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Open Access Week 2013 Starts Today

Here at ProfHacker we’ve published many posts about open access, “the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need.”

This has turned into an even more important issue for me as I become more and more involved in efforts to make scholarly resources more accessible to people with disabilities: if your latest [scholarly article | book | digital project | what-have-you] is available in an open access venue (and licensed for re-use) then it’s much, much easier for someone like me to take your scholarship and convert it into a digital braille file (to take one example), or to add captions to your videos (to take another), or to add access keys to a complex hypertext project (to take yet another).

This week is Open Access Week 2013, “a global event promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.” Check out the Open Access Week site for a schedule of events taking place worldwide, a variety of blog posts, a selection of videos, and some ideas for how to get involved (at the bottom of this page). If you’re on Twitter, look for the #OAW2013 hashtag.

Is your campus hosting any Open Access Week events? Is this an important issue for you, your colleagues, or your students? Let us know in comments!

[Creative Commons-licensed photo by Paul Stainthorp.]

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