The international Open Access Week (24 – 28 Oct 2016) is now in its eighth year. It is a global event that creates opportunities “for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research*”.

This year’s theme is “Open in Action”, which is all about taking concrete steps in opening up research and encouraging others to do the same. CIAT – a center committed to opening up its research outputs to ensure that they lead to the broadest possible impact and use – will be focusing on giving practical advice on selected themes that a relevant to opening up research.

The main activity this year will be a Seminar hosted at CIAT headquarters on Thursday 27th October at 2:00 pm in the Africa room. The seminar will focus on the following key topics:

  • Open access publishing at CIAT – Information and practical advice on things to do when publishing in OA.
  • Data publishing overview – Where and how to publish research data.
  • Data publishing in Practice – Experience with the biodiversity data publishing workflow.
  • Monitoring of open research outputs – CCAFS Data Management Strategy Experience.

Other activities in CIAT during Open Access Week will be:

  • Publication of an OAWeek Blog post series that will include subjects that the Data, Information and Knowledge Group would like to highlight, such as: the October CIAT Research Online Newsletter, Practical Open Access steps, Tracking of Impact, Predatory journals and how to avoid them and how to publish data.
  • A webinar on how to use the “Web of science”. This will be hosted in Spanish on the 24th of Oct at 2 pm by staff from Thomson Reuters.  To participate in the webinar, please fill out this form.

For our staff in the regions or those who prefer to have materials in English please use the following video tutorials provided by Thomson Reuters and you can also register for a number of ongoing webinars in English at your own convenience.

If you work in CIAT and want to know more about Data and Information Management, visit our webpage on CIATNet and find how appropriate data and information management helps researchers to advance and reach new results.

(*http://openaccessweek.org/page/about)

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