|Open Access Week 2013|
"The week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.
“Open Access” to information
– the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.
Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward." - Open Access Week
Suggested things to do during this week:
1. Sign up at Open Access Week: Open Access Week
2. See what librarians are doing with regards open access: Librarians Ideas
3. Download posters, handouts and banners: Open Access downloads
(Everything is available to download and use, no permission required, courtesy of the Creative Commons Attribution License)
4. Check out the daily events happening worldwide, especially webinars: OA events
Blog post by Karen du Toit, Archivist in the SABC Radio Archives.