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Open Access Week 2021

  • Monday 25th - Friday 29th October 2021
  • Online
  • Join the conversation: #OAWeek2021 @openaccess_anz
It Matters How We Open Knowledge:
Building Structural Equity

This year Open Access Australasia, through its OA Week practitioners’ group and in consultation with the wider open access community, has planned a festival of thoughtful panels and topical presentations for OA week 2021.

In keeping with the theme of Building Structural Equity we will be looking at, using open science to combat global challenges, openness through a First Nations lens, the benefits and barriers to OERs, what open means for different disciplines, accessibility, and non-technical communication, as well as hacking OA, shaking up research assessment and how different parts of the open knowledge ecosystem interacts.

Events will be held via Zoom each day to suit time zones from Australia’s west to New Zealand’s east.

Register for the events below and make sure to save the Open Access Australasia’s official Zoom backgrounds to use for the events.

Our program

Monday 25 October

12-1pm AEDT

Growing the Value of Research by Nurturing the Open Knowledge Ecosystem

Who gets access to humanity’s research knowledge? Is it just a case of bringing down barriers or do we need to build bridges? What does the future of knowledge exchange look like and what power do we have to shape it? This panel will discuss the complex ways that different parts of the knowledge ecosystem interact, drawing on their expertise ranging from advising Australia’s Prime Minister, to founding open access news services, to keeping Wikipedia’s medical information accurate, to guiding nationwide research funding.

Chair: Dr Thomas Shafee

Panel: Dr Cathy Foley, Andrew Jaspan, Prue Torrance

Tuesday 26 October

12-1pm AEDT

Shaking up the Culture of Research Assessment

The outputs from academic research are many and varied. Funding agencies, institutions that employ researchers, and researchers themselves all have a desire and need to assess the quality and impact of academic outputs, to ensure they are assessed accurately and evaluated fairly. In order to support a change to more open research practices, and to support early career researchers, a change in thinking is needed in how research is valued and assessed. Join us for a panel discussion on ways in which research assessment can be improved.

Chair: Dr Emma Burrows, Dion Detterer

Panel: Prof. Kimberlee Weatherall, Prof. Robert Mailhammer, Tara McLaren

Tuesday 26 October

2-3pm AEDT

Hack OA Everyday: Virtual Escape Room

Not sure you’re keeping up to date enough with all things open access? Do you panic when it’s suddenly October and OA Week is nearly here? Join Open Access Australasia for an interactive Virtual Escape Room and learn how to Hack OA everyday! 


This session has been created for an OA practitioner audience and will be capped at 20 participants. Due to this cap, please discuss with and nominate one OA practitioner to represent your institution or organisation. Once you have decided on a nominee please fill out the nomination form and OAA will contact the nominee with the details.

Moderators: Dr Ginny Barbour, Sandra Fry, Katya Henry, Sally Murray-Walsh

Wednesday 27 October

12-1pm AEDT

Open Across the Research Spectrum: what different disciplines can learn from each other

Join us for a session looking at the range of possible aims and approaches for getting knowledge to the people who need it. For some it’s making alternatives to otherwise unavoidable paywalls, for others it’s making the most of data resources. Some are working to help people connect with written and oral history, others are looking to ensure evidence-based policy making in government. Join us as we share ideas that we can adapt to our own research.

Chair: Dr Thomas Shafee
Panel: Dr Jason Chin, Dr Mian-Li Ong, Dr Ann Hardy, Gionni Di Gravio OAM

Wednesday 27 October

2-3pm AEDT

How to Address Global Challenges with Open Science

The last couple of years have taught us a lot about the importance of open and diverse approaches to science in accelerating research and supporting collaboration in order to address the challenges facing us globally. As the COVID pandemic recedes, we are now facing an even larger challenge in the form of climate change. This session will discuss diverse approaches to science. Can we adapt what we’ve learnt from research during COVID to the climate emergency?

Chair: Dr Ginny Barbour

Panel: Dr Nicole Kearney, Dr Blair Trewin, Bill Flynn

Thursday 28 October

12-1pm AEDT

Indigenous Voices: research principles and practice through a First Nations lens

Research involving Indigenous People and Knowledge can require deeper consideration than simply ‘open’ or ‘closed’. This session will focus on the experiences of First Nations researchers and those conducting research with Indigenous Peoples. We will discuss the guiding concepts and how these can be put into practice, illustrated with case studies.

[The scope of these sessions are being developed with participants and may evolve before the session]

Chair: Kim Tairi

Panel: Maui Hudson, Dr Levon Ellen Blue, Spencer Lilley, Robin Wright

Friday 29 October

12-1pm AEDT

Another Kind of Open: exploring the benefits and barriers to the creation and use of open educational resources

You’ve heard of open access for research publications, but have you considered the role of openness in teaching and learning? In this interactive session, we’ll explore open educational resources (OERs) and their benefits, through a series of case studies and unpack some of the barriers to using, adapting and creating OERs. Whether you are new to OERs or an experienced OER specialist, join us for this interactive event and be part of the conversation on moving the OER agenda forward at a national level.

Panel: Dr Steven Chang, Dr Kate Davis, Tahnee Pearse, Fiona Salisbury, Marion Slawson, Adrian Stagg

Friday 29 October

2-3pm AEDT

Making Research Truly Accessible: insight unshared is thwarted potential

Academic communication can be highly exclusionary. How can we make research findings more accessible whilst retaining accuracy? Our panel of experts in social media outreach, communicating across the sciences, arts and humanities, and visualising research will discuss how to work genuinely accessible for greater equity and impact.

Chair: Sally Murray-Walsh

Panel: Dr Emma Beckett, Dr Drew Berry, Elliott Bledsoe, Dr Tseen Khoo

Other Events

25-27 October 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm SGT

COAR AsiaOA Meeting 2021

The virtual 6th meeting of COAR Asia OA will be held 25-27 October 2021. The meeting will discuss the latest trends in open access and open scholarship, with community updates from Asia. Topics include open access infrastructure, open educational resources, open peer review, research data repositories, and tools built on open data. The meeting will be a venue for information exchange between Asian communities.

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Monday 25 October - Thursday 28 October 2021, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm AEDT

RMIT University Library OA week webinars - RMIT

Open Access Publishing: Researcher Insights: Introduction to Open Pedagogy: Make your research visible through Open Access (for HDR candidates)

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm AEST

USQ Open Texts launch - USQ

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Wednesday 27 October 2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm AEST

ADM+S Editathon October 2021 - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society is running an edit-a-thon on Wednesday 27 October 2021 to bring together ADMS members and other interested people to work on Wikipedia (and Wikidata) content related to automated decision-making systems and their social, legal and ethical implications. This may sound daunting as a topic but if you've ever used Spotify or Netflix, or even done a Google search, you've already experienced automated algorithms at work. We are interested in making sure information about the social, legal and ethical impacts of ADM systems is included in Wikipedia - both positive and negative - as they play an increasingly important role in all our lives.

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Wednesday 27th October, 1:00pm-1:45pm AEDT

Archives and Artworks Open Ceremony: a special (collections) event - La Trobe University

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Wednesday 27 October 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm AEDT

OA and Funding Body Requirements - Swinburne

Researchers face a range of different ways to share access to their work online, and funding bodies have OA policies in place. But what is real OA, where do pre-prints fit in, how do CC licences work and what is the best way to provide access to your work? This session will discuss different ways to share and promote your research over the internet and how to meet your funders’ OA obligations. Presenters · Simon Huggard, Deputy Director, Library Services, Swinburne · Dr Mary Kelly, Executive Director for Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Australian Research Council · Justin Withers, Director, Research Policy and Integrity, Australian Research Council · Prof Alan Duffy, Director, Space Technology and Industry Institute, Swinburne · Robin Wright, Manager Licensing, Acquisitions & Copyright, Swinburne Library

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Thursday 28th October, 1:00 pm-1:45 pm AEDT

La Trobe eBureau presents: it's publishing, but not as we know it - creating equitable and engaging resources for online learning - La Trobe University

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Thursday, 28 October 2021, 10:30am - 11:30am AEST

USQ Open Education Practice Learning & Teaching Grants panel discussion: Open book publishing – motivations & balanced outcomes

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Send us your OA Week program to be featured here!

Send in your events to - info@oaaustralasia.org

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Thank you to the OA Week Planning Committee

Thomas Shafee (La Trobe), Sam Elkington-Dent (USC), Sandra Fry (Open Access Australasia), Kate Knox (Otago), Kate Davis (CAUL), Alicia Starr (Avondale), Lucy Walton (WSU), Nicole Faull-Brown (UON), Ginny Barbour (Open Access Australasia), Angela Booth (UON) and Sally Murray-Walsh (Open Access Australasia).

Past Events