Open Access Week: join the discussion

Join us during International Open Access Week, 21–27 October 2019 to consider some of the issues around open access and open data and implications for the university research community.

Open Data Forum

Open data seeks to make data as open as possible and freely available for everyone to use. This is underpinned by the FAIR principles for data stewardship (making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).

  • What are the practical implications, challenges and considerations in relation to creating and working with open data?
  • How do we navigate this landscape and what tools, or systems are there to help us? 

There is also growing pressure from publishers and funders, including the Australian Research Council (ARC) and NHMRC to publish and make FAIR your underpinning research data.

Come along to hear a panel of speakers who will contribute to the discussion around Open and FAIR data by sharing personal insights and broader implications.


  • Dr Siddeswara Guru, Director of Data Science at TERN – Open data : journey, challenges and opportunities
  • Dr Martin Schweinberger, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Languages and Cultures – The replication crisis and HASS: how best practices can assist in producing reliable research. 
  • Dr Heather Stewart, Research Fellow from School of Humanities and Social Sciences  - Sensible approach to sensitive data
  • Mr Stephane Guillou, University Library – Data visualisation

When: Monday 21 October, 9.30-11.30am
Where: IMB Large Seminar Room 3.142, Queensland Bioscience Precinct (Building 80)
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Is open access disrupting the staggeringly profitable business of academic publishing? 

Join colleagues from across The University of Queensland (UQ) during worldwide Open Access Week to explore perspectives around academic publishing and tensions around open access. You can also join the discussion on Twitter using the #UQOAWeek hashtag.

Subscriptions to scholarly journals and electronic resources have been rising at five per cent each year. No one university can afford to subscribe to all published research. Publishers see growing costs as an unavoidable consequence of expanded research output. Many librarians and academic administrators feel a transition to open access journals would mean savings and broader access for all. For researchers, where they publish is key to success. 

UQ faces a staggering increase in the costs of subscriptions for 2020. The University of California (UC) is the most recent and notable in its strong stance in negotiations with publishing giant Elsevier. Over the last couple of years, nationwide consortia in Finland, Germany, Norway, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Sweden have reached impasses with Elsevier similar to UC’s. In addition, 18 European national funding agencies and two major foundations (one in the US) have created Plan S, which requires all research they fund to be published open access by 2021.


  • Professor Mark Blows, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Professor Tim Dunne, Pro-Vice-Chancellor
  • Dr Danny Kingsley, Scholarly Communication Consultant
  • Mr Cooper Smout, UQ PhD candidate running Free Our Knowledge
  • Ms Caroline Williams, University Librarian
  • Chaired by Professor Peter Adams, President, Academic Board

When: Monday 21 October 2019 3–4pm
Where: IMB Large Seminar Room 3.142, Queensland Bioscience Precinct (Building 80)
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ARC and NHMRC Open Access Compliance that Doesn’t Cost a Thing 

Changes in ARC and NHMRC Open Access Policies state that research outputs arising from the projects funded by them must be made openly accessible within 12 months. What does it mean for researchers and how much could it cost? This session will provide answers and show you how to comply without paying unnecessarily.

When: Tuesday 22 October, 2.30-3.30pm
Where: Room 02-D501, Level 5, Duhig Tower (Building 2)
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Join via Zoom


Open Access Pop Up Library

Come along for games and giveaways and to talk about open access. 

When: Thursday 24 October, between 10am and 2pm
Where: Next to the fountain in Campbell Place
No need to register, just come along. 


UQ eSpace Open Access Keyword Map 

Explore the open access publications in eSpace using our Open Access keyword map. Visualise and explore connected keywords and drill down to the related publications.  Read more about the map in our blog post.

When: From now until 5 December 2019 

Social Media 

Join in the conversation on Twitter using Open Access hashtags (#OAWeek, #OA, #oaweek2019, #OpenAccessWeek and #UQOAWeek).

More information

The Library offers a range of services to help you, as a researcher. Contact your liaison librarian for personalised assistance. 


Last updated:
21 October 2019