A leading voice in the Open Access movement is Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP). His definition of Open Access has been widely accepted in the academic publishing world: Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus open-access policies, to issue reports on the societal and economic benefits of Open Access, to commit new funds in support of open-access publication, and more.
Now entering its sixth year, International Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.
J. Murrey Atkins Library will offer Open Access related events on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, all free and open to the public.