Open Access 2019


NWU Presents Open Access Week 2019

Research constantly creates new information and knowledge. The results are widely published in journals, conference proceedings and reports to name a few and the web affords new forums for its communication.

Since the first statements regarding open access (OA) - the Budapest Open Access Initiative in February 2002 and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities - October 2003 open access has been the subject of discussion between academics, librarians, government and publishers.

OA content is online, freely accessible and encourage free exchange of knowledge and resources to widen access that might encourage creativity and also allow others to re-use the research. Anyone can benefit from wider access to research.

OA journals has become a recognised part of the scholarly communication landscape. Learning about OA will help you make informed choices about where to publish your work.  With the rising journal costs and constrained library budgets we need to consider alternatives to display research results. Benefits of OA to researchers include for example, helping to provide evidence for impact and improved reputation for researchers and their host institution through increased citations.

Programme for the week: 21 - 27 October 2019


Monday 21 October 2019



Launch at NWU Potchefstroom Campus
Venue: Ferdinand Postma Library, Besembos
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10:00 - 10:45 Welcome: Dr Mathew Moyo -  Chief Director Library & Information Service

Official opening - Prof Nnenesi Kgabi
Director: Institutional Office Research Support

Dr Pierre de Villiers - Managing Director: AOSIS
The Current State of Open Access Scholarly Publishing: Progress and Challenges [Presentation]

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10:45 - 11:15

Prof Andries van Aarde - Acquisitions Editor: AOASIS
Open Access Books in the Humanities - their Value, Opportunities and the Role of Peer Review [Presentation]

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11:15 - 11:45

Prof Jako Olivier - UNESCO Chair (NWU)
Towards lingual equity: the language of open knowledge [Presentation]

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11:45 - 12:30

Me Valencia Wagner - SADILaR
CATMA: An open source application to do research on texts [Presentation]


Vote of thanks: Me Erika Rood

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12:30 - 13:00 Refreshments
RSVP Helet Swanepoel (Tel. 018 299 2000) on or before 14 October 2019


Wednesday 23 October 2019


  NWU Vanderbijlpark Library
Venue: Room 10

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10:00 - 10:15

Welcome: Mrs Hendra Pretorius

10:15 - 11:00

Dr Ruth Aluko - Unit for Distance Education  - University of Pretoria
Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge

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11:00 - 11:45

Prof Verona Leendertz & Dr Clarise Mostert
Incorporating Open Education Resources from OER within a Business Management Module at NWU

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11:45 - 12:00 Vote of thanks: Dr Marieta Jansen van Vuuren


Thursday 24 October 2019


  NWU Mahikeng Library
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10:00 - 10:15

Welcome: Mr Siviwe Bangani: Manager Information Services

10:15 - 10:45 

Prof Simeon Materechera - IKS
Can open access enhance access to indigenous knowledge?

10:50 - 11:20

Prof Mpine Makoe - UNISA
The role of Open Educational Resources in ensuring equity to knowledge


Vote of thanks: Me Glenda Makate

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