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October 24, 2022

Discover Open Access Week 2022: Open for climate justice

This week we are celebrating International Open Access Week! This event is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Open access helps to make valuable research, data and insights more accessible not only to other researchers but to the world in general. This year the focus is on climate justice, encouraging connection and collaboration among the global climate movement and the open access community. Sharing knowledge is a human right, and tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic and disciplinary boundaries. 

If you are interested in learning more, Open Access Australasia has developed an informative series of free webinars and online events. You can register via the links below!

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Open Access Week events

Climate injustice in the Pacific: how can open sciences support vulnerable communities?

We know that the effects of climate change are felt unequally in the countries of the Asia Pacific region. This session will explore the role of open science in mitigating climate change. What action is required?

When: Tuesday 25 October, 12pm AEDT
Register here

How the Open Landscape shifted in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in 2022

It’s been (another) big year in open access and open research. This session will take us on a rapid tour of some of the most consequential updates from a diverse group of individuals and organisations from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

When: Tuesday 25 October, 2pm AEDT
Register here

The double edged sword of openness in climate science

Climate science research produces huge amounts of data that are critical for our understanding of climate change. But making all this research, especially the underlying data, open is not trivial and can be weaponised. This session will explore how data can be made open in a way that ensures its responsible use.

When: Wednesday 26 October, 12pm AEDT
Register here

Look at the Evidence: Climate Journalism and Open Science

This panel webinar will delve into the intersections between climate journalism, open science, and climate justice. Through conversations with experts, we will explore the importance of journalism in raising awareness of the climate crisis. We will also highlight the role that open science – including open data and open access publications – plays in supporting this important work.

When: 2pm AEDT
Register here

Moving past open access myths: let’s get controversial

We have moved past OA myths. Everyone understands now that having your work free-to-read means your work will have more impact, right? Let’s get into the real issues of 2022: why can no-one agree about preprints? What about open peer review? Is paid OA the way of the future? Join us for a provocative panel postulating on all this and more.

Thursday 27 October, 12pm AEDT
Register here

All together now: Citizen Science and Climate Justice

Join our panel as they explore how citizen science supports climate justice. Hear researchers involved with citizen science projects discuss their work and the importance of community engagement in climate science. We will learn how such projects can raise awareness of the climate crisis and support calls to action.

When: Thursday 27 October, 2pm AEDT
Register here

Real world impacts: how does open access tackle climate (in)justice?

Climate (in)justice is ongoing, the climate emergency unrepentant. In this panel we explore how actions and activists might be better informed and empowered if access to climate science was open and accessible.

When: Friday 28 October, 12pm AEDT
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Wikimedia collaborations for climate research knowledge sharing

Wikipedia, Wikidata and other Wikimedia platforms are a major source of open knowledge on climate change and environmental issues. The accuracy of this information is therefore highly impactful. Join us for a discussion of how teamwork self-organises within these projects and how research and outreach collaborations are formed with the broader knowledge ecosystem.

When: Friday 28 October, 2pm AEDT
Register here

Explore Deakin’s Open Access Resource Guide

To find out more about accessing open access resources, or making your own research openly accessible, visit Deakin’s Open Access Resource Guide.

You can also explore the vast trove of open access research created at Deakin through Deakin Research Online (DRO)

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