Today kicks off International Open Access week, a time "for the wider community to coordinate in taking action to make openness the default for research and to ensure that equity is at the center of that work". We're excited to participate in a few events this week on how open infrastructure – the tools, systems, and software that underpin research and scholarship – intersect and support open access.

This year's theme is "Open with Purpose:  Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion", marking the third consecutive year that the theme for International Open Access Week has focused on the urgent need for equity, inclusion, and addressing the systemic inequities built into our systems.

This week, join us for the following events – and follow #OAWeek2020 for more.


Wednesday, October 21 // 10am Eastern (14:00 UTC)

Panel: Open Access to Open Infrastructure

IOI's Kaitlin Thaney will be moderating a 1-hour panel of industry experts on what it takes to maintain a reliable, trustworthy, and equitable system in support of open science. This event is hosted by EBSCO.

Panelists include:

  • Tom Cramer (Stanford University Library)
  • Anna Wałek (Gdańsk University of Technology Library; SPARC Europe)
  • Simeon Warner (Cornell University)

For more information (and to register!) visit the event site.


Thursday, October 22 // 9pm Eastern (01:00UTC +1 day)

Investing in Open Infrastructure - Australasian Open Access Steering Group (AOASG)

To conclude #OAWeek2020, we'll be joining our colleagues in Australasia as they wrap a week of Open Access programming. Tune in Thursday night at 9pm Eastern (for those in the Northern hemisphere) or 11am AEST on Friday for those in Australia and New Zealand.

This talk will speak to some of the critical issues and questions surrounding the open technologies necessary to meet the current demand for openness in research and scholarship. We hope you'll join us.

Click here to snag your ticket (and don't forget to check out the rest of their week-long program.)

And lastly, don't forget – the call for submissions for this year's JROST (the Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools) is open through November 2.

Posted by Kaitlin Thaney