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Open in order to ….


International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week promoting Open Access and Open Education as the new default in scholarship and research.

This year the celebration is held October 23-29 with the theme: “Open in order to ….” Hashtags: ,

This celebration takes place online and on the ground and multiple institutions around the world. It will interest most educators and librarians (hello, friends!) but it has applications for everyone, which we’ll explore more as the data approaches. It’s time to ask about the goals of open access and open education. If it’s improving education, saving lives or saving money, we need to articulate what we want on our personal and community wishlists.

2017: Open in order to…
From SPARC: This year’s theme is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available. “Open in order to…” serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables—in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context; then to take action to realize these benefits.

Open in order to increase the impact of my scholarship. Open in order to enable more equitable participation in research. Open in order to improve public health. These are just a few examples of how this question can be answered.

This year’s theme of “Open in order to…” also recognizes the diverse contexts and communities within which the shift to Open Access is occurring and encourages specific discussion that will be most effective locally. We invite the community to help us translate this prompt into new languages at bit.ly/translateoaweek

“Effectively communicating the tangible benefits that Open Access provides is essential for open to become the default in both policy and practice,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. “This year’s theme will help focus discussions during Open Access Week on those benefits of openness that are most compelling locally—whether that’s increasing citation counts, enabling anyone to learn from the latest scholarship, or accelerating the translation of research into economic gains—and encourage action to realize these benefits.

Last year’s “Open in action” theme encouraged all stakeholders to take concrete steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same—from posting pre-prints in a repository to pledging to educate colleagues about Open Access. The 2017 theme will help build on that emphasis on action by identifying the end goals Open Access can enable and encouraging individuals and institutions to take steps to achieve those goals.

International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations across the world.

Established in 2008 by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and partners in the student community, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action. The “Open in Action” theme highlights the researchers, librarians, students, and others who have made a commitment to working in the open and how that decision has benefitted them—from researchers just starting their careers to those at the top of their field.

International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives.

Key Links

Planeta.com is making a formal request for examples of good practice from our readers/viewers. Have you published in an Open Access journal? Have you made photos, artwork or videos available with an Attribution-ShareAlike license? How is your wiki-literacy? Have you edited Wikipedia or other open access-licensed wikis? Would you like to?

Ideally we’d like to see, share and remix stories about responsible, conscious, local ecotourism. This requires speaking to travelers and locals alike.

Our contribution – free use of the Open Access Week poster.

Get everyone on the same page
Make the world a better place

Why share?

What should we share?

What are some examples of explaining ‘open access’ in a way that broadens understanding and usage?

How is International Open Access Week translated in other languages?

How did this year’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development fare in terms of providing Open Access?

What are your favorite open access and creative commons-licensed tourism data, reports?

What are the notable publications and resources made available this year in Open Access format in the following categories:

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Parks and Protected Areas
  • Travel and Tourism in Parks and Protected Areas (a special shoutout to the members of TAPAS)

Which pages will be edited by more than one editor this week on the Planeta Wiki?

Specific requests: What can we add to Planeta’s guides to Mexico’s Wildlife, Biodiversity, Parks and Protected Areas, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and Te Matatini?

Comments are welcome below.


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