Open Access 2023


International Open Access Week Colloquium - 24 October 2023

Theme: Community over Commercialisation
This year’s theme encourages a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritise the best interests of the public and the academic community, and which do not.

Purpose of this colloquium:
International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixteenth year, is an opportunity for open access advocates to engage the research communities to inform them about the potential benefits of Open Access, share what they have learned with colleagues, and help inspire more involvement in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Hybrid Colloquium: Vanderbijlpark Campus – Samancor Auditorium and Virtual (MS Teams).

Programme Director: Prof Gustav Butler - Director UPSET Research Area; Faculty of Humanities.

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Programme: 24 October 2023


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11:00 - 11:05 Welcoming and Introductory remarks
Dr Mathew Moyo, Chief Director: Library and Information Service, NWU
11:05 - 11:20 Opening address
Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, NWU
11:20 - 11:35 The power and principles of open research data
Dr Tiyani Mabunda, Associate Director: Research and Learning Services, WITS
11:35 – 11:50

Community over Commercialisation: Benefits of Open Access
Prof Sipho Kwatubana, Associate Professor: School of Professional Studies in Education, NWU

11:50 - 12:05 Renewable Assessment as an Open Educational Resource
Prof Dorothy Laubscher, UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and OER, NWU
12:05 - 12:20 Blending digital and human capabilities for Open Science at a university library
Prof Mpho Ngoepe, Executive Director: Library and Information Services, UNISA
12:20 - 12:35 Q&A session
Prof Washington Dudu, Deputy Dean: Research and Innovation, Faculty of Education, NWU
12:35 - 12:40 Closing remarks
Dr Sabelo Chizwina, Director: Information and Learning Services, NWU


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