Did you know that this is Open Access Week? That means that around the world right now there are students, faculty, researchers, foundations, grant funders, and many other people and organizations who are advocating the benefits of open access to research and knowledge.
What is Open Access Week?
Open Access Week is an international event in which researchers, advocates, students, professors, and policymakers around the world promote the idea of Open Access research. It 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. This year’s theme is “Open for Whom? – Equity in Open Knowledge”: worldwide events, and videos on the Open Access Week website, explore the theme of bringing open access to people who may be less able to benefit from it.
What is Open Access?
Open Access is based on the belief that the free exchange of knowledge benefits everyone. In that spirit, Open Access policies encourage making research and publications freely accessible and publicly available through open repositories and databases.
How Does Open Access Benefit You?
Open Access means being able to easily find the research and information you need. For students, it means the ability to access more articles and databases for your education. For faculty and researchers, it means access to peer output and greater visibility for your research. For grant funders, it adds layers of verification and reliability to research products. And for administrators, it means a larger impact and reputation for the institution. Open Access also helps preserve articles by allowing them to be stored in more places.
What About DKU?
Duke Kunshan University has an Open Access Policy that you can read here. Currently, DKU research and output is available through the DukeSpace repository. For this policy to be successful, however, we must foster an ongoing culture of collaboration and sharing. That means sharing Open Access ideas with your students, professors, or peers.
What Can You Do?
To learn more about Open Access Week, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org/page/about.
For examples of how your peers are advancing Open Access and taking action during The Week, click here if you’re a: