Open Access refers to removing access barriers to academic literature in order to make the products of academic work immediately open and accessible to as wide a range of people as possible. Re-evaluating and re-centering the importance of open access and open research requires building structural equity into the academic reward and recognition system. To celebrate Open Access Week 2021, we would like to share a few of the resources we’ve been reading, listening to, and viewing this week:
- The Academic Magazines of the University of Chile shared the best quotes from participants of the Open Access Week conference organized by Wikimedia Chile and the Directorate of Information Services and Libraries (SISIB) of the University of Chile. A recording of the meeting can be watched here.
- The Open Research Funders Group Incentivization Blueprint helps funders adjust their incentivization schemes to develop and implement policies that are more closely aligned with open access, open data, open science, and open research. Additionally, the Open Research Funders Group is running a survey to gather community input for their new Open and Equitable Model Funding Program.
- Rachel Bruce discussed key changes in the new 2021 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Open Access policy.
- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shared a recording of the launch event for their Open Science Toolkit for Fostering Open Science Practices. Find links to the recording and the toolkit here.
- Open Access Australasia advocates for practical initiatives on open access in the region, and held a virtual Open Access Week 2021 webinar series, including a one focused on Shaking Up the Culture of Research Assessment.
- The Unsettling Knowledge Equities podcast released a new episode: Indigenous Epistemologies & Open Science: Learning from the Land. In this episode, speakers discuss Indigenous epistemologies, personal journeys in science and academia, and more.
For more reading, check out the Open Research Funders Group reading list! For an in-depth essay on how the principles of DORA intersect with open scholarship, check out our 2020 article The intersections between DORA, open scholarship, and equity.
Haley Hazlett is DORA’s Program Manager.