International OA Week 2019

The 2019 Open Access Week Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2019 International Open Access Week, to be held October 21-27, will be “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”.

About International Open Access Week:
International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations across the world, and its organization is led by a global advisory committee. The official hashtag of Open Access Week is #OAweek.

For more information about International Open Access Week, please visit



Distinguish Yourself: ORCID IDs Across Disciplines

Join us for a brown bag lunch session in the University of Victoria McPherson Library, Room 209 REGISTER

Dates and Times:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 between 12:00pm -1:00pm

Monday, October 28, 2019 between 12:00pm -1:00pm

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 between 12:00pm -1:00pm


Open access in the age of surveillance technology: Fighting for ground in the public imagination

Does the influence of surveillance technology in our academic and everyday information practices have any bearing on the open access movement? How might the open access movement fruitfully respond to these issues in ways that deepen its purpose while further serving the academic community and the broader public? In this talk, Dr. Glass will show how the growing dominance of surveillance technology, or technology whose business models are based on monitoring and controlling of user behavior, threatens to exploit and undermine the goals and existing achievements of the open access movement.

Dr. Erin Glass is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at UC San Diego, where she facilitates the Digital Humanities Research Group. Her work focuses on using digital tools and social practices to make education and knowledge production more democratic, collaborative, and publicly engaged.
The talk will be followed by a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Join Matt Huculak and Michael Radmacher to learn how to use Wikipedia to enhance the global knowledge graph.

All events will take place in the Digital Scholarship Commons at Mearns-McPherson Library, UVic.

Schedule: Monday Oct 21, 2019

11-12     Open access in the age of surveillance technology: Fighting for ground in the public imagination (Talk by UVic’s Honorary Resident Wikipedian, Dr. Erin Glass).

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12-1       Lunch provided for edit-a-thon participants


1-3:30    Wikipedia edit-a-thon, Matt Huculak and Michael Radmacher

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Sponsored by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab and University of Victoria Libraries




Webinar: How to Create Inclusive and Accessible OER

Date: October 16, 2019
Time: 10am PST | 1pm EST


Please note that although this presentation will be in English, slides will be made available in both English and French.

In this webinar, we will talk about how to design OER so they are more inclusive and accessible for all students. This will include an overview of the technical considerations of digital accessibility. For example, what are the minimum technical requirements that ensure students with print disabilities can access and navigate through the resource? We will also look at how inclusive design practices can help us create educational materials that are more versatile and useful for students. For example, what does an accessible resource look like for a student with no personal computer? Or a student with a learning disability that makes reading difficult? Ultimately, students can be very different from each other, and what may work for one student may not work for another. But by designing for those differences, we can create educational materials that are more useful, powerful, and accessible to all.

Presenter’s Bio
Josie Gray is the Coordinator of Collection Quality on the Open Education team at BCcampus. She manages the B.C. Open Textbook Collection and provides training and support for B.C. faculty publishing open textbooks in Pressbooks. Josie has been learning about and teaching accessibility best practices in OER for three years and has recently started her MDes in Inclusive Design at OCAD University.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Fields, CARL Visiting Program Officer for Open Education ( or Lise Brin, Program Officer at CARL (

More information about CARL OEWG can be found on the CARL Open Education webpage.


Can We Decolonize Open? An Open Access Week Event

Join Langara, Kwantlen, BCIT, SFU, and UBC for an exciting half-day celebration of Open Access Week (Oct 21-27, 2019). This year’s theme from SPARC is Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge. Our keynote speaker, Jessie Loyer, will explore this question alongside participants through the lens of decolonization. The conversation will continue with local panelists engaged in open knowledge work.

Date: Tuesday, October 22 2019

Time: 12:30pm-1pm (check-in); 1pm-4pm (program)

Place: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond BC; Wilson School of Design, room 4900

Cost: Free! Registration requested. 

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Open but not Free: Invisible Labour in Open Scholarship

Time: October 24, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm
Country: Canada
Street: Harbour Centre, Rm 7000, 555 W Hastings St
City/Town: Vancouver, BC
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Event Type: paneldiscussion
Organized By: BCIT, SFU, UBC, UFV, Langara College, KPU