Open Access Week 2020

This week is International Open Access Week and the Library is hosting a number of events to raise awareness of the possibilities and opportunities that open data and open publishing offer.

You’ll find full details of the programme and links to sign up to events on the Library webpage.

 Two events to highlight:

How do funders and researchers work with open data?

1pm – 2pm Thursday 22nd October

Researchers from all disciplines are invited to join our online seminar to find out more about open data and open research.


Prof Rachel Thomson – Reanimating Data: journeys in archiving, sharing and re-using social research.

In this presentation Prof Thomson talks about her own journey in developing collaborative approaches to archiving, sharing and reusing qualitative social research, and the potential for open access archiving to enable new kinds of social research practice. Examples discussed will include the Everyday Childhoods collection and the reanimating data project – both of which can be explored in advance.

Dr Sonya Towers – Maximising the value of research outputs – Wellcome’s role as a funder. 

In this presentation Dr Sonya Towers, a programme officer in the Open Research team at Wellcome, will be talking about Open Research and how Wellcome supports researchers to maximise the impact of their research outputs

Suzanne Tatham will give a brief update on the work of the University’s academic-led DORA Task and Finish Group which is considering the guidance being offered by the Wellcome Trust and putting in place a plan for implementing the core principles of DORA.

Book your ticket via Eventbrite or on our Open Access Week webpage. The seminar will take place over Zoom and a link will be sent prior to the event.

Open Access Week Wikipedia Editathon

Friday 23rd October, 10am- 12 noon

Everyone has the right to knowledge. Celebrate and share your research expertise while improving the world’s most used information source. In this workshop you’ll contribute to the creation and dissemination of open knowledge, and help to address underrepresentation and bias in knowledge. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning how to improve diversity on Wikipedia by developing pages on notable women, LGBTQ+ and BAME professionals and underrepresented issues missing from the free and open encyclopaedia.

No prior experience of web editing is required.

Book place via Eventbrite

Other ways to engage

There will be events, activities and discussions taking place all over the world this week. If you are interested in learning more you can visit the Open Access website or follow #OAWeek on twitter.

Last year, we attended a screening of the film ‘Paywall: The Business of Scholarship’. The eye-opening documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. If you need an excuse to grab the popcorn, the film is still (in the spirit of OA) freely available online.  

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