It’s that time of the year when everything seems to be happening at an increasingly turbo-charged pace as we head towards the end of the year. Reaction continues to the August news from the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy guidelines on making the results of taxpayer-supported research immediately available open access. In September, the NHMRC released its own updated Open Access policy requiring the research it funds to be made immediately open access with a CC-BY licence. And now, International Open Access Week is almost upon us! Please use the links below to join us for some truly engaging panels and events on this year’s theme of ‘Open For Climate Justice.’ The full program is here. And we are thrilled to announce our two newest member institutions, the University of Technology Sydney and Deakin University.
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What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand
Welcome to UTS & Deakin from our Executive Committee Chair, Kim Tairi Nau mai, haere mai (welcome) to UTS and Deakin, our newest members! We are thrilled to welcome UTS & Deakin to OAA. Regionally and globally so much is happening in the OA space. Advocacy, support and training is more important than ever for our member institutes and we are happy that UTS and Deakin have both recognised the value in joining. We are looking forward to working with you all. OAA is stronger and able to do more for our community with more members! Tell your friends and colleagues!
NHMRC updates OA policy to remove embargoes
Open Access Australasia has welcomed Australia’s national medical health research funder’s updated open access policy. The policy now requires that all NHMRC funded research needs to be made immediately open access at the time of first online publication with a CC-BY licence. It brings the NHMRC into line with cOAlition S which NHMRC has joined. We think it’s particularly important that the revised policy states that “NHMRC recognises the valuable contribution provided by all routes to achieving open access to publications. NHMRC has no preferred route for open access and respects a diversity of approaches.” ie. that researchers can comply with the policy either through journal-based or repository-based open access. The policy specifically supports authors retaining their rights. Chair of the Open Access Australasia Executive Committee, Kim Tairi, said: “I applaud the NHMRC for their leadership. The policy which embraces diversity, rights retention and creative commons licensing is a benchmark in the region. We are hopeful that other research funders and government in Australasia follow their lead soon.”
The State of Open Access in Aotearoa New Zealand, 5 years on 2022 marks the fourth year that a CONZUL project team has gathered data on the state of Open Access in Aotearoa New Zealand. Read the full briefing paper here.
Another successful OA101 course We have just completed the second iteration of our OA101 course with 130 students who will hopefully now be confident in advocating for Open Access. We are considering running the four-week program again either late this year or early next year, so please let us know if you are interested in having members of your team enrol. At this stage the course is only available to staff at Open Access Australasia member institutions.
Don’t be afraid of CC-BY If you haven’t already done so, take the time to read Richard White’s (Manager, Copyright & Open Access, University of Otago) excellent explainer on Creative Commons licences and what researchers & practitioners need to consider when choosing a licence.
Open Access Week 2022
Registrations are open for our expert panels and guest speaker events for Open Access Week 2022. The full program of events are up on our Open Access Week 2022 webpage.We also have a place on our site to list external events from around the region, so if you are planning something, please send the details of your event to email@example.com. We also have zoom backgrounds available for downloading. Click the links below to go to the registration page for each event.
Response to the OSTP announcement on public access As mentioned above, there has been much positive reaction to the OSTP’s announcement on immediate access to publicly funded research. The Society for Scholarly Publishing’s blog The Scholarly Kitchen interviewed Dr Alondra Nelson from the Office of Science & Technology Policy and here’s a link to her responses. SPARC is collecting information on responses.
Big picture environment & open science campaign gets US$4m Creative Commons, SPARC and EIFL have announced a new 4-year, US$4-million grant from Arcadia Fund, to fund the Open Climate Campaign. The grant will fund a four-year campaign in a bid to solve the climate crisis and preserve global biodiversity by promoting open access to research. “While the reality of climate change and the resulting loss of biodiversity is certain, the research about these global challenges and the possible actions to tackle them are too often not publicly accessible. In order to solve these pressing problems, the knowledge about them must be made immediately and freely open to all,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director at SPARC.
State of Open Data 2022
This is the 7th annual global survey into researchers’ attitudes towards and experiences of open data. More than 5,400 respondents answered the survey which provides an interesting insight into the motivations for and concerns of researchers in sharing data. This year’s report includes guest articles from open data experts at the US National Institutes of Health, Health Data Research UK, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Stellenbosch University, National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Download & read report here.
Recent writing & resources on OA What we’re reading
Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing1-3 November Brisbane
28-30 November Melbourne
12-15 June 2023 South Africa
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