Open Access

Open Access Week is an international event organized by SPARC that aims to raise awareness and encourage greater participation in making open access a new means of disseminating scholarship.


  • Increase the visibility and impact of your research

    Open access is revolutionizing how scholarly research is disseminated. Scholars supporting open access benefit from greater visibility, which can, in turn, increase the impact of their research. Learn of different initiatives at uOttawa to assist you in extending the reach of your research.

    • Bilingual workshop for professors
      Thursday, November 1st from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
      Vanier Hall, room 1042

    Register here (via the Centre for Academic Leadership's Web site)


  • Panel discussion to launch Open Access Week

    Join the online discussion for this webcast presented by SPARC and the World Bank.

    • Monday, October 22 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Webcasts offered by Athabasca University

    The complete schedule of webcasts offered by Athabasca University is available on their open access Web site.

    • From Monday, October 22 to Friday, October 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern

University initiatives

  • Institutional repository

    uO Research's goal is to collect, preserve and provide free and open access to research created by faculty members, researchers and graduate students. Worth noting, more than 1,200 graduate students have deposited their thesis since the launch of electronic theses in January 2011.

Open access news

Videos and resources


  • Mona Nemer, Vice-President, Research
    Presentation on the University's initiatives and on open access advantages produced by SPARC for Open Access Week 2010.

  • An Intro to Open Access
    Short video showcasing the advantages of open access publishing produced by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries

  • Open Access 101
    Video describing the rationale for open access and how to support this initiative. Produced by SPARC.

  • Open access described by André Brown, graduate student
    A graduate student's perspective on the merits of open access.

  • RiP! A Remix Manifesto
    Join filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup artist Girl Talk as they explore copyright and content creation in the digital age.

Web sites

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Last update 2012.10.17