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[BOAI] Open Access Week Theme to be "Generation Open"
From: Nick Shockey <nick AT arl.org>
SPARC is pleased to announce that the theme for this year's International Open ↵ Access Week will be Generation Open. The theme will highlight the value in ↵ working with the next generation as Open Access advocates and their importance ↵ in the long-term success of the Open Access movement. The theme will also ↵ explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at ↵ different stages of their careers. The announcement is copied below and posted ↵ on the SPARC website here: ↵ http://www.sparc.arl.org/initiatives/openaccessweek/2014/announcement. We are also announcing a webcast on Monday, May 19th, at 2:30pm EDT to help ↵ kickoff local planning for this year’s Open Access Week. We hope you’ll ↵ consider joining us, and please forward the invitation to any and all in your ↵ community who would be interested in attending. More information on the ↵ webcast here: ↵ http://www.sparc.arl.org/initiatives/openaccessweek/2014/kickoffwebcast. Best, Nick _______________________________________ For Immediate Release May 8, 2014 2014 International Open Access Week to Be Held In October “Generation Open” Theme Highlights Involvement of Students and Early Career ↵ Researchers Washington, DC – The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition ↵ (SPARC) announced today that the theme for this year’s International Open ↵ Access Week is Generation Open. The theme will highlight the importance of ↵ students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the ↵ short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of ↵ the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends. ↵ The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect ↵ scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. To be held from October 20 – 26, 2014, International Open Access Week 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. “Open Access Week has blossomed into an event celebrated at hundreds of ↵ institutions on every continent across the world,” said Heather Joseph, ↵ Executive Director of SPARC. “This year’s theme reflects the importance of ↵ putting our future scholars and researchers at the core of the shift to an open ↵ system of scholarly communication.” The theme “Generation Open” will return International Open Access Week to its ↵ foundation. Begun in 2007 as the National Day of Action for Open Access, the ↵ event was originally a partnership between SPARC and students who organized ↵ local events on a handful of campuses across the United States. Since then, ↵ both student involvement in Open Access and Open Access Week itself have grown ↵ exponentially. SPARC’s student program, The Right to Research Coalition, has grown to more ↵ than 75 member student organizations, which collectively represent nearly seven ↵ million students in more than 100 countries around the world. The energy, ↵ creativity, and passion of the next generation that sparked the National Day of ↵ Action for Open Access in 2007 can now be seen in projects like the Open Access ↵ Button, a student-developed tool that helps users find freely available copies ↵ of pay walled articles. SPARC encourages advocates around the world to use the week as a catalyst for ↵ raising awareness of Open Access and to build a dialogue with the next ↵ generation about shaping the system of scholarly communication that they will ↵ inherit. On Monday, May 19th at 2:30pm EDT (7:30pm BST), SPARC will host a kickoff ↵ webcast to help advocates begin planning Open Access Week events, featuring ↵ advice from experts who have organized successful events during previous weeks. ↵ More information and a link to register can be found at ↵ www.sparc.arl.org/initiatives/openaccessweek/2014/kickoffwebcast. Nick Shockey Director of Programs and Engagement, SPARC Director, Right to Research Coalition nick AT arl.org +1 202 296 2296 Skype: nick.shockey http://www.righttoresearch.org http://www.arl.org/sparc
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