Open Access Week

Join the University Library for Open Access Week 2021 from Monday 25th of October to Friday 29th October!

This year’s Open Access Week theme 'It matters how we open knowledge: Building structural equity' is aligned with UNESCO’s Recommendation on Open Science which focuses on the importance of equity in pursuing a future of scholarship that is 'open' by default.

The University of Newcastle Library supports Open Access through education, advocacy, advice and through the provision of the University's Open Access Repository - NOVA.


WIN A COMPACT CAFE ESPRESSO MACHINE AND A BAG OF LOCALLY ROASTED COFFEE
To enter:

  • Share a tweet about why OA is important, or what OA means to you
  • Tag @uonlib and @UON_NOVA and #OAWEEK2021 to go into the draw to win
  • The more you tweet the more entries you have!

The competition opens Monday 25th October - Sunday 31st October.

Winner announced on the 4th of Nov at 10am.  
Competition open to University of Newcastle staff and students


UNIVERSITY LIBRARY OPEN ACCESS WEEK EVENTS

Tuesday 26th October 10am -11am

  • What is Open Access? 

Join our Research Liaison Librarians for this webinar where you will discover what open access is and how to access various scholarly resources for free. 

Register here

Wednesday 27th October 12pm - 1pm

  • Open Across the Research Spectrum: what different disciplines can learn from each other : Panel Discussion with our University of Newcastle colleagues, Dr Ann Hardy, Gionni DiGravio OAM

Join us for a session looking at the range of possible aims and approaches for getting knowledge to the people who need it. For some it’s making alternatives to otherwise unavoidable paywalls, for others it’s making the most of data resources. Some are working to help people connect with written and oral history, others are looking to ensure evidence-based policy making in government. Join us as we share ideas that we can adapt to our own research. 

Register at Open Access Australasia event page.

Thursday 28th Otober 10am – 10.30am

  • Decolonising Digital Collections: a community-led approach with Kua Swan

This talk will explain the issues inherent in our current digital collections, created and curated from a Eurocentric perspective. We will introduce our pilot program to decolonise digital collections, using multiple strategies including 1) connecting and collaborating with Communities, 2) rethinking language and descriptive metadata around collections, 3) exploring the application of Traditional Knowledge Labels, 4) respectfully building up content from First Nations perspectives.

This is a pre-recorded session and Kua will be online for a question and answer session after the recording.

Register here

Friday 29th October 10am-11am

  • Open Educational Resources: You don’t have to create a textbook!

Presenters: Anthony O’Brien – Copyright Adviser & Ruth Cameron – Digital Library Programs Coordinator

This session will focus on OERs and copyright considerations, followed by an introduction to Canvas Commons and using OERs.

Register here


Open Access Australasia Program

DateEvent

Monday 25th October

12 – 1pm

Open Access Australasia Panel Discussion

Growing the value of research by nurturing the open knowledge ecosystem
Who gets access to humanity’s research knowledge? Is it just a case of bringing down barriers or do we need to build bridges? What does the future of knowledge exchange look like and what power do we have to shape it? This panel will discuss the complex ways that different parts of the knowledge ecosystem interact, drawing on their expertise ranging from advising Australia’s Prime Minister, to founding open access news services, to keeping Wikipedia’s medical information accurate, to guiding nationwide research funding.

Tuesday 26th October  

12 – 1pm

Open Access Australasia Panel Discussion


Shaking up the Culture of Research Assessment
The outputs from academic research are many and varied. Funding agencies, institutions that employ researchers, and researchers themselves all have a desire and need to assess the quality and impact of academic outputs, to ensure they are assessed accurately and evaluated fairly. In order to support a change to more open research practices, and to support early career researchers, a change in thinking is needed in how research is valued and assessed. Join us for a panel discussion on ways in which research assessment can be improved.

Wednesday 27th October

10 - 1pm

Wikipedia Event 

Are you interested in editing Wikipedia or ever wondered what happens at an edit-a-thon?
For further information visit the ARC edit a thon “Automated Decision Making and Society"

12 - 1pm

Open Access Australasia Panel Discussion with our University of Newcastle colleagues, Dr Ann Hardy, Gionni DiGravio OAM

Open Across the Research Spectrum: what different disciplines can learn from each other 

Join us for a session looking at the range of possible aims and approaches for getting knowledge to the people who need it. For some it’s making alternatives to otherwise unavoidable paywalls, for others it’s making the most of data resources. Some are working to help people connect with written and oral history, others are looking to ensure evidence-based policy making in government. Join us as we share ideas that we can adapt to our own research.

2-3 PM

Open Access Australasia Panel Discussion on:

How to Address Global Challenges with Open Science

The last couple of years have taught us a lot about the importance of open science in accelerating research and supporting collaboration in order to address the challenges facing us globally. As the COVID pandemic recedes, we are now facing an even larger challenge in the form of climate change including how we can adapt what we’ve learnt from research during COVID to the climate emergency.

Register at Open Access Australasia event page.

Thursday 27th October

12 – 1pm

Indigenous Voices: research principles and practice through a First Nations lens

Research involving Indigenous People and Knowledge can require deeper consideration than simply ‘open’ or ‘closed’. This session will focus on the experiences of First Nations researchers and those conducting research with Indigenous Peoples, and will discuss the guiding concepts and how these can be put into practice, illustrated with case studies.

Friday 28th October

12 - 1pm

Open Access Australasia Panel Discussion

Another Kind of Open: exploring the benefits and barriers to the creation and use of open educational resources

You’ve heard of open access for research publications, but have you considered the role of openness in teaching and learning? In this interactive session, we’ll explore open educational resources (OERs) and their benefits, through a series of case studies and unpack some of the barriers to using, adapting and creating OERs. Whether you are new to OERs or an experienced OER specialist, join us for this interactive event and be part of the conversation on moving the OER agenda forward at a national level.

2 – 3pm

Open Access Australasia Panel Discussion with our University of Newcastle colleague Emma Beckett

Making Research Truly Accessible: insight unshared is thwarted potential 

Academic communication can be highly exclusionary. How can we make research findings more accessible whilst retaining accuracy? Our panel of experts in social media outreach, communicating across the sciences, arts and humanities, and visualising research will discuss how to work genuinely accessible for greater equity and impact.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.