Open Access – 'the boring part of openness'?
Open Access – 'the boring part of openness'?*
International Open Access Week is held every October. This year a number of UK Universities released videos and blogs to show the impact of openness and why it is important for both early career researchers and PhD students, as well as established researchers and authors.
Here at Imperial we held the very first Data Circus. This was an informal forum to showcase our own open data and open software initiatives. 3 researchers presented their work: Kai Arulkumaran presented FGLab, a machine learning dashboard for computational experiments designed to make prototyping easier, Charles R.E. Romain presented the use of an HPC digital repository developed in-house at Imperial for open chemistry data and Clare Bakewell demonstrated MPublish for FAIR NMR Data, which enables access to data without requiring a new software licence. We would love to organise more Data Circus events in the future. If you would like to present or participate, please get in touch with the RDM Team.
Goldsmiths University Library released very interesting videos of conversations with their researchers: Caspar Addyman talked about openness in science, and Eyal Weizman and Stefan Laxness showed how open access and the involvement of citizens is of immense benefit in their work.
Cambridge University held a number of events and published a number of blogs, under the banner ‘Unlocking Research’. Of particular note is the blog post entitled Theses - releasing an untapped resource. At Imperial, theses have been required to go open access and be deposited in Spiral since 2013, see Preparing your thesis.
Open Access Week is truly international, with events held worldwide.
The Open Access and RDM teams at Imperial (based in the Library) are here to help you. We are always happy to discuss the practicalities of open access and research data, funder policies and why it's important to be as ‘open’ as you can.