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Open Access (OA) Week 2019: Home

Celebrate international Open Access (OA) Week, October 21 - 25, 2019.

What is Open Access Week?

At CU Boulder, Open Access Week is an opportunity to come together through a variety of events and activities in order to discuss the ways in which our community can make its scholarship more equitable and more open to the world. International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its twelfth year, is an opportunity for open access advocates to engage their communities to teach them about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research (SPARC).

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Why Open Access?

Research advances through the successful communication of results. Yet, too often, research results are not available to the full community of potential scholars because of cost barriers or use restrictions, which keep information behind expensive and inequitable paywalls. This has resulted in a call for a new framework to allow research results to be more easily accessed and used — the call for Open Access. (Fact sheet)

Quick Guide to Open Access Week 2019 @ CU Boulder


The University Libraries is offering several hand-on trainings to learn more about how to use open source software, tools, and resources. Open source has many advantages, including being free to access and use, and often having a thriving and supportive community of practice. Come learn more!

Open Access Artistic Interpretations Installations

Six CU Boulder students and faculty were selected to create an artistic and/or expressive interpretation of a theme related to open access. These creations are being displayed in locations across the CU Boulder campus for the duration of Open Access Week. There is an artistic installation in each of the following venues: Norlin Library, ATLAS, the Recreation Center, Gemmill Library, the Engineering Center, and SEEC.

Open Access Week Artists' Reception

Center for British and Irish Studies, Norlin Library 5th floor (map)

This CU Boulder community event will feature food and lively conversation, along with presentations by our “Open Access: Artistic Interpretations” artists and remarks by Magnolia Landa-Posas, Community Engagement Manager for the Just Transition Collaborative. No matter your current level of knowledge or participation, this event seeks to establish our common goal of breaking down barriers to accessing scholarship, and to celebrate the artists who have interpreted the various ways of engaging in that endeavor. Come enjoy refreshments, art, and conversation!