Open Access Week (21-27 October 2013)
21 October 2013
Open Access Week is a worldwide event, now in its sixth year, promoting open access for scholarship and research.
“Open access” is the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research together with the right to use and re-use those results as needed. It has the potential to advance the way research and scientific enquiry are conducted.
Open access can benefit academia, medicine, science, industry and society as a whole by maximising research investments, increasing the exposure and use of published research and facilitating the ability to conduct enquiry and analysis across research literature.
The UC Research Repository (http://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/) is an example of open access in action, showcasing research undertaken at UC. It is ranked in the top 100 repositories of its type in the world, with well over a million downloads a year.
More about Open Access Week is available at http://www.openaccessweek.org/