October 25-31, 2021 is International Open Access Week, which celebrates open access while educating people on what open access (OA) and open knowledge looks like. Open Access Week is organized by SPARC, an open access advocacy group.
This year’s theme for Open Access Week is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity”. In the words of SPARC, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work “must be consistently prioritized year-round and integrated into the fabric of the open community”, on all conceivable levels.
The Research Library will be taking part in Open Access Week this year with a number of open access-focused blog posts and virtual learning sessions. Session information can be found below, including links to RSVP to both sessions:
- Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1 pm: Martin Klein of the Research Library’s Prototyping team will be presenting on “reference rot” and better stewardship of web resources with their tool Robust Links
- Thursday, Oct. 28 at 1 pm: A panel of speakers will lead a round table discussion on open access, their thoughts on OA, and what the Research Library and LANL are doing to support and promote OA work.
- Thursday, Oct. 28th at 3pm: ORCID @ LANL OA Day – Swing by the ORCID OA Drop In session to find out more about the new ORCID @ LANL app, and a librarian will help you sign up for an account. ORCID creates a unique and persistent identifier for you as a researcher and author. It helps make your research/publications easier to find and distinguishes you from other authors who share your name.Your ORCiD record is owned and managed solely by you and you have full control over these integrations, but in order to maximise their benefit and reduce data entry and duplication of effort, you’ll need to activate them through ORCiD @ LANL.
If you are interested in learning more about open access, you can visit our OA page and our open access research guide.