by Elizabeth Heritage

It hardly seems like a year since Open Access Week 2014 — which means I must now have been at Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand for just over a year! Running NZCommons during Open Access Week 2014 was one of my first jobs when I started. I started a learning curve then that is still going up and up!

Today’s the first day of Open Access Week 2015 so here’s some great reading and viewing from around the world to get you started:

The battle for Open Access is far from over” by Ginny Balbour

Join in the Wikipedia Open Access Edit-a-thon

Watch this handy video from UWA Library wherein researchers share their experience with OA

For the science-minded among you, get involved with some of the cool stuff PLOS has going on, including an AMA on Reddit

Our friends at the Australian Open Access Support Group have put together a useful list of events in Australia and New Zealand. Here are some of the local ones:

Lincoln University

OAweek tweetchat in AU/NZ
Tuesday 20th Oct, 2pm New Zealand time (on hashtags #OAWeek #AOASG)
Twitter chat on all things Open Access in Australia and New Zealand – follow and/or join in!

Thursday 22 October, 3:30 – 4:30 Great Debate: “It’s on the internet, I can use it” Livestreaming:

University of Otago

Launch of Otago Open Access Publishing survey

Tuesday 20 October How to do Guerilla GLAM 3pm Central Library (and remote access)

Wednesday 21 October Being open – Journals, OERs, Creative Commons, and more  1pm Science Library Seminar Room

Friday 23 October Being open – ORCID, Figshare, Creative Commons, and more 1pm Hunter Centre G30a

More details here:

What events or activities are you running? Let us know!

A Quiet Revolution – Open Access in Aotearoa

Our forthcoming book, A Quiet Revolution: Growing Creative Commons in Aotearoa New Zealand, features a new essay on the rise of Open Access in Aotearoa, plus case studies from around the country. It will be published as an ebook later this year, but we’d love to be able to make a small print run as well. To that end, we’re running a crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe. Pledging $25 or more is the only way to get your hands on a print copy – complete with your name gracing the acknowledgements pages! Thank you so much to everyone who has already pledged.

Happy Open Access Week!

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