Open Access week: whats happening in the UK
October 18, 2010 13 Comments
Last week I asked repository managers in the UK to let me know what they are doing this week to promote open access in their institutions as part of SPARC’s International Open Access week. I’ve had a really good response and I’ve listed below a summary of activities (in no particular order) – if yours isn’t there please add it as a comment. There are so many events and imaginative projects which will really help to raise the profile of open access. Well done UK repository staff! You can also check out the JISC OA week site for managers and researchers which will focus on a different aspect of OA on each day.
Open University: Competition for the best ORO success story jointly run by Library services and the Research School. Submitted by Colin Smith (with thanks to the Welsh Repsoitory Network for the idea).
Glyndwr University: Competition for the best submission on the theme “Tell us why you think our research repository is good for Glyndwr University”. Submitted by Misha Jepson.
University of Sussex: A series of seminars on different topics , some targetted at specific groups e.g. a session from BioMed Central for early career researchers. Submitted by Chris Keene.
Anglia Ruskin University: An afternoon event with the Executive Editor of PLoS One, a mystery competition and cake. Submitted by Ruth Rule.
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: Leaflets, blog postings, internet and intranet postings describing what OA week is and the work at Queen Margaret towards open access. Screencast demonstrating the deposit process. Submitted by Helen Muir.
University of Southampton/EPrints: Open Access Mandate Adoption Challenge. Institutions worldwide who have adopted, or who are planning to adopt, an OA mandate are invited to register their policy in ROARMAP. Submitted by Stevan Harnad.
School of Advanced Study: A repository re-launch event with wine and speeches. The repository has a new aesthetic design and has migrated from DSpace to EPrints. Submitted by Peter Webster.
University of Leicester: “Repository in your Office“. Repository staff will visit researchers in their offices to collect materials for archiving in the repository and offer 1-2-1 consultations on open access. This has been promoted widely via the University’s bulletin board. Submitted by Gareth Johnson.
University of Notingham: Message of the day on the university home page will promote open access including links to the publication and how to add resources to the repository. Submitted by Amanda Hodgson.
University of Warwick: Drop in sessions and presentations, afternoon event with speaker (Gerry Lawson of NERC), a competition for the most deposits and a podcast about WRAP. Submitted by Yvonne Budden.
Leeds Metropolitan University: Series of awareness raising events at the different campuses – both actual and virtual via Elluminate.
University of Huddersfield: Questionnaire to guage the success of the repository which will inform future advocacy plans. Submitted by Graham Stone with thanks to the University of Edinburgh. Graham drew on a questionnaire in their data repository (recently blogged by RSP). OA in action!
Welsh Repository Network: Competition for the best repository success story.
University of Worcester: Lots of events including displays, workshops and chocolate incentives. Submitted by Janet Davidson.