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Open Access Week 2023

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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.  We’ve adapted some for Zoom backgrounds here.

If you are planning events at your institution, please contact us here 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.

Links to collections to be discussed by our panellists:   Ia: the Rainbow Collection  –  Colonial Secretary’s letters  –  Figure NZ

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.

Other Events

Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 October, 12.00–1.00 pm AEDT

Western Sydney University (WSU) Library and the Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Western Sydney University (WSU) Library and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) are joining to co-present 5 presentations for OA Week.

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Monday 23 October, 2:00 AEDT

Open Access Week Keynote

Keynote by University Librarian Hero Macdonald - which approaches to open scholarship prioritise the best interests of the public and academic community – and which do not?

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Tuesday 24 October, 9:30-10:30am ACDT

Authorship and Advocacy: Fostering Community through Open Publishing

University of South Australia (UniSA) hosts a free hybrid OER author panel event! Panellists will explore this year’s OA Week theme of “community over commercialisation” and discuss their current OER publishing projects, their reasons for publishing openly, and key barriers to navigate.

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Tuesday 24 October, 12:00-12:45pm NZT

Sharks in the water - Don’t let predatory publishers scare you away from Open Access - University of Auckland

Are you afraid to publish your article Open Access because you’re not sure how to tell a predatory publisher from a legitimate one? This talk will dispel some of the myths that surround predatory publishing and Open Access.

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Tuesday 24 October, 12:00pm AEDT

Open Publishing at Deakin: An online panel discussion

Editors of diamond OA journals at Deakin will gather to share ideas and experiences with each other and with the broader Deakin community.

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Tuesday, 24 October, 2:00-3:00pm AEDT

CAUL Webinar: Support for Open and FAIR Non-Traditional Research Outputs (NTROs)

CAUL is pleased to launch a framework for supporting Open, CARE (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, and Ethics), and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) non-traditional research outputs (NTROs) in Australian Academic Libraries. The project team will share the goals, approaches, and key insights from this project, followed by an opportunity to ask your questions.

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Wednesday 25 October, 12:00-12:45pm NZT

A Researcher's Journey to Open Access and Open Research - University of Auckland

This session will consist of a short presentation by Siouxsie Wiles with time for Q&A after. Siouxsie heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland.

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Wednesday 25 October, 12:30-1:30pm AEDT

UOW Library Open Access Week Panel 2023

To explore this year's theme of Community over Commercialisation, UOW Library is hosting a panel discussion featuring academics from all Faculties and career stages at UOW.

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Wednesday October 25 , 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Introduction to Open Access - Te Kunenga ki Purehuroa | Massey University

Join the Massey University Subject Librarians as they present their Introduction to Open Access session. Please note that this session is aimed at PhD and Doctoral students, however, the content is suitable for anyone looking for an introductory session on Open Access, Creative Commons Licensing, Read and Publish deals and Institutional Repositories.

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Wednesday 25 October, 11.00am NZT

Keeping it local: Perspectives on publishing

Join the University of Waikato for our town hall event, exploring the nuances of local publishing and Indigenous authorship. In this panel-style discussion, authors and editors will reflect on their experiences of scholarly publishing and on Open Access more generally

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Thursday 26 October, 9.30am – 12.30pm AEDT

Open Access Hackathon: Workshopping wicked problems collaboratively

Deakin researchers, including PhD Candidates, are invited to come together to workshop solutions to address the “wicked problem” of how to realise community over commercialisation in Open Access.

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Thursday, 26 October, 12:00-12:45pm NZT

Louis Sartain: Breaking new ground: founding a diamond standard open access journal - University of Auckland

This session will consist of a short presentation by Louis Sartain, Director of the Early Academics Society: International (EASI), and the founder of The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (IJIR) and The International Conference for Early Academics and Researchers (ICEAR) with time for Q&A after.

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Thursday 26 October, 1:00-2:00pm AEDT

Why publishing in closed journals is smothering your impact, and what you can do about it

Professor Michael Cowling and Dr Joey Crawford discuss the cost of publishing in higher ranked, but paywalled publications on academic impact. They also propose alternative options for authors seeking to build credible research that has impact on policy and practice, and cautionary tales of alluring open access outlets that publish by payment.

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Thursday 26 October, 10am – 11am (AEST)

Beyond Access & Affordability: The Impact of Open Textbook Publishing on your Academic Profile - University of Southern Queensland

Join UniSQ Library for Open Access Week 2023 to explore the impact of open textbook publishing on your academic profile with Associate Professor Tanya Machin and Dr Susan Carter.

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Thursday 26 October, 12.00 pm – 12.45 pm

How open pedagogy can supercharge authentic assessment – launching Making Public Histories

This event will launch the new La Trobe eBureau book Making Public Histories, an open educational resource (OER) co-constructed in a variety of digital mediums by History academics and students at La Trobe University. The book launch will feature discussions with the academic co-editors, student authors and open publishers about how they collaborated across departments to create a resource that enables accessible contributions to debates on public histories in Australia.

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Friday 27 October, 12:00-12:45pm NZT

Open Access to mātauranga Māori perspectives through the arts, ecology, activism and transdisciplinarity

Artist and researcher Dr Mark Harvey will share his experiences publishing Open Access and the importance of OA in promoting and sharing his art and research. Mark’s research centers around connecting with communities and building public awareness around ecological issues, social justice and related general level mātauranga Māori perspectives.

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Friday 27 October, 12:00 – 1:00pm AEDT

Open is more than open access research: An Open Education panel discussion

This dialogic panel discussion responds to the provocation Open is more than Open Access research and does so through an exploration of how we are becoming open at Deakin.

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Wednesday 1 November, 11:00am – 12:00 noon AEST

Candid conversations about Open Access, community or commercialisation.

Join Professor Leanne Wiseman, Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and esteemed panel of Griffith University researchers.

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