Open Access Week introduces the recommendations of UNESCO to Open Science


The theme of this year's Open Access Week which will be held in the week 25-31 October is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” The University of Tartu Library continues its tradition to introduce opportunities of Open Science by setting up an information desk in the 2nd floor with different materials about Open Science.

This year’s theme intentionally aligns with the recently released UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which Open Access is a crucial component. Circulated in draft form following discussion by representatives of UNESCO’s 193 member countries, the Recommendation powerfully articulates and centers the importance of equity in pursuing a future for scholarship that is open by default.

Open Science should embrace a diversity of knowledge, practices, workflows, languages, research outputs and research topics that support the needs and epistemic pluralism of the scientific community as a whole, diverse research communities and scholars, as well as the wider public and knowledge holders beyond the traditional scientific community, including Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and social actors from different countries and regions, as appropriate. (UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, Page 7)

Diversity, equity and inclusion have become particularly important in the COVID-19 crisis, which has showed how important it is to keep the research work open and transparent. The crisis has been a trigger for the researchers to change their regular practice, and thus, giving us a hope that the science is equally open to all parties in the future.

Within a week the information desk is available for the library visitors. You can receive more information about:

On 29 October at 13 a webinar about the Open Science is organised by the Library of Helsinki University.  More information here

Online registration for the FAIRsFAIR Roadshow webinar that will take place virtually on the 18th of November is now open. FAIRsFAIR aims to supply practical solutions for the use of the FAIR data principles, such as tools for raising awareness about FAIR or even measuring the level of FAIRness. We hope to meet the Research Data community in Estonia: data support staff, researchers, data policy makers etc. 

Additional information:
Elena Sipria-Mironov
Project Manager, UT Library
737 5750


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