Celebrating Open Access Day

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The first international Open Access Day will be held on
Tuesday, 14 October 2008. Founded by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing
and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the
Public
Library of Science
, the aim is to broaden awareness and
understanding of Open Access.  Recent
mandates and emerging policies will be highlighted within the international
higher education community and the general public.

Open Access Day will invite researchers, educators,
librarians, students, and the public to participate in live, worldwide
broadcasts of events. In North America, events will be held at 7:00 PM
(Eastern) and 7:00 PM (Pacific) and feature appearances from Sir Richard Roberts, Ph.D., F.R.S.,
joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993 and Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D., Founding
Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Computational Biology.

Librarians and student organisers are invited to host
meetings around this broadcast. A list of participating campuses can be found
on the Open Access Day website where registration details can also
be found. Additional international events will be announced shortly.

Open
Access Day was inspired by the National Day of Action on February 15, 2007, led
by Students for FreeCulture with support from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.

Update: 6th October 2008

In London, BioMed Central, Public Library of Science,
SPARC and the Wellcome Trust are together hosting a launch event on OA Day for the  Open Access
Scholarly Publishers’ Association. Contact info@oaspa.org if you would like to know more.