Today marks the beginning of the first-ever international awareness week for Open Access to research, October 19 – 23, 2009. Hundreds of leading academic and research sites in over 30 countries will mark the week in unique ways, and express their support for the advancement of knowledge through free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research.
Open Access Week is designed to help raise awareness of the potential benefits of Open Access to research and to celebrate milestones in making Open Access a norm in the conduct of science and scholarship. Momentum for the incorporation of openness into the fabric of science and scholarship has been steadily growing, as evidenced by the growing number of policies from public and private research funders (including the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the world’s largest biomedical research funder) and research producers on college and university campuses (including Harvard University, MIT, University College London, the University of Kansas, and the University of Liege).
Open Access Week is organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science, Students for Free Culture, eIFL, OASIS, Open Access Directory, JISC, and SURF. Promotional partners include SPARC Europe, SPARC Japan, Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (UK), SciELO-FAPESP-BIREME (Brazil), The Open Society Institute (New York & Budapest), SURF (The Netherlands), Open- access.net (Germany), The Public Knowledge Project (Canada), My Open Archive (Japan), DuraSpace (US), IssueLabs (US).
For more information, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.