The last full week in October each year is Open Access Week - an occasion for librarians, researchers, publishers, journal editors, students and others to engage in discussions around the past, present and future of Open Access and to showcase their related activities.
Some of the highlights from this year include
a guideline "How Open Is It?" has been released by SPARC, PLOS and OASPA that differentiates between different levels of access to scholarly articles, with reusability being an important aspect. Such information could be used to indicate systematically the openness of references cited on Wikimedia pages, as per Template:Open Access.
an announcement by the publisher Institute of Physics to license its freely available journal articles under a Creative Commons Attribution License from next year on, which would make these materials reusable at Wikimedia projects.
Wikipedia entries on Open Access Week have been started in French and Japanese
Open Access Wikipedia Challenge
The Open Access Wikipedia Challenge is an online challenge in the MOOC realm, where accepting users are asked to place Open Access content from Wikimedia Commons into Wikipedia. It’s built as a social lesson in Wikipedia editing requiring no previous experience. The challenge is filleted into 6 phases each with an accompanying YouTube screencast tutorial and mini-challenge totaling 2 hours of instruction.
The challenge, hosted on Peer to Peer University, gave users the guided tasks of rating journals for openness, calculating how quickly it took Gangnam Style to get onto Wikipedia, writing Wikitext, categorizing on Commons with Hot Cat, and embedding media into Wikipedia.
Found a new home at en:Transponder: a bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) worker with a transponder attached to its back.
The barnstar awarded after successful completion of the Open Access Week Challenge.
P2PU’s online platform allows users to track progress, to discuss the challenges, and to offer peer support, which probably makes the OAWC the first MOOC-ified Wikipedia tutorial. A special edition barnstar has been created for those who complete the challenge. Originally, the course was a celebratory measure, part of Wikipedia Loves Libraries and Open Access Week. After 21 netizens joined the course, it was decided to extend the challenge indefinitely. New and expert users are invited to sign up.
Open Access Media Importer approved
The Open Access Media Importer continued to be tested and refined throughout the month, leading to its approval on October 29.
The following files represent a selection of what has been uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer this month. If you can think of wiki pages where these files could be useful, please put them in there or let us know.
Before you watch a video, consider guessing at the research question addressed in the corresponding scholarly article.
October 23: Examples of reusing, revising, remixing and redistributing Open Access materials in the context of Wikimedia projects are being highlighted in a blog post on the PLOS blog on the occasion of Open Access Week.