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Open Access Week Idea Swap

From Jennifer McLennan, Director of Programs & Operations, SPARC

Washington, DC In 2010, Open Access Week (OAW) was the largest and most successful yet. With just under 900 participants in 94 countries, last year’s event was no less than three times larger than it was just a year before. Hundreds of videos, photos, blog posts, and more were released to promote and highlight the benefits of Open Access to research and take the conversation even more deeply into the research community – and they absolutely did.

Participants from the academy – including humanists, climate change scientists, provosts, research funders, Nobelists, and lawyers – really took advantage of the occasion to share their insights on how Open Access has had an impact on their work and lives. (Read more at OAW 2010 was also a great reminder to us of the work and opportunities that lie ahead.  We’ve isolated a need to dig deeper into the academy and find ways to meet faculty on their own terms – to find ways to bring Open Access Week, so to speak, to campus every day of the year.

OA advocates have been creative and committed in working to engage different communities in different ways throughout the year, and are planning great things for October 24 to 30. Please join us October 3 for an Open (Access Week) Idea Swap to get some great ideas on what you can do – especially with limited time and resources; come hear what others are doing and share your plans to advance Open Access in 2011. OA Week program director Jennifer McLennan will host.

Open Access Week Idea Swap
Another free SPARC online event
Monday, October 3, 2011
1:00 – 2:00PM Eastern
Registration is free, but required. RSVP by September 29 at

This online event is held in conjunction with Open Access Week 2011 (October 24 – 30). Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access (OA), to share ideas with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in establishing Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus open-access policies, to issue reports on the societal and economic benefits of Open Access, to commit new funds in support of open-access publication, and more. Open Access Week is organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). SPARC is online at

Register to participate and learn more about what you can do at