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Open Access Week 2012 - Set the Default to Open Access


Now in its sixth year, Open Access Week is well underway. The event officially kicked off with a World Bank and SPARC Open Access Week 2012 Liveblog & Webcast.


Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, American University and founding Board Member, Creative Commons
Matt Cooper, President, The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
Maricel Kann, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland and member, PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, NIH.
Carlos Rossel, Publisher, The World Bank
Neil Thakur, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The 90-minute panel was moderated by Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC, with ample time for questions from audience members.

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This year saw a much greater use of Twitter to discuss what was happening during Open Access Week. The main hashtag used was #OAWeek and all tweets using that handled are being archived here. Data are also available as to who was tweeting and this infographic is very interesting.

Prior to the SPARC/World Bank event, BioMed Central Medicine published a fascinating Manuscript entitled Anatomy of open access publishing: a study of longitudinal development and internal structure by Laakso and Björk et al. This sparked a fair amount of discussion via social media and at the point of writing, at least three people have blogged about it.

In terms of Open Access Week and the blogosphere generally, here are a selection of some of the posts released this week so far:

Just in time for Open Access Week
This week: Open Access, Big Data and Development Policy
Open Access Week at Harvard, October 22 - 28, 2012
Open Access Week showcases research
Reasons to go for open access: perspectives from a clinician and a librarian
Open Access Week 2012
Welcome to the first day of Open Access Week 2012!
Open Access Week 22-28 October
Open Access Week
Happy Open Access Week
Open Access Week
UCSF Library Marks 2012 Open Access Week, October 22-26
International Open Access Week
‘Game-changing’ new option is Open Access Week highlight for optics and photonics publisher
Open Access Week, 2012 Version
Open Access Week Thought of the Day #2
Open Access Week 2012
Administrative: Open Access Week 2012
Open Access Week: Reusing and Sharing Research Data
Open access: Delivering on its potential
Open Access Week 2012
Open Access Week October 22 – 28, 2012
Open Access Week – Royal Society Publishing lets us access >68,000 articles
Celebrate Open Access Week October 22-28!
The future of Open Access
It’s Open Access Week
Sussex events for Open Access Week
Celebrate Open Access Week (22-28 October 2012).
Open Access Week in St Andrews
Open Access in the Book Disciplines
Open Practices for the Connected Researcher

On Monday this week Open Access Week 2012: Opening Research and Data, Monday, 22 October 2012 from 13:00 to 16:30 took place at Birkbeck, University of London. The event was streamed live and uploaded shortly thereafter. A great lineup of speakers and well worth a watch.

Also this week, “Bradley Open Notebook Science Georgia Tech OA Week” was broadcast live and then uploaded online.

“Jean-Claude Bradley presents on Open Notebook Science: Transparency in Research on October 23, 2012 at Georgia Tech for Open Access Week. Topics include solubility, melting points, a recrystallization app, the Chemical Information Retrieval class at Drexel University and the Open Chemical Property Matrix (OCPM)”.

“Open Access Wikipedia Challenge - Open Access Week” is also worth a look at.

“Learning about Open Access Week, and on which criteria to judge a journal's openness. This is part of the series Open Access Wikipedia Challenge, available at P2PU Produced by Max Klein OCLC Wikipedian in Residence

The working week part of Open Access Week concludes tomorrow although events will continue over the weekend. Tomorrow at 12 - 1PM GMT, there is a one hour tweet chat to discuss the Laakso and Björk et al article. The authors themselves will be involved and anyone on Twitter can join in using the hashtag #BMCMed.

As always, feedback, comments, suggestions and ideas are welcomed. Please get in touch at or via twitter, facebook or google+.

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