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SPARC WEB EVENT: The 2010 Open Access Week Challenge

From Jennifer McLennan, Director of Programs & Operations, SPARC
Washington, D.C. Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourth 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.
Join SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph and Open Access Week Program Director Jennifer McLennan to explore how researchers, research funders, administrators, technology developers, and others are taking advantage of Open Access to research and how advocates can help take conversations to a new level. The 2010 Open Access Week Challenge, A SPARC online event is being held in conjunction with Open Access Week 2010 (October 18 – 24), will take place on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 from 12:00 – 1:00PM EST. Registration is free, but required. RSVP by September 6 at
Open Access to information has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. OA has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the conduct of research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Tune in on Sept. 7 to find out how real impact of Open Access has helped advance research and scholarship.