The Power of Open

International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven event promoting Open Access as the new default in scholarship and research. This year the celebration is held October 23-29 with the theme: “Open in Action.” Hashtags: #OAweek #OpenInOrderTo #mqOAweek


The 2017 theme encourages everyone to take practical steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same. The theme is the brainchild of SPARC, a member-driven international alliance that seeks to increase the return on investment in education and research by enabling the open sharing of both research outputs and educational materials.

This year we are honoured here at Macquarie to be hosting the Executive Director of SPARC, Heather Joseph, in person. Heather will be presenting on The Power of Open.


“Effectively communicating the tangible benefits that Open Access provides is essential for open to become the default in both policy and practice,” said Heather. “This year’s theme will help focus discussions during Open Access Week on those benefits of openness that are most compelling locally—whether that’s increasing citation counts, enabling anyone to learn from the latest scholarship, or accelerating the translation of research into economic gains—and encourage action to realize these benefits.”

If you have a concrete example of open in action, we’d love to hear from you. Meantime, you are welcome to come along to meet Heather in person – don’t miss this opportunity!

The Power of Open
Monday 30th October
Level 4, Macquarie University Library, Room 4.01


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