XI Open Access Week: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion
Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge. Rebuilding research and scholarship to be open by default presents a unique opportunity to construct a foundation that is fundamentally more equitable. Yet today, structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present and persistent in places where openness is a core value. As a global community, it is important to understand that the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice and that addressing these inequities is a necessity.
Building on our discussions in 2018 (“Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”) and 2019 (“Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”), 2020 marks the third consecutive year the theme for International Open Access Week will focus on the urgent need for action on equity and inclusion, underscoring the urgency of continuing to center this work.
International Open Access Week is a time for the wider community to coordinate in taking action to make openness the default for research and to ensure that equity is at the center of this work. This year's Open Access Week will be held from October 19th through the 25th; however, organizers are encouraged to host discussions and take action around this year’s theme whenever is most suitable during the year and to adapt the theme and activities to their local context. This is especially true for this year with the varying levels of disruption due to COVID-19.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion must be consistently prioritized year-round and integrated into the fabric of the open community, from how our infrastructure is built to how we organize community discussions to the governance structures we use. International Open Access Week is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress to build more equitable foundations for opening knowledge—discussions and actions that need to be continued, year in and year out.
OASPA Online Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing 2020
The OASPA 2020 Conference will take place online during the week of Monday 21 – Friday 25 September 2020.
OpenAIRE Week 2020
This year we’re going virtual with the OpenAIRE General Assembly. During OpenAIRE Week, from October 12th until October 16th 2020, we will offer a mix of internal meetings in the morning for OpenAIRE partners, and external webinars in the afternoon. The external sessions are open for all (registration required) and will take place every day from 14:00 to 16:00 CEST. You can register for each session individually.
The 2019 International Open Access Week: Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge
As the transition to a system for sharing knowledge that is open by default accelerates, the question “open for whom?” is essential—both to consider and to act upon. Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support? Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning? Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication? These questions will determine the extent to which emerging open systems for research will address inequities in the current system or replicate and reinforce them. (http://www.openaccessweek.org/)
Shaping new ways to open the book. A workshop of the HIRMEOS project
The HIRMEOS project (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure), a project of the OPERAS research infrastructure (operas-eu.org) is organizing a workshop at the ELPUB conference in Marseille on 2 June on the topic of "Shaping new ways to open the book".