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International Open Access Week 2018 (22nd October -28th October)

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Open Access Week is an annual event focusing on advancing the foundations of open knowledge. It is an opportunity for academics and the research community to learn more about open access and to engage in ongoing conversations that help inspire and advance open access to research.

The theme for this year’s Open Access Week Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge‘ reflects the need to make research more inclusive, equitable and accessible to the global community. It calls for us to engage in conversations about providing free access to high quality research output, and enabling re-use of research data, analysis and findings. In doing so, addressing the barriers that exist in moving towards openly accessible academic output.

So join the community in celebrating this year’s Open Access Week to learn more about open access and the challenges faced by academics and researchers.

Curtin Library will be hosting the following events and we invite you to join us on the day.

Screening of the documentary ‘Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

A documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science and questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers. It also 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.

Please feel free to BYO lunch.

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2018, 12:30pm-2pm

Venue: 401.001 Hollis Lecture Theatre


Beware the Publishing Trap!

Want to learn more about open access, publishing, copyright, and the evolving scholarly communications environment but don’t want to sit in another presentation? Come along and play “The Publishing Trap” board game with fellow researchers. Each character in the game need to balance the relationship between knowledge, impact, and money. It’s a fun way to learn how the choices you make throughout your academic journey might impact on your academic success.

Bring your friends or form teams on the spot. We hope to see you at one or both of the sessions!

Tuesday 23 October 1pm – 3pm Library Makerspace

Thursday 25 October 10am – 12pm Library Makerspace


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