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Open Access Week 2023

Open Access Week 2023 (October 23-29) is an opportunity to join together, take action, and raise awareness around the importance of community control of knowledge sharing systems. This year’s theme is  Community over Commercialization.

This theme encourages a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community—and which do not.

Chair of our OA Week planning committee, Richard White, has written a guest blog about the 2023 theme: What does the word “community” mean to you in the context of teaching and research?

Graphics for this year’s OA Week  can be downloaded from the International Open Access Week website here.

If you are planning events at your institution, please contact us and we will add them to this website.

The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science highlights the need to prioritize community over commercialization in its calls for the prevention of “inequitable extraction of profit from publicly funded scientific activities” and support for “non-commercial publishing models and collaborative publishing models with no article processing charges.” By focusing on these areas, we can achieve the original vision outlined when open access was first defined: “an old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good.”

When commercial interests are prioritized over those of the communities that research seeks to serve, many concerning issues arise. Open Access Week provides an opportunity for individuals to discuss questions that are most relevant in their local context. These might include:

What is lost when a shrinking number of corporations control knowledge production rather than researchers themselves?

What is the cost of business models that entrench extreme levels of profit?

When does the collection and use of personal data begin to undermine academic freedom?

Can commercialization ever work in support of the public interest?

What options for using community-controlled infrastructure already exist that might better serve the interests of the research community and the public (such as preprint servers, repositories, and open publishing platforms)?

How can we shift the default toward using these community-minded options?

Open Access Australasia OA Week 2023 Committee:  Chair, Richard White – Otago University, Ginny Barbour – Open Access Australasia, Lyndall Holstein – Massey University, Garth Smith – Waikato University, Marissa Cassin, Waikato University, Donna Coventry – Auckland University of Technology, Zachary Kendal – University of Melbourne, Janet Catterall – James Cook University,  Arthur Smith CAUL, Sandra Fry – Open Access Australasia

Open Access Australasia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Open Access Australasia recognises the Turrbal, Yugara, Bedegal, Yirrganydji, Djabugay and Gimuy-walubara yidinji peoples the First Nations owners of the lands where we work.

We also pay our respects to all indigenous peoples wherever they are in the world including ngā iwi Māori, the tangata whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our program

24 October

9-11am AWST, 11am-1pm AEST, 12- 2pm AEDT, 2-4pm NZDT

Community over commercialisation - What is community control and why does it matter?

Different communities have different needs, aims and priorities about the knowledge they hold and create. There can be a tension between open access and community control of that knowledge. How do communities keep control of their knowledge while opening it to the world? How can open access be used to help build and strengthen communities?

This session looks at the ways communities openly share their knowledge. It also explores how sometimes community and commercial interests can coexist.

25 October

9-11am AWST, 11am-1pm AEST, 12- 2pm AEDT, 2-4pm NZDT

Like an open book: can academic communities ensure our voices are heard by all?

Books are where we record our knowledge, for us and for others. However, books remain far less open than journal articles. Why is this? What opportunities are there for academic communities to improve access to our knowledge and culture? How can uniquely Australasian voices be heard?

In this session, we will hear from panellists working in different ways to improve access to books. In the second hour, participants will be given the chance to reflect on the discussion and share their thoughts.

26 October

9-11.30am AWST, 11am-1.30pm AEST, 12- 2.30pm AEDT, 2-4.30pm NZDT

Shine on Diamond journals: making sure they’re forever

Diamond open access journals are an important but undervalued part of the open access journal publishing system. They often lack infrastructure, funding and coordination.

This workshop, which is being run as a satellite meeting as part of the Global Summit on Diamond Open Access being held in Mexico this week, will hear from those already involved in successful diamond OA initiatives, workshop what is needed for successful diamond OA journals, and develop a plan for necessary next steps in this region.

27 October

9-11am AWST, 11am-1pm AEST, 12- 2pm AEDT, 2-4pm NZDT

Creating space for Indigenous and Pacific research

Part 1: Publishing avenues for Indigenous-led research 

How do Indigenous academics share their research in a way that is meaningful to them and the communities they wish to serve? A number of Indigenous-led open access journals have been set up with the purpose of exploring Indigenous and Pacific issues and concerns, providing an opportunity to disseminate research. This session will explore the driving force behind the development of  these journals, and the challenges in getting Indigenous research out into the scholarly community.

Part 2: Engagement with indigenous knowledge 

How do Indigenous communities share their knowledge in a way that aligns with their community rules and protocols? How can we ensure Indigenous knowledge is treated respectfully when it is in the public domain? This session will explore some of the recent initiatives seeking to tackle these questions.

Past Events