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.