Open Access Week

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Update and call for input -- July 9 deadline

Hi everyone,

We're looking at next steps for Open Access Week planning and I just took a look at the make up of our participants so far. WOW. If you haven't noticed the breadth and depth of the international group you're participating with here, do take a look. It's pretty amazing. (Do an advanced search at We have a tremendous show from India and the U.S., plus a lot of participants from Canada, Japan, China, South Africa, Brazil, Germany... 60 countries so far are represented by Open Access Week participants. We've already surpassed last year!!

This is really great progress. To help keep up the pace, we have a two-fold request for input to share.

First: For those who have not yet decided to host Open Access Week activities, what kind of information would be useful for you to have? What types of factors are influencing your decision to participate or not?

Second: For those whose plans are underway, what type of support would be most useful to you right now? What would you like to discuss at our next GMT-5 Webcast, or what would you like to be discussing in your region of the world? Let us know. We can help.

Please share your thoughts via comment to this blog post, or to me via email, by July 9.

Thanks! Really look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,


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Comment by Elsabe Olivier on July 8, 2010 at 8:03pm
I agree with Patrick and Iryna's suggestions, specifically the following:
- New PowerPoint template for marketing purposes
- OA marketing materials (can it be posted to South Africa? We feel so isolated here!)
- Information on the Creative Commons license
-Any other interesting ideas will be welcomed
-Do we have a 2010 theme?
Comment by Patrick Labelle on July 8, 2010 at 6:54am
It would be useful to get .eps files for the images and logos used for OA week. This would allow us more flexibility locally to redesign publications, signage, posters, etc.
Comment by Iryna Kuchma on July 8, 2010 at 4:34am
Looking at the responses to “top goals for OAW'10 and how can we help?” from EIFL network there are requests for
- OA marketing materials (to the academia and postgraduate students): - to recruit submitters across the faculties (request from the repository managers); - to market OA journals (request from OA publishers); - raise awareness of the academic staff about the benefits in publishing and using OA journals (request from the librarians);
- Success stories – OA projects case studies (some need these case studies and some want to share their case studies);
- Ideas for the launch event (a new repository will be launched during OAW’10);
- Recommendations on how to promote Open Access in public libraries during OAW’10;
- Posters or ANY promotional material to create awareness of the Creative commons licenses during OAW’10;
- A live video conference / webcast/ with an expert addressing the audience, or brainstorming/discussion with international OA advocates;
- Ideas for OA week events.
Comment by Koji Hatada on July 8, 2010 at 3:11am
I think those who try to host activities want to find cooperators and measure to attract them.
So information about cooperators (who are them, and what they want) will be helpful for them, I think.
Comment by Heather Martin on July 7, 2010 at 9:45am
I would like to see videos or testimonials related to OA in the humanities and socials sciences. Faculty in these areas usually know less about OA than those in STM, and they have more questions about how OA is relevant to them. There are probably postings about successful OA projects and journals around the Web, but the OA Week site could have a compilation of the best of these, that would help on our campus.
Comment by Robin Sinn on July 7, 2010 at 9:42am
I like Jen's idea. I'm going to start calling tomorrow to try to schedule a speaker for JHU. We also hope to plan a panel of JHU researchers who edit or author in OA journals. And I just had a suggestion from our humanities librarians that an event that focuses on OA in the humanities would be of interest to their folks.
Comment by Jen Ferguson on July 6, 2010 at 3:57am
Hi all,

A central live webcast with prominent, engaging speakers would be far and away the most useful thing to us right now; that would give us a cornerstone to begin planning other OA week activities.

(I know the central live event idea came up during the planning meeting, but I wanted to mention it again).


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