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Celebrate Open Access Week

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Open Access Week

International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions, and organizations across the world. This year’s theme is Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge, which reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. This year’s Open Access Week invites all interested stakeholders to participate in advancing this important work.

Established by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. 

Open Access Week events

Join SFU Library during Open Access Week 2019 from October 21st to 27th for a series of events focused on learning more about and celebrating working in the open. 

Publishing Symposium

Are you interested in publishing your academic work, extending the reach of your research, and developing your online presence? The day includes three workshops which will give you everything you need to prepare to publish and share the word about your research.

Preparing to Publish
This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

Who is looking at your research and how can you measure it?
Find out more about research impact – what it is, how to measure it and how to leverage it.

Raising Your Online Research Profile
This workshop will look at the big picture and context for developing your online academic narrative: why do you want a research profile? How do you get your work out there? The workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to tools for privacy, social media, and auditing and building your online academic portfolio.

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Can We Decolonize Open? An Open Access Week Event

Join Langara, Kwantlen, BCIT, SFU, and UBC for an exciting half-day celebration of Open Access Week (Oct 21-27, 2019). This year’s theme from SPARC is Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge. Our keynote speaker, Jessie Loyer, will explore this question alongside participants through the lens of decolonization. The conversation will continue with local panelists engaged in open knowledge work.

Summary of Jessie's talk

Sometimes when folks are in the midst of a monumental, feel-good shift, they fail to realize who has been excluded from that space. Librarians and scholars have been advocating the ideals of open access for many years and have seen the exciting changes the movement creates for public knowledge. Yet we rarely think about whose voices are absent and the structures of power that limit this project. Together, we’ll query our positionality in these spaces, and consider how the politics of refusal and an ethic of care might intersect to complicate the open access movement, potentially creating futurities of reciprocity. If rethought as a tool of resurgence, open access can support justice.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of our partner BCcampus. All are welcome.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4pm Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond BC; Wilson School of Design, room 4900

Open Science Workshops

While 'open access' has traditionally referred to making research products such as articles, books, and research data freely available online, the focus of 'open science' could be seen as a more general stance. Open science is about sharing research findings and knowledge with the online world through the mechanism of open access, but it is also about opening up the process of discovery itself: from making available lab notebooks and code, to introducing interactivity between the public and the constructive ingredients of research itself. The two workshops below will give you an introduction to tools that can help you make your research processes more collaborative and open. 

Jupyter notebook: An Introduction to Interactive Reproducible Research

A Jupyter notebook is an application which can be used to produce interactive computational narratives containing code (e.g., R, Python, Julia) and formatted text (e.g., paragraphs, formulas). Jupyter notebooks are a powerful open source tool for scientific computing and can be used to clean, visualize and analyze data as well as showcase models and simulations, while also facilitating sharing results with the scientific community.

By the end of this workshop you will be familiar with the Jupyter environment and will be able to define, test and run functions, run a Python-based simulation and create an interactive narrative which can be shared with colleagues.  


  • Bring your own laptop
  • Comfort with Python programming language (or other programming languages)
  • Install Python 3.7 and Jupyter notebooks (the easiest way is via Anaconda

Required libraries

  • pandas
  • numpy
  • matplotlib

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pmBurnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

10 Principles of Reproducible Research: The Hands-on R Edition

Do you spend too much time re-running analyses? Did you ever have trouble regenerating a figure or result from a previous analysis? This session is for you!

In this workshop, we will explore 10 principles that you can follow to elevate your research to the next level in terms of reproducibility. Equipped with these principles, you and others will spend less time re-running your analyses. We will apply these principles in real time to a toy R project that we will start from scratch. Topics will include R, RStudio, Git/GitHub, R Markdown/Notebooks, Conda/Bioconda, and open research.

Prerequisite Knowledge:

In order to get the most out of the hands-on demos, you need to be familiar with R. That being said, the principles are certainly generalizable to other programming languages like Python, so you can still join us to learn the concepts.

Software Requirements:

Create a account if you don't already have one. If you already have one, confirm that you can log in.

Please have a recent version of R installed (version 3.1.2 or later). You can check your R version by running "R.version.string" at the R console. Install the tidyverse, knitr and rmarkdown R packages using the following command:

install.packages(c("tidyverse", "knitr", "rmarkdown"))

Optional: Install Miniconda to follow along one of the hands-on demos, but it is not strictly necessary. Windows users would also benefit from installing Git for Windows.

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons


October 21 - 27

Contact for further information

Ali Moore,