October 19 marks the beginning of Open Access week, a global celebration of the principle of Open Access. The week provides an opportunity to expand awareness about the Open Access movement and its goal of making research results immediately and freely available online.
Numerous organizations around the world, including here in Texas, are hosting events and presentations designed to promote Open Access and inspire their constituencies to use the power of the Web to increase access to scholarship.
The event, lasting October 19-23, is the first international Open Access Week, though it builds on past Open Access Day celebrations, which began in 2007. It is sponsored by a number of organizations, including SPARC, PLOS, and Students for Free Culture.
The Texas Digital Library supports Open Access by providing tools for Texas scholars that encourage the free and open publication of their research. Those tools include institutional repositories, where scholars can self-archive their work, as well as open access electronic journals, blogs, and wikis.
Additionally, several TDL member institutions, including Baylor University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Houston, are hosting events, such as presentations on electronic journals and Creative Commons licensing.