Webinar Series 2018

Webinar #2        Wikis, open access & academic publishing

Tuesday 17th April 

Our presenters and Wikipedia editors, researcher Thomas Shafee, academic librarian Kate Harbison and the State Library of Queensland’s Jacinta Sutton discuss how Wikipedia & Open Access go hand in hand.

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Thomas Shafee, La Trobe Uni, slides

Thomas Shafee slides

Jacinta Sutton SLQ slides

Jacinta Sutton slides

Kate Harbison, QUT Library, slides

Kate Harbison slides

Wikipedia and its sister-projects comprise one of the world’s largest open-access initiatives. Greater involvement by experts, researchers and academics is being encouraged by a variety of Wikipedia-integrated academic publishing models.

Dual-publication of peer-reviewed articles (particularly review articles) creates:

1) a stable, citable, version of record, as well as,

2) a living version integrated into Wikipedia that can be constantly updated. Examples include PLOS, Gene & RNA Biol.

Hear how  journals can be built entirely on free to access MediaWiki architecture which is open, designed for collaborative writing, and which allows for OA publishing to be achieved with no article processing fees.

Bridging the Academic-Wikipedia divide improves the scientific accuracy of the encyclopedia, and rewards academics with free, impactful, citable, publications that achieve far greater public reach than they can normally access.

Thomas Shafer

Thomas Shafee, La Trobe University


Jacinta Sutton, State Library Queensland

Kate Harbison, QUT Library









Webinar #1        All the flavours of FAIR, fair & F.A.I.R

Tuesday 6th March 

Presented by:   AOASG’s Ginny Barbour,  Keith Russell, Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and Alex Holcombe, Associate Editor of Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, Professor University of Sydney


Alex Holcombe slides

Keith Russell slides

Ginny Barbour slides

The word fair can mean many different things to many different people, but it’s generally a description of activities or processes which are just, equitable and reasonable.  Within scholarship it’s been used as an acronym FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) for the ongoing campaign for an open democratic society where everyone can access information.  In 2015, fairness was found in another acronym in the F.A.I.R. Data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable).  Created to support knowledge discovery and innovation and to promote sharing and reuse of data, these principles informed the development of the F.A.I.R. Access policy statement in 2016 for all Australian publicly funded research outputs.

The concept of fairness has implications for how journals should be run. “Fair Open Access” has been a rallying cry for researchers seeking to achieve fair, low-cost journal open access.  In 2017 a group of researchers and librarians formalized Fair Open Access principles for journals and the Fair Open Access Alliance (fairopenaccess.org).

Webinar links:

Scott Abbott sent this link for the Economic, social and ethical argument for OA

Anne Stevenson sent this link suggesting there may be more analysis in Heather Piwowar’s latest article.