Open Access Week is an international event that has taken place annually for 7 years now. This year, it will be held from 21 to 25 October. It aims at promoting and helping spread understanding of the stakes involved, as well as the use of open access as a basic practice in the diffusion of knowledge.
In France, several initiatives have taken place each year. But, without a national effort, on a larger scale, France will remain in the background of this major progress towards making open access the norm. Institutional archives are multiplying across the world. The proof: in 2012, the number of publications in open access reached the decisive mark of 50% in several disciplines and several countries. All of this is essentially the result of efforts by librarians and advocates for open access.
If we want open access to spread, we need to mobilize, today, all the different players in research: scientists, engineers, students, decision makers and funders.
In 2012, MyScienceWork, the scientific social network dedicated to open access, organized for the first time two events to celebrate Open Access Week in Paris. Nearly 200 people joined us to discuss the stakes and the definitions of open access, not to mention the many internet users who followed the sessions on the social networks.
This year, MyScienceWork hopes to see even more initiatives take shape. Already we have been joined by numerous partners, such as CLEO (OpenEdition and revues.org), Couperin, the University Pierre and Marie Curie, BSN, URFIST and CCSD/HAL
The theme this year will be: Open access for you!
Call for contributions!
Are you interested in transmitting information about the Paris events, diffusing the link for the session broadcasts, or organizing Open Access Week at your institution in another French city? Then contact us!
With the help of partners, this event can be organized at limited cost and with the involvement of a small number of people. MyScienceWork offers to serve as the coordinator of these events.
We look forward to receiving your email or phone call!
The MyScienceWork Team
Laurence Bianchini, PhD
laurence.bianchini (at) mysciencework (dot) com