Open Access Week to Kickoff on Oct. 21 at World Bank

For Immediate Release                                                                      
Contact: Andrea Higginbotham  
(202) 296-2296 x 121

Thursday October 17, 2013


Winners of Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) Announced

Washington, DC – The sixth annual Open Access Week will kickoff on October 21, 2013 with an event at the World Bank in Washington, DC.  Sponsored by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank, the event includes a discussion with leading experts in business, government, and science, and the announcement of the ASAP award winners.

Open Access – free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.  It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

The event will begin with a 60-minute panel discussion, titled “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” hosted by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC.  Among the topics to be discussed are Article Level Metrics (ALM’s) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured.  Panelists include:

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director, American Society for Cell Biology
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director, Public Library of Science
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Following the panel, winning nominations of the new Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced.  The ASAP Program, sponsored by 27 global organizations including Google, PLOS, and the Wellcome Trust, recognizes those who have built upon Open Access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society.  The six finalists include projects that created an HIV self-test and a group who used 3-D printing and smart phones to engage students with a cell phone microscope.

WHAT:           Open Access Week Kickoff and ASAP Winner Announcement

WHERE:         The World Bank, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC

WHEN:           Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:00pm EDT

A live blog and webcast will be available on the World Bank Live website for those who cannot attend in person. But if you are planning on attending in-person contact Andrea Higginbotham at andrea [at] arl [dot] org so that you can have a name badge ready.

Open Access Week now in its sixth year features community sponsored events in over 140 countries.  It provides an opportunity for the community to continue to learn about the benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in adopting Open Access practices and policies.

To follow the conversation on Twitter use the hashtags #oaweek or #openaccess. Media questions can be directed to @SPARC_NA. For information about Open Access week events and information please go to



SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.  Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change.  Its pragmatic focus is to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.  More information can be found at



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