussions and huge engagement on Twitter. See below for a full wrap up of OA Week events.  Next month we will return to focus more on general OA news.

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What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ

NHMRC OA policy shift
Planned changes to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Open Access policy due to be implemented next year have been put on hold.  NHMRC has noted that ” NHMRC is considering the feedback from the consultation as the policy is further refined and will continue communicating with key stakeholders in the sector as this process continues.” The news comes as the Office of Australia’s Chief Scientist continues its consultation across the research sector. 

Challenges & opportunities of data-intensive research in new report
New report from the Australian Academy of Science, Advancing data-intensive research in Australia, was launched at the plenary session of the eResearch Australasia conference, held in October 2021.

Open Publishing Fest – still time to get involved
Beginning this week, and until the 19 Nov, this festival brings together communities supporting open source software, open content and open publishing models. You can still propose events – the calendar is updating constantly – and events a limited only by your imagination – they range from curation in preprints to building open sources, to using a myriad of software platforms. Open Access Australasia has two events – a rerun of our OA week Escape Room and a facilitated discussion on Fighting for OA in the waning days of COVID

Research Support Community Day launched
Next February the University of Melbourne will host a free online event for Research Support Community Day. Organisers are calling for expressions of interest for lightening talks, presentations, panels & social sessions – EOIs due 25 November. Read more.

Tohatoha responds to UK copyright deal 
“In principle” trade deal between NZ & UK includes a provision extending NZ’s copyright term by 20 years. Read more

New Open Toolkit
The Council of Australian University Librarians has release its new Open Research toolkit in association with ARMS which will help universities to develop open research policy, strategy & practice. The toolkit is licensed under CC BY.

Open Access Week 2021 

Another hugely successful International Open Access Week has flown by, and across Australia and New Zealand its success, as always, came down to those who made substantial contributions. 

Our sessions were led brilliantly by our wonderful chairs & facilitators:  Dr Thomas Shafee, Dr Emma Burrows, Dion Detterer, Dr Ginny Barbour,  Kim Tairi, Dr Kate Davis, Sally Murray-Walsh, Katya Henry & Sandra Fry. Thanks to all for your generosity and enthusiasm.

To our amazing panelists and presenters;  Dr Cathy Foley, Andrew Jaspan, Prue Torrance, Dr Toby Hudson, Prof. Kimberlee Weatherall, Prof. Robert Mailhammer, Tara McLaren, Dr Jason Chin, Dr Mian-Li Ong, Dr Ann Hardy, Gionni Di Gravio OAM, Dr Nicole Kearney, Dr Blair Trewin, Bill Flynn, Maui Hudson, Dr Levon Ellen Blue, Spencer Lilley, Steven Chang, Tahnee Pearse, Fiona Salisbury, Marion Slawson, Adrian Stagg, Dr Emma Beckett, Dr Drew Berry, Elliott Bledsoe, Dr Tseen Khoo, thank you for your time and expertise.

Massive thanks to our wonderful Open Access Australasia OA Week organising committee: Dr Thomas Shafee (La Trobe), Sam Elkington-Dent (USC), Kate Knox (Otago), Dr Kate Davis (CAUL), Alicia Starr (Avondale), Lucy Walton (WSU), Nicole Faull-Brown (UON), Angela Booth (UON) and, from Open Access Australasia, Sandra Fry, Sally Murray-Walsh and Ginny Barbour.

Overall, more than 1700 people registered for the sessions and there were more than 1000 attendees across the sessions. Engagement on our new website was excellent across the week with 3800 visits from more than 1800 people (1500 who visited us for the first time).  

The #OAWeek2021 Twitter hashtag was well used and our own Twitter handle had 13.7k profile visits and a whopping 79.5k impressions. Our dedicated OA Week webpage also hosted the details of other OA Week activities being held at universities around Australia & New Zealand and we got to share the message online with downloadable OA week zoom backgrounds. The recordings of each the panel and discussion sessions are now available to watch and share here.

Our OA week committee chair, Thomas Shafee, also attended the international organising committee meetings organised by SPARC. These brought together representatives from around the world from every continent. This group met monthly to decide the year’s theme, develop materials like these handouts aimed at specific stakeholders, and put together short videos from diverse positions in the free knowledge ecosystem. You can take a look at the full calendar of events to see how ours tie into the hundreds of workshops, presentations, seminars, and discussions around the world. Similarly, we were thrilled to see the dozens of extra events run by individual universities and other institutions highlighting the work done locally at organisations around Aotearoa and Australia.

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally

General News

DORA:  New Grants Program 
The engagement grants are for scholars interested in investigating how the work of researchers is valued in their communities. In particular, DORA is keen for applications from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The application deadline is 10 Dec, 2021.  Read more. 

SPARC guide on alternative access
SPARC has created some Recommendations for providing alternative access after a big deal cancellations which explore some of the major parts of alternative access as part of SPARC’s efforts to help its member libraries save money and secure better deals in negotiations with publishers. Read more. 

Canadians want closer collaboration open access
One of Canada’s federal scientific research funders, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and its largest STEM publisher, Canadian Science Publishing, are proposing greater collaboration among all stakeholders in the scholarly publishing system, to make sustainable changes for greater equity and openness. Read more.


Recent writing & resources on OA 

Podcasts we’re listening to

Creative Common’s Open Minds Podcast: with Heather Joseph from SPARC

Blogs we’re reading

Five Things You Need to Know about UKRI’s New Open Access Policy by By Victoria Ficarra & Rob Johnson on the Scholarly Kitchen blog

A step-by-step guide for using Wikipedia for research communication – LSE Blog

Open science needs no martyrs, but we must recognize the need for reform –  ERC Magazine

Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing

November 30 – December 3 2021

December 7-9 2021 Online

May 16-19 2022 Canberra


Want more OA news?
We can’t cover everything here!  This is a curated list of items that caught our eye and/or which seem especially relevant to OA in this region. For daily updates the best source is the Open Access Tracking Project or if you prefer to be more selective, our Twitter account, which has posts throughout each day.

The newsletter archive provides snapshots of key issues throughout the year. Other ways to keep in touch with discussions at Open Access Australasia include joining our community of practice calls.
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Newsletter compiled by Sandra Fry and Virginia Barbour, Open Access Australasia.

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