OAlogoOpen Access Week is now in its ninth year and this year takes place from 24-30th October 2016. The Open Access website states that it “is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access (OA), to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research” (http://openaccessweek.org/page/about)

Bangor University will be celebrating Open Access Week with the following events:

24th October 2-4pm:  Open event on Sensitive Research Data

Guest speakers: Professor Mark Elliot, Professor of Data Science, Manchester University and UK Anonymisation Network (via videoconference)

Dr Catrin Tudur Smith, Reader in Medical Statistics, Liverpool University, title of talk: Good practice principles for sharing individual participant data from publicly funded clinical trials.

All are welcome to attend. To book a place email c.a.roberts@bangor.ac.uk

25th October 2-3pm: Postgraduate training session on Open Access Publishing

Covers the principles of open access publishing, funder requirements, and how to make your articles open access at Bangor. Internal Bangor event.

26th October: Staff training session: REF and Open Access

This session will detail the requirements for Open Access and the next REF to ensure eligibility of outputs for submission using the University’s Research Information Management system, PURE. Internal Bangor event.

Cardiff University will be running a series of pop-up events in key University locations, and visiting academic Schools to promote Open Access. They have designed posters, banners and slides for the plasma screens to support the campaign, and will be running a competition with the theme “Open in Action”.  Entrants will be able to nominate themselves or a colleague with a brief sentence on what they have been doing to promote OA / become more OA. The 3 competition prizes will be a £10 Costa Coffee voucher each and a hand-knitted Dragon (1x each of gold, green, and diamond) donated by our Cardiff University Press Executive Officer. The diamond dragon represents the OA diamond model adopted for journals published by our Press http://cardiffuniversitypress.org/ A timetable of the events can be accessed here

Aberystwyth University are offering open access drop in sessions for asking questions and resolving queries based on the Open Access Week theme of “Open in Action”. They are also running a PURE Training and refresher session showing how to enter details on to Aberystwyth University’s Current Research Information System (CRIS). Full details of their programme can be accessed here.