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OA week is over for 2015: what's next?

5 days of frenetic  #OAweek activity and then OA can go back in the closet for the rest of the year? That doesn't seem a good use of the momentum that the week generates. Below are some snapshots of the week and some thoughts for what's next. There is a lot more on the OATP. Did we miss anything important? Let us know

OA events in Australia and New Zealand


A lot went on in #OAweek
 across the region - much of which was compiled here before the week started. 
Highlights included the Tuesday NZ/AU tweetchat - see tweet reach analysis, above, There was good discussion, including how the timing of the event works (or doesn't) in this part of the world.
The Brisbane tri-university event on Back to the Future day was, as  Sue Hutley from QUT noted, extremely eclectic, with examples of best practice in "openness" being shared across disciplines. And that seemed like a particularly important theme overall.

UTS had a blog updated each day of OA week Other events to highlight (not already on the AOASG page) were Charles Darwin University's event which included Professor Lawrence Cram, Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Research Training and Georgina Taylor, Co-lead, Open Access Button - as well as the presentation of an OA prize.
In support of Open Access Week the University of Newcastle Library offered UON staff and RHD students the chance to win an iPad. Simply by submitting a copy of their full-text, peer-reviewed manuscript (Final accepted version) to the NOVA repository during the promotion period they were entered into the iPad draw. All entrants also received a free coffee. The promotion was well received by current repository users as well as encouraging new open access supporters (approximately 25% of entrants this year had not previously archived).
The University of Queensland had librarians fanning out across the university to talk to researchers about OA in an OA Awareness campaign. And UWA library did a set of tweets of OA facts

OA videos and audio


If you haven't already seen them - take a look at  these videos produced for OA week from Griffith UniversityUWA Curtin Library. All are also listed on the AOASG video page. You can also listen to Designing for serendipity on ABC RN and how OA fits in.

Open Science Prize Announced

Big news of the week was that the Wellcome Trust has teamed up with the US National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to launch a new prize that will seek to unleash the power of open content and data to advance research and its application for health benefit. The prizes are substantial and are specifically aimed at stimulating international collaboration. Closing date Feb 29 (yes, it's a leap year) 2016.

Australasian Open Research Video Competition


Our OA week competition was to partner with thinkable on a competition to highlight OA work.   The Australasian Open Research Video Competition will showcase the best video abstracts, as voted by the community. It is open to any researcher based in Australia or New Zealand, of work published in an open access journal or which is made freely available via an open access repository. The competition is open for submissions for another month - so get making your video.

Open Access roundups

In addition to the OA events from across across the world, there were some good roundups of the  history and state of play in OA notably from - Creative Commons Aotearoa, JISC in the UK, and also in the UK, the Wellcome Trust produced a timeline of its 10 years in OA - and released the code so anyone can use it. Stephen Pinfield reflected on the State of OA in 18 Statements  Suber posted his suggested readings for OA week

 New resources for Open Access

Creative Commons Australia produced a handy new resource on CC licenses "Know your rights". Pasteur4OA project produced a set of OA advocacy resourcesORCID officially partnered with OA week and had some new graphics to link the two. SPARC launched an OA Spectrum Evaluation tool which quantitatively scores journals' degrees of openness.

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