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Open Access Week 2013 to Kick Off Oct. 21

SPARC and the World Bank have announced that they will cosponsor the kick-off event for Open Access Week 2013 on Monday, October 21, in Washington, DC. The live event will take place at the state-of-the-art World Bank facilities and will host a liveblog and webcast for those who cannot attend in person. The event will also be recorded, and will be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access Week events.

The kick-off event will begin at 3:00 p.m. eastern time and will consist of a 90-minute panel discussion with open access experts from a variety of stakeholder groups as well as representatives from the World Bank and SPARC. As this year’s theme is “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” the panelists will discuss articl-level metrics and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. Speakers will be announced in early September. 

During the event, the winners of the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced. The ASAP Program—sponsored by 27 global organizations including Google, PLOS, the Wellcome Trust, ARL, and SPARC—recognizes those who have built upon open access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society.

Immediately following the question-and-answer session, SPARC will sponsor a reception for those attending and participating in the panel discussion.

The World Bank was recently named a SPARC Innovator for its implementation of a new open access policy and the adoption of a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) copyright license, which was included in the launch of the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) in 2012. The World Bank opened its data to the public in 2010.

For more information about Open Access Week, visit the Open Access Week website.