A Catalan universities initiative supported by European bodies
Would you like to know more about how things work in open access? In collaboration with the Universitat Jaume I and the rest of Catalonia's universities, the UOC is again organizing its free course on open access, which is run via Twitter. The course is set to be a key feature of International Open Access Week, which runs from 22 to 28 October. A series of tweets will be offering you insights into the mechanisms involved in open access, teaching you about good practices, and offering advice on how to optimize this type of publication. All you have to do is follow the @moocmicro account and the #OAMOOC18 hashtag. The content will be tweeted daily from Monday to Friday (22–26 October) at 12 noon (GMT +1). You can tweet comments or send questions to be answered by the organizers using the same hashtag. This initiative, while particularly useful for researchers and university students, is open to anyone with an interest in this area.
The course will be running for its second time and already has over 600 followers. Its aim is to share the basic ideas and concepts relating to open access, explaining things in straightforward terms and providing an overview of good practices, initiatives, standards and tools for use in the following areas: introduction to open access, RRI and open science, publishing in open access, research data, publishing licences and authors’ rights, and visibility and impact. Resources shared include articles, images and videos, and you can do the course in both Catalan and English.
This micro-MOOC -in the framework of the UOC R&I Meeting Days series- has been coordinated by the UOC and forms part of the university's efforts to promote open knowledge through its Open Knowledge Action Plan. Support on the creation of content came from University of Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Pompeu Fabra University, University of Girona, University of Lleida, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Ramon Llull University, University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, and Universitat Jaume I. Other collaborators include the Catalan University Service Consortium (CSUC), the European University Association (EUA), the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) and SPARC Europe.