Open Access Week 2019: Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge

It is 2019 International Open Access Week!

Open Access Week 2019

From October 21-27, 2019, the Campus Library and UW Libraries celebrate International Open Access Week! This year’s theme, “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” is centering equity in access, in participation in knowledge creation, and in research communication.

According to the 2019 Open Access Week Advisory Committee, “As the transition to a system for sharing knowledge that is open by default accelerates, the question ‘open for whom?’ is essential—both to consider and to act upon. Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support? Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning? Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication? These questions will determine the extent to which emerging open systems for research will address inequities in the current system or replicate and reinforce them.”

In recognition of Open Access Week, the Campus Library has installed a thought-provoking display on the first floor illustrating the real financial impact of research articles and books for knowledge production in a non-open access environment.

Year-round, UWB/CC librarians and library staff provide support about open access! You can learn more about the Campus Library’s commitment to open access resources and collections through the following resources:

This year, librarians and library staff at all three UW campuses have organized campus specific OA Week events such as the UWB/CC Campus Library display, a panel discussion at UW Tacoma on Open Educational Resources, and UW Seattle has workshops on creative commons and accessibility. We hope you participate and enjoy the Open Access Week events! And we look forward to hearing your ideas and thoughts here on the blog or through social media by using the official twitter hashtag #OAWeek or tagging your discussions around this year’s theme with the hashtag #OpenForWhom.

Please contact Sarah Leadley, Library Director, Denise Hattwig, Head of Digital Scholarship + Collections, or your subject librarian if you would like to talk more about open access!

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