Advancing Open is a highly anticipated event happening at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) downtown campus located in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 6th and May 7th, 2019.


This upcoming event is being organized by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) Open Repositories Working Group (and led by its Community-Building and Engagement Task Group).


It is an opportunity for all Canadian academic library scholarly communication practitioners and its community to gather, share and exchange ideas about new strategies, methods and resources across a variety of different avenues in order to advance open access and foster open scholarship throughout Canada.


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In celebration of open access and its global impact for over a decade, UBC and SFU will be participating in the 2018 International Open Access Week event during October 22-28, 2018.


Throughout UBC’s 2018 Open Access Week event, scholars will showcase and discuss their innovative research, teaching and learning skills and experiences while inspiring others to learn more and get involved with the global open access movement. These events will highlight the various opportunities and pathways enabling open scholarship for researchers at UBC and beyond.


Similar to past UBC Open Access Week events, this year will include free lectures, workshops, a panel discussion with a Q&A session, seminars, and symposia for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Topical and timely issues will include the following ones to list just a few:


  • new challenges faced by practitioners and stakeholders
  • developing a scholarly/publishing profile
  • applying Creative Commons licenses to your work
  • navigating the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR)
  • discovering Open Educational Resources (OER)


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Register Now for the Next Open Scholarship in Practice Day – May 2

Open scholarship, which encompasses open science, open access, open data, open education, and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment, is transforming how knowledge is created and shared.
Join us for a full day of workshops exploring the practice of open scholarship – from new tools that can increase the reproducibility of research, to new pedagogies that become possible when students and faculty become co-creators engaged in generative knowledge creation. Hear from UBC colleagues who are incorporating “openness” in innovative ways to enhance teaching, research, and public impact.
Featured sessions include:

  • hands-on training for tools such as Open Science Framework, GitHub, WeBwork, Pressbooks
  • next steps in Canada’s Tri-Council Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management
  • faculty lightning talks on open education tools and practices at UBC.

Eric Eich, Vice Provost and Associate VP Academic and Jason Pither, Associate Professor of Biology at UBC Okanagan, are among those leading UBC’s efforts towards a more open research culture. “There’s clearly a huge appetite among UBC researchers to learn how to ensure their work is reproducible, transparent, and open. We’re excited about all the initiatives surrounding open scholarship at UBC, and look forward to describing some of these efforts to the UBC community.”

Christina Hendricks, Deputy Academic Director of CTLT adds that open education “activities have the potential to engage students more in what they’re doing, and also thereby help promote deeper learning, since their work will have more lasting and widespread value.”

The event will be held May 2, 9am-4pm at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. All events are free and open to all but registration is required. Lunch and coffee breaks provided. The full program with registration links is available at Space is limited so register by April 25th.



This year’s theme, “Open for Collaboration”, set by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) for its 8th International Open Access Week will be held on October 19-25, 2015.

“The energy that’s generated when smart, committed people work together on issues they care deeply about is palpable,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. “This year’s Open Access Week gives us the opportunity to highlight examples of that energy in action – and to create opportunities for new partnerships to be forged.”

Key highlights of the “Open for Collaboration” theme for 2015 are as follows:

• Emphasize the ways Open Access enables new avenues for collaboration between scholars by making research available to any potential collaborator, anywhere, any time
• Explore how cooperation between stakeholder communities helps to set the default to open for scholarly communication
• Provide an opportunity for Open Access supporters to consider working with those in similar, allied movements for Open Data and Open Education to advance common goals more quickly

In ongoing support of this global event, UBC has held its Open UBC Week (formerly Open Access Week) events annually since 2008 with last year`s Open UBC Week 2014 event marked as “the most successful one to date”.

Stay tuned for more Open UBC Week 2015 news!

Above partial text excerpts are courtesy of SPARC | Above photo courtesy of Ideas | Digital Transformations

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:

@ In the world ranking of all *institutional* repositories, cIRcle is ranked at number 44 as listed at:

@ 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:

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:

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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