Open Access Week at UBC is happening October 22-28.
RSVP for events and learn more about what Open Access and Open Education means for researchers, students and faculty.

Open Access is a movement encouraging the removal of barriers to scholarly research so that scholarly work is accessible to people everywhere. Access is available to everyone: students, policy makers, health care workers, professionals, educators, scholars in the developing world, and the public.

Open Access Publishing

Publishing Open Access provides researchers with a way to share their findings with scholars and students worldwide while protecting their authors’ rights and is increasingly a requirement of funding organizations.

Learn how to make your research openly available.


Open Education

Open Education allows educators to share, manage and use education resources such as open textbooks, lesson plans, quizzes, videos, interactive activities and presentations.

Access UBC’s Open Education repositories.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks are openly licensed resources that are available online to be freely used by students, teachers, and members of the public

Access Open Textbooks.


Open Collections

Open Collections is a publicly-accessible collection of digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more.

Access UBC’s Open Collections


RSVP now for Open Access Events!

Creating and Managing Your Academic Profile

Date & Time: Monday, October 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: K217

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Thinking about publishing your research? There are more ways to communicate your scholarly ideas than ever before. Learn about skills and tools for discussing, interacting, presenting, writing, commenting, and finally publishing your research. In this workshop you will: develop a scholarly/publication profile using both traditional and social tools, build knowledge of formal and informal modes of publication, identify ways to broadly participate in your field (e.g. webinars, blogs, open education resources).

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, Movie Viewing and Discussion

Date & Time: Monday, October 22, 1-3 p.m.
Location: Lillooet Room, IKBLC

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Join UBC Library for a viewing of a recently released documentary on the business of academic publishing. According to the film’s creators, the documentary “focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.” 1 hr 5 mins. Discussion to follow.

Put a License On It!

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Koerner 216

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Light snacks and beverages will be available.

We are UBC Librarians and we put licenses on things. So many things don’t have Creative commons Licenses, but what are we gonna do? We are gonna put licenses on things. Have a presentation, paper, a guide, or an image you own? Make it openly available! Put a license on it! Join us for a Creative Commons license sprint. Bring items that you haven’t had time to post in cIRcle or add an open license to and we will work to make it open.

Emerging Media Lab – demo session

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Neville Scarfe 1

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Come join us at our weekly drop-in demo sessions! Learn more about Emerging Media Lab and try out some VR/AR experiences! This event is open to anyone from the UBC community, including staff, students and faculty (ages 13+). Please bring your ideas and creativity!

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy: Requirements and Routes to Compliance

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 24, 12-1 p.m.
Location: K216

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Canada’s Tri-Agencies require all publications funded by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR to be made openly accessible within 12 months of publication. Learn how to make your works comply with Open Access policies, including publication and self-archiving strategies.

Open But Not Free: Invisible Labour in Open Scholarship

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 24, 5-8 p.m.
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Rm 7000

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Reception with light refreshments served: 5-6 p.m.
Panel discussion and questions: 6-8 p.m.

The open scholarship movement has gained momentum by aiming to fundamentally transform how knowledge is created and shared. In practice, though, the rise of open scholarship has resulted in new challenges for practitioners and stakeholders working within a system in transition. Please join this panel event on the topic of invisible labour in open scholarship.

Pixelating – Digital Humanities Mixer: “So I’ve done some stuff in Text-Encoding Initiative (TEI)…now what?”

Date & Time: Thursday, October 25, 12-2 p.m.
Location: Koerner Rm 153

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Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is an open-source, community based, multilingual standard for digital textual scholarship that gives scholars a vocabulary and a method to create richly expressive and critically informed versions of their texts. Join us for this hands-on workshop that offers an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of this technology. Bring a laptop and a lunch to this session!

UBC Learning Analytics Student API Hackathon

Date & Time: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location: David Lam Building, DL005 Sauder Learning Lab

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Please join us for a UBC Learning Analytics Hackathon that will seek to explore ways the Canvas API can be used to benefit students. Participants will work towards proposing, designing, and building applications and dashboards that could be used to improve student learning and experiences.

Can I Use This? Finding and Working with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 30,
Location: IKBLC, CTLT Rm 2.22

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If you are preparing resources for your teaching, chances are you’ll want to incorporate materials from different sources. This session will focus on the pragmatic elements of reuse and the basics of working with open educational resources (OER) that are licensed to allow revision and reuse. This session is intended to address common questions concerning openly licensed materials for teaching and learning.

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