Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon. Price barriers should not prevent students, researchers (or anyone) from getting access to research they need. Open Access, and the open availability and searchability of scholarly research that it entails, will have a significant positive impact on everything from education to the practice of medicine to the ability of entrepreneurs to innovate.
International Open Access Week [www.openaccessweek.org] (October 21 – 27, 2019) is a global, community-driven week of action to open access to research and knowledge in general. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions, and organizations across the world and its organization is led by a global advisory committee. This is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress to build more equitable foundations for opening knowledge.
This event is jointly organized by the Centre for Society and Policy, the DST-Centre for Policy Research and JRD Tata Memorial Library at IISc.