What researchers should know about Open Access, SANRiC/NeDICC, 20 October 2015

Open Access (OA) seeks to make academic research freely available to everyone regardless of financial or geographic boundaries. Studies have shown a significant increase in citations when research outputs are made openly available. While OA is gaining strength and popularity as a new model for dissemination of information, there are still a number of issues such as pricing models and author’s rights which are not completely resolved.

You are invited to a short seminar on OA co-hosted at the HSRC and CSIR by SANRIC and NeDICC. The seminar, which will take place during OA Week (an international event now in its 8th year) will provide an invaluable chance to connect with the global momentum aimed at the open sharing of information. It is specifically targeted at researchers from South African research institutions but all interested in OA are welcome to attend.

Date: 20 October 2015

Time: 08:00-12:00

Venues: HSRC, Pretoria
                     HSRC, Cape Town
                     HSRC, Durban
                     CSIR Knowledge Commons, Pretoria

Attendance is free of charge however registration is required by Thursday, 15th October 2015. 



08:00–08:30   Registration

08:30–08:40   Welcome and introduction (Dr Martie van Deventer, CSIR)

08:40–09:30   Session 1: Keynote address

Presentation title: To be confirmed (Heather Joseph, SPARC)

09:30–09:50   Session 2: The position of public funders on OA

NRF statement on OA to research publications (Lazarus Matitzirofa, NRF)

09:50–10:10   Tea

10:10–11:30   Session 3: What researchers should know about OA

Article processing charges (Dr Leti Kleyn, UP)

Author’s rights (Denise Nicholson, WITS)

Creative Commons Licensing (Michelle Willmers, UCT)

Open data (Hilton Gibson, SU)

11:30–12:00    Discussion and closure (Segametsi Molawa, HSRC)


About SANRIC: The South African National Research Information Consortium (SANRIC) is a collaborative body which strives, through access to information, to enable and support globally competitive research.

About NeDICC: A network of data and information curation communities. NeDICC aims to promote the development and use of research data and information curation standards and practices to ensure the long term preservation and accessibility of digital research outputs in support of e-Research.