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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

Growing the Value of Research by Nurturing the Open Knowledge Ecosystem

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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 information accurate, to guiding nationwide research funding.

  Chair: Dr Thomas Shafee

  Panel: Dr Cathy Foley, Andrew Jaspan, Prue Torrance, Dr Toby Hudson

Shaking up the Culture of Research Assessment

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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

Hack OA Everyday: Virtual Escape Room

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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! 

NOTE: This session is planned to run again, announcements will be made about the session via Twitter @openaccess_anz

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

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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

How to Address Global Challenges with Open Science

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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

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

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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.

Chair: Kim Tairi

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

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

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

Making Research Truly Accessible: insight unshared is thwarted potential

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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


Take a moment to read about our fantastic panellists

Dr Thomas Shafee

Dr Thomas Shafee is an evolutionary biochemist with an interest in science communication, illustration and data visualisation. He also works to bridge the academia-Wikipedia divide in his roles as editor at PLOS Genetics and Editor in Chief of WikiJournal of Science.

Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM

Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM commenced as Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021 after an extensive career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO. Dr Foley is an internationally recognised physicist with major research achievements in superconductors and sensors which lead to the development of the LANDTEM™ sensor system to locate valuable deposits of minerals deep underground, resulting in discoveries and delineation of minerals worth more than $6 billion. Dr Cathy Foley is the Editor in Chief of Superconductor Science and Technology. 

Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including election to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, along with an Order of Australia for service to research science and to the advancement of women in physics. She is also a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (2008) and an honorary Fellow of Australian Institute of Physics (2019). Dr Foley is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and is committed to tackling gender equality and diversity in the science sector to embrace the full human potential of all.

Dr Toby Hudson

Associate Professor Toby Hudson is a theoretical materials chemist at the University of Sydney. He is Associate Head of School (Education) in the School of Chemistry, and the Faculty of Science Academic Leader of the Dalyell Stream. He has edited Wikimedia Foundation projects since 2004, focusing on scientific and Australian content.

Prue Torrance

Prue Torrance is the Executive Director of Research Quality and Priorities at the NHMRC, with a portfolio encompassing ensuring research rigour and efficiency to transparency and innovation.

Andrew Jaspan

Andrew Jaspan is the founder of The Conversation, a unique international news site co-written by academics with journalists, and director of The Global Academy hosted at Monash University. These build on his experience as Editor and Editor in Chief across multiple newspapers in the UK and Australia.

Dr Emma Burrows

Dr Burrows leads a team at The Florey Institute in understanding the links between genetics and behaviour with the aim to improve diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. She has led efforts to promote equity in STEMM, including Reboot STEMM, a national think tank bringing together 300 EMCRs to codesign a sector that rewards professionals based on inclusive and productive outcomes.

Dion Detterer

Dion Detterer is a doctoral candidate in the field of computation biology at the University of New England, Armidale, with an interest in open access, open science and open source. His research interests include complex systems modelling and machine learning, and in his spare time he likes to speculate about positive possible futures.

Robert Mailhammer

Rob is Professor of Linguistics at Western Sydney University. He is the Chair of the Professoriate Leadership Group has held a number of governance roles, including Associate Dean, Research in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Director of Academic Program. Rob’s research focuses on Australian Aboriginal languages.

Professor Kimberlee Weatherall

Kimberlee is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, and part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. Her recent chapter tackles research assessment, impact and mentoring, and is part of a publicly funded project on the ownership and dissemination of university research.

Tara McLaren

Tara is the Senior Manager of Research Development at the Telethon Kids Institute.  Tara has 10+ years’ experience in supporting researchers to submit high quality grant applications with a focus on building capacity in planning for, capturing and assessing research impact.

Gionni Di Gravio OAM

Gionni Di Gravio is Archivist at the UON and Chair of the Hunter Living Histories. His passion is to use evolving technologies to help connect people and communities, with archives, to inspire meaning, purpose and action across time and space.

Dr Jason Chin

Dr Jason Chin studies the role of transparent and open research in improving evidence-based law and policy ranging from psychology, forensic science, criminology, and empirical legal research.

Dr Ginny Barbour

Ginny Barbour is Director of Open Access Australasia and Co-Lead, Office for Scholarly Communication, QUT. She was one of three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. Initiatives she is involved with include Chair of DORA Advisory Group, a Plan S Ambassador and a member of NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee.

Dr Nicole Kearney

Nicole Kearney manages the Australian branch of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the world’s largest online repository of open access biodiversity literature. She also chairs the BHL’s global Persistent Identifier Working Group, which is bringing historic literature into the modern linked network of scholarly research using retrospectively assigned DOIs (#RetroPIDs).  

Dr Blair Trewin

Blair Trewin is a senior Australian climate scientist. He was a lead author of the recent IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. He is a member of the World Meteorological Organisation’s Expert Team on Climate Monitoring and Assessment, which relies heavily on international data access and exchange

Bill Flynn

Bill is a skilled educator and passionate sustainability advocate developing and managing CSIRO’s Sustainable Futures program. As Country Coordinator for the GLOBE Program a NASA sponsored environmental citizen science program his role includes advising and supporting teachers, and the wider community in implementing the program and other GLOBE offerings.

Kim Tairi

Ko Maungatautari te maunga; Ko Waikato te awa; Ko Waikato te iwi; Ko Kim Tairi tōku ingoa. He Kaitoha Puku ahau ki Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau e mahi ana. Kim Tairi is an indigenous, intersectional feminist and librarian. Her career spans more than 25 years in both Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The Kaitoha Puka (University Librarian) at Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau (AUT) she is Aotearoa’s first Māori University Librarian and a proud Nuku Woman.

Dr Mian-Li Ong

Dr Mian-Li Ong is a Medical Child Psychologist who has worked to get students and early career psychologists engaged in bringing the best information to the public. This has included helping to build an online ecology to raise the accuracy and visibility of psychological knowledge across Wikipedia and Wikiversity by blending research, teaching, and service.

Maui Hudson

Associate Professor Maui Hudson is the Director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato. He is a member of Te Mana Raraunga Maori Data Sovereignty Network and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. He is a co-author of the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance.

Associate Professor Spencer Lilley

Spencer Lilley is an Associate-Professor in Information Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. His iwi affiliations are to Te Atiawa, Muaūpoko and Ngāpuhi, and he has ancestral links to Samoa and Britain. His research interests are in Māori/indigenous information behaviour, focusing specifically on the indigenisation of GLAM institutions and professions.

Dr Levon Ellen Blue

Dr Levon Blue is an Anishinaabe woman from Beausoleil First Nations (Canada. She is a senior lecturer and National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) coordinator in the Carumba Institute at the Queensland University of Technology.

Tahnee Pearse

Tahnee Pearse is committed to the open access movement. She oversaw USQ joining the Open Education Network, the setup of the USQ Pressbooks and works with the OEP, Copyright and Education Support Teams in the uptake of open access content at USQ.

Steven Chang

Steven leads open educational resources (OER) projects at La Trobe University Library. He is passionate about equity in higher education, and coordinates a Library as Open Publisher model that empowers communities to create OERs through the La Trobe eBureau. Steven has previously worked in medical libraries, research data management, and open repository advocacy.

Dr Kate Davis

Kate is Director, Strategy & Analytics at the Council of Australian University Librarians. She works across CAUL’s strategic programs, including those that focus on open research, access & educational resources. @katiedavis | katedavis.info

Sally Murray-Walsh

Sally is currently developing educational resources for Open Access Australasia. These materials will play a large role in solidifying Open Access Australasia as the official source on all things open access for the region. Previously, Sally worked for the University of Newcastle Library as a Research Liaison Librarian advising researchers and academics on a range of library matters including the benefits of open access.

Dr Tseen Khoo

Dr Tseen Khoo is a Senior Lecturer in Research Education and Development at La Trobe University, and one half of the Research Whisperer team. You can find her @tseenster.

Dr Drew Berry

Drew is a biomedical animator who creates beautiful, accurate visualisations of the dramatic cellular and molecular action that is going on inside our bodies. Combining expertise as a cell biologist and artist, he translates abstract and complicated scientific concepts into vivid and meaningful visual journeys which have been exhibited from the Guggenheim to the Royal Institution.

Dr Emma Beckett

The Ms Frizzle of food & nutrition science.

Elliott Bledsoe

Elliott Bledsoe runs Agentry, an arts marketing micro-consultancy that helps artists and arts organisations tell their stories. He also has an extensive background in copyright, with a focus on the interplay between rights and creative practice

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