Above image is courtesy of the International Open Access Week site


This year’s 2019 International Open Access Week theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” as recently announced by the 2019 Open Access Week Advisory Committee


The International Open Access Week – happening on October 21-27, 2019 – provides an opportunity for all “to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives”, as per SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).


Building on last year’s theme, “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge,” this year’s theme will focus on answering the following questions:


  • Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support?


  • Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning?


  • Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication?



Learn more about open access at UBC and beyond via the following ways:


Check out the UBC Library’s Open Access page in the coming months


Visit the open.ubc.ca site for more Open Access resources


View and download 70 Open Access Week items in cIRcle








It’s hard to believe that Open UBC 2012 is over! This year marked the first time Open UBC was celebrated in conjunction with UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week. In its tradition, Open UBC did not disappoint. Here are some memorable quotes from Open UBC 2012 and a few highlights of International Open Access Week 2012:

Open UBC 2012 at UBC:  
- A “utopia” vision for open access (Dieter Stein – Open science theme)
- “I want my lectures to be set free – and really open!” (Jon Beasley Murray – Open education theme)
- ‘[P]rojected change in catch potential in 50 years – no whales, penguins, krill and other species will be gone’ (Daniel Pauly – Open science theme)
- “I am the perfect poster child for bugs mistakes things that don’t work out so open science!” (Rosie Redfield – Open science theme)
- ‘Band members can access and use materials for research with research permit & applications – allows control of what/how can be used’ (Jason Woolman – Open access and the arts theme)
- “The status quo isn’t the only way to disseminate research.” (Heather Piwowar – Open science theme)


Open UBC 2012 presentations and various webcasts are coming soon to cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository!

Open Access Week 2012 at large:
- “Open Access Explained!” video [ http://www.openaccessweek.org/video/open-access-explained ]
- Peter Suber released a new book on Open Access [ http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/open-access ]
- A new digital publication, Open Access Now, was launched [ http://digital-scholarship.org/digitalkoans/2012/10/22/open-access-now-launched/ ]
- Splendid #Repository Stuff” for #OpenAccess Week [ http://www.openaccessweek.org/profiles/blogs/splendid-stuff-for-open-access-week-letters-from-the-smithsonian ]


Did you know?

The 2011 issues of the annual Sea Around Us Project Newsletter are available in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/41119. It has been accessed from all over the globe, for example, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Columbia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Jamaica, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United States of America.

Above image is courtesy of UBC Library

Open UBC is held in conjunction with the International Open Access Week, which encourages the academic community to come together to share and learn about open scholarship initiatives locally and worldwide. Two days of diverse events will highlight areas of open scholarship that UBC’s researchers, faculty, students and staff will participate in as well as guests from the global community.

Themes will include: open education, open research, open access in the arts, open science, open data, and altmetrics (alternative metrics). All of these events are FREE and open to the public, students, faculty, staff and schools. This year’s Open UBC events will be held October 31 to November 1, 2012, in conjunction with UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week. All sessions will be held in the Lillooet Room (301), of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC unless otherwise stated.

Full schedule of Open UBC events at: http://scholcomm.ubc.ca/events/oaweek/schedule-at-a-glance-2012/.

Did you know?

Open UBC (formerly “Open Access Week” – OAW) events are archived in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/2689. Past event topics included “Canadian research libraries”, “Creative Commons licenses”, “Electronic archiving”, “Electronic publishing”,  “[the] Public Knowledge Project”, “Research grant agencies”, “[Author] Rights retention”, “Scholarly communication”, “University-based research” and more.

Above images are courtesy of Jessica Woolman, Web Communications Coordinator, Communications & Marketing Office, UBC Library

Who will be the next Innovative Dissemination of Research Award winner for 2013? Nominations are now open and the application deadline is on Monday, November 26, 2012 by 5pm.

In its third year, this award (established by the UBC Library in 2010) focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge. It honours UBC faculty, staff and students who are employing innovative approaches to research dissemination through the creative use of new tools and technologies.

The award winner will be formally recognized at the annual Celebrate Research Week gala held in March. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize and a framed certificate.

Could this year’s Innovative Dissemination of Research Award be presented to you or someone you know?

Visit the Scholarly Communications @ UBC website to learn more about the award eligibility criteria, past award winners and honourable mentions at: http://scholcomm.ubc.ca/award/. And, visit cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/33850 to see which previous award honourable mention has collectively received 600+ views to date.

Did You Know?

The 2012 Innovative Dissemination of Research Award winner (Dr. Daniel Pauly and his team for The Sea Around Us Project) is one of the keynote speakers showcasing their work at the Open UBC event on Thursday, November 1st at 1pm. Open UBC events are FREE and open to the public, students, faculty, staff and schools. Learn more about Open UBC at: http://scholcomm.ubc.ca/events/oaweek/.

Above image is courtesy of UBC Library’s Photostream on Flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubclibrary/4093904130/in/set-72157594487219892.


Since the webometrics’ (the Ranking Web of Repositories) university and institutional repository (IR) rankings back in April 2010, cIRcle has continued to be a growing force in the Open Access movement among its national and international contemporaries.

It boasts over 41,000 full-text items, indexed by Google, Google Scholar and other web search engines and is accessed from far-flung corners of the world. The breadth of scholarly materials ranges from conference and workshop papers to journal articles, technical reports, graduating and honours essays to current and historical theses and dissertations, books, webcasts, podcasts, learning objects, and more.

By the numbers, here is a snapshot of cIRcle according to webometrics:

@ In the world ranking of *all* repositories, cIRcle is ranked at number 53 as seen at: http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/world

@ In the world ranking of all *institutional* repositories, cIRcle is ranked at number 44 as listed at: http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/top_Inst

@ Ranked at 1st in Canada (followed by the University of Toronto (T-Space) in 2nd place and York University (YorkSpace) in 3rd place according to webometrics shown at:http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/North_america/Canada

To learn more about cIRcle such as, “What is cIRcle?”, “Why use cIRcle?”, “Who’s contributing to cIRcle?” and how you can get involved with cIRcle, visit cIRcle at: http://circle.sites.olt.ubc.ca/about-circle/.

Did You Know?

UBC faculty, students, staff and invited guests participate in the open access movement by showcasing their scholarly research during Open UBC (formerly Open Access Week) held annually at UBC Vancouver and at UBC Okanagan. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Open UBC 2012 event schedule!

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