The University of Antwerp has a long tradition when it comes to Open Access. In 2007 the Berlin Declaration on Open Access was signed by the then rector prof Francis van Loon, in 2008 an institutional repository was established and in 2014 an Open Access policy was approved by the board of directors.
Still, for many researchers the implications of Open Access requirements are unclear and they do not fully realize how they can integrate these requirements with their funding and publication strategies and how these obligations might be interconnected with other challenges such as privacy regulations and data management plans.
Therefore and for the fourth time awareness raising events are organized during the open access week. This year we will focus less on publications and more on Open Data and Open Science. Information specialists and researchers will explain how research data can be managed, shared and used from an Open Science perspective.
In addition, students from the Faculty of Law are organizing the open access student event ‘Be an agent of change!’ – your chance to learn all about this global movement that allows you to have access to academic publications, get a pass on your assignments and be part of a global movement striving for free and unrestricted online access to research outputs.
The full program is available at https://www.uantwerpen.be/open-access-week-2021
Cover: Rudi Baccarne, Repository Manager and organiser of UAntwerp’s Open Access week