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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. 

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

Register for upcoming workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.


October 21 - 27

Contact for further information

Ali Moore,