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

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