Open Access – Open for October

   Open Access Week banner image - October 2019 Open for Whom?

Open Access Week is on from 21-27 October, 2019. This year researchers and librarians around the world are asking the question – Open for whom? placing the spotlight on equity of knowledge.

Considering ideas of equity of knowledge expands our understanding of what Open means. This is how the Open movement was born. The Open Movement incorporate open access, open data, open educational resources, open initiatives, open repository, author processing charges and other methods. The Open movement supports the FAIR principles of Findable, Interoperable, Accessible and Reusable.  It can be built upon, contextualised to fit local experiences, cross subject specialisations, enable new connections, encourage transformative knowledge pathways and improve the lives of individuals and communities. 

How is the Library supporting Open Access?

Café pop-up chat:

Come and find out more about Open Access and how UNE Library can collaborate with you exploring the Open Movement! Look out for your Librarian at the pop-up stalls operating during Open Access week. Our knowledgeable Librarians will be ready to discuss all things Open.

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  • Café Life Tuesday 22nd 9am – 10.30am
  • Café 77 Wednesday 23rd 9am – 10.30am
  • Booloominbah Thursday 24th  9am – 10.30am

RUNE race to 100: increase the visibility and impact of UNE research outputs.

Repository UNE (RUNE) has set a challenge for all of October. The team wants to increase the number of OA outputs in RUNE by 100 during October. They need your help! Do you have earlier versions of your publications? By earlier versions we mean post prints or accepted author manuscript. See this blog post for more information on Green Open Access and the repository. To find out more, reach out to the RUNE team.

Helpful hint from your librarian!  Save your manuscript versions, including open access (pre-print and post-peer review versions), into your EndNote Library!

A little more information for you…

Three key areas of the Open movement that UNE Library are investigating are: Open Access, Open Data and Open Educational Practices

When we talk about Open Access, we are referring to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. OA content is open to all, with no access fees. There are two main routes to making your research outputs openly accessible – via publishing on an Open Access platform or by archiving a version of the manuscript in an OA repository – like RUNE.

There are many benefits to making your Data open. These include compliance with funder/publisher requirements, supporting transparency, reproducibility, and research integrity. Open data is a driving for public service improvement and innovation, economic value and public engagement.  And a professional benefit is the increase for your citations and usage of publications associated with the published data.

Open Access relationships tree

See the Open Knowledge Foundation, the Australian National Data Services – FAIR data, Springer Nature on the benefits of Open Access and Nature on Ask not what you can do for open data; ask what open data can do for you for more information of contact the Research Data Lead for advice.

A considerable amount of activity at the university involves teaching and learning and, Open October acknowledges the considerable expertise involved in developing quality courseware, teaching resources, ancillary educational resources and assessment.   Open Educational Practices (OEP) and Open Educational Resources (OERs) include

  • inclusive pedagogical practice
  • stimulates student peer learning and engagement
  • sharing effective teaching methods
  • media, curricula, texts and assessment.

OERs have the potential to enrich content in courses or provide textbook alternatives.   The Library provides an excellent resource hosting platform in the form of Reading Lists; resources curated for your unit, enduring links and Copyright compliance.

Contact your library subject matter experts for further advice, or see the library guides on Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER) for more information.

And what about Copyright and ownership?

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The key to unlocking knowledge in the open space is through understanding copyright. The UNE Library Copyright Office can provide guidance in how to make your knowledge open. Consider how you can retain ownership of your work using Creative Commons licensing and decide how your work can be re-used, re-mixed, and shared legally. Creative Commons attributes symbols

Contact the Copyright office for advice on licensing your work.

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