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Open Access Week – Open in Practice

By Kirsty, on 25 October 2021

For Open Access Week this year we are going to be focusing on the practical side of Open. More than just publications, it is important that we realise that Open applies to much more.
During the week we’ve got a series of blog posts coming up looking deeper at the new UKRI policy, at Open Licensing, at the decision to open up older content and culminating in a celebration of services that support Open at UCL. We also have three events coming up this week:

  • On Tuesday, our first event is all about the new UKRI policy, talking about how it affects you and the routes to remaining compliant across both articles and books.
  • The second event on Wednesday is all about the new e-Textbooks project from UCL Press. Back in March, we hosted an event discussing the e-books pricing crisis and this webinar will describe the steps UCL Press is taking to address these issues, initially for our academics, and then later, for the wider community.
  • Finally, we will be shifting the focus to Open Data and Open Code with a panel discussion hosted by colleagues in the eResearch domain. On Thursday there will be a discussion of Opening data & code with a focus on ‘Who is your audience?‘ featuring academics from across UCL, including Geography, Archaeology and the Energy Institute as well as internal experts on data and code management and sharing.

The practicalities behind making research open have always been second to advocacy and awareness, but we need to make sure that we share the practicalities too. In this post we are going to be collating advice from across the board and we hope that between the posts this week and our events you will get some new ideas, or have some new questions!

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