Monday, October 25, 2021

Webinar in honour of Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam during International Open Access Week | 29 October at 19:30 IST

In honour of Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam - International Open Access Week 2021, IISc, India

DST-Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Centre for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science 
J.R.D. Tata Memorial Library, Indian Institute of Science

invite you to the (online) event to observe and celebrate the International Open Access Week 2021; the session will feature three lectures; see below for details. This year's OA Week event at IISc is the fifth in a series. It is also special, since it is being held in honour of Prof. Arunachalam, a champion of the open access movement in India, who turned 80 in September 2021. 

Date: 29 October 2021
Time: 19:30 (IST) | 2:00 PM (GMT) | 10 AM (EDT)
Venue: Online MS Team (Click here to join

Padmanabhan Balaram
Former Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
Subbiah Arunachalam, Scientometrics, Open Access Movement 

Heather Joseph
Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) 
Open by Default and Equitable by Design: The Future of the Open Access Movement

Leslie Chan
Professor,  University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada
Opening Sciences from Below

Open by Default and Equitable by Design -- The Future of the Open Access Movement: The Open Access movement is about to mark its 20th anniversary.  At a meeting convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute in December of 2001, a small but diverse group met to explore ways to accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles freely available on the internet.  They explored the most effective and affordable strategies for serving the interests of the researchers and the institutions that support research, examined ways to make the transition to open access and economically self-sustaining, and discussed how separate initiatives could best work together to achieve broader success. The result was the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), which offered the first definition of open access. The BOAI is a statement of principle, a statement of strategy, and a statement of commitment. Two decades later, while much progress has been made, significant work remains to be done. This talk will explore the key challenges facing the Open Access movement and propose areas of concentration to ensure that the global research enterprise is one that is truly open by default, and equitable by design.

Opening Sciences from Below: Mainstream discourses have tended to frame Open Science as a set of neutral standards, tools, and practices to be followed, often with the objective of pursuing utilitarian or market-driven outcomes. In this talk, I reflect on some of these framings and propose other ways of conceiving open science, considering both the benefits and the potential harms to communities affected by research. Drawing from lessons learned from OCSDNet and the Open Science and Decolonization of Knowledge project, we suggest that an inclusive open science involves a highly dynamic process of negotiating and challenging power relations within highly situated socio-political contexts, and involving actors, institutions, and communities with varying claims for knowledge legitimacy. Science policy making needs to take these power imbalances into account so as not to perpetuate and exacerbate existing inequities.

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