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OA Week 2018 100

 Open Access Week at Nottingham, 22-26 October 2018

This October, University of Nottingham Libraries is holding a range of events to mark International Open Access Week. Now in its tenth year, Open Access Week is a chance to celebrate the benefits of opening up knowledge for all. The theme this year is ‘designing equitable foundations for open knowledge’ – meaning working towards a truly inclusive scholarly system. 

We’ve organised a series of activities which reflect this theme, so come along and take part:




Daily activities

Open access pop-ups: We’ll be popping up across campus to answer your queries about open access, including REF. There's no need to book, just come along and speak to us. You can also enter our ORCID competition for a chance to win a prize. Here's where we'll be every day during the week, from 10-11 am:

  • Monday: Mulberry Tree Café, Sutton Bonington
  • Tuesday: Foyer near Student Service Centre, B Floor, Medical School, QMC (adjacent to footbridge)
  • Wednesday: Foyer of Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
  • Thursday: Café Aspire, Xu Yafen Building, Jubilee
  • Friday: Atrium of Engineering and Science Learning Centre (ESLC), University Park

ORCID competition: Enter our prize draw for an opportunity to win a £25 Amazon voucher. Just come along to one of our pop-ups with your ORCID, or alternatively email your name and ORCID to for a chance to win!

Social media: Watch out for a week’s worth of blogs and tweets talking all things open access, including an OA Twitter takeover which features a live chat session on Plan S from 12-1 pm on Monday 22nd October


Monday 22 October - OA innovations: open access monographs, open data and scholarly publishing

Professor Shearer West will open this two-part event which will showcase some of the exciting things taking place in the world of open scholarly publishing at the moment. Speakers will include:

  • Megan Taylor from the University of Huddersfield Press, showcasing the work of the press;
  • Dr Holly Ranger from University of Nottingham Libraries, exploring publishing your research data; and
  • Bethany Logan from University of Sussex, showing how an OA book can be produced in a matter of days through a Book Sprint. 

Time: 1.30-3.30pm. Location: Room B2, Hemsley Building, University Park. Please book to secure your place.

Tuesday 23 October - Open access for your research

This training session will help develop your understanding of open access and the practical steps you can take to make your publications openly available and compliant with REF and funder requirements. 

Time: 2-4pm. Location: Room E02, Teaching and Learning Building, University Park. Please book your place via Central Short Courses.

Wednesday 24 October - Open access: how to access millions of free research articles

This two-hour interactive session will help newcomers to open access learn how to access millions of research articles published in academic journals for free. The session covers the gold and green routes to open access, delivered through guided discovery, with plenty of opportunity and support to find research you're interested in personally or professionally.

Time: 2-4pm. Location: Room B4, Exchange Building, Jubilee. Please book to secure your place.

Thursday 25 October - OA innovations: open access monographs, scholarly publishing and reaching the wider public

This is the second of our two-part event looking at open access innovations. Speakers will include:

  • Kate Petherbridge from White Rose University Press, showcasing this tri-institutional consortium press;
  • Michael Parker from The Conversation, highlighting the work of this open journalism platform; and
  • University of Nottingham Libraries' Research Support team on the wide-ranging OA initiatives at the University. 

Time: 1-3pm. Location: Room C47, Dearing Building, Jubilee. Please book to secure your place.

Friday 26 October - Film screening of ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’

To finish the week, we’ll be showing two screenings of " The Internet's Own Boy" which tells the story of Aaron Swartz, computer programmer and internet activist. This award-winning documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, follows the life of Aaron Swartz, exploring questions around ownership and access to information.  

Time: 12.45-2.45pm & 3.30-5.30pm. Location: Screening Room, Hallward Library, University Park. Please book  to secure your place.












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