Webinar Series 2020


How to advocate in these weird times 

26th May 2020

Presented by AOASG Director, Ginny Barbour, UNE Researcher Services Librarian, Eleanor Colla & Tohatoha CEO, Mandy Henk 

These past few weeks have seen our social, personal, and professional lives turned on their head. Virtually nobody has been untouched by the effects of COVID-19 on our lives and livelihoods. For anyone who advocates for open access or related issues, there has been an added twist: finally the rest of the world has caught up with what we have been talking about for years. Open knowledge has suddenly become the norm. Research papers are pouring onto open platforms, traditional publishers have prised open their paywalls, data is being shared widely and even the importance of good metadata and open licenses are being discussed.

So how do we ensure this new normal doesn’t fade away as the pandemic comes under control?

We discussed this from the perspective of advocacy organisations in New Zealand (Tohatoha) Australia (Australasian Open Access Strategy Group) and an Australian university (University of New England). 

This event was part of the OpenPublishingFest


Webinar #2

The case for SCOSS: Creating a secure & sustainable OA & OS infrastructure

Presented by AOASG Chair, Martin Borchert, in his role as Chair of the SCOSS Board, and Angus Cook, CAUL Content Procurement Manager




Webinar #2 slides

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), an initiative of SPARC Europe, works to facilitate crowd funding to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the world’s Open Science infrastructure upon which we have come to depend.

AOASG Executive Committee Chair, Martin Borchert, in his role as Chair of the SCOSS Board, and Angus Cook – CAUL Content Procurement Manager, will co-present the case for the continued support of the SCOSS crowd funding initiative. 

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is a founding member of SCOSS. CAUL/CONZUL institutions have provided much needed financial support for SCOSS Round 1 endorsed infrastructure – DOAJ and Sherpa/RoMEO.

SCOSS has recently launched SCOSS Round 2 endorsed infrastructure for crowd funding – OAPEN/DOAB, Open Citations, and Public Knowledge Project (PKP).

Martin will provide an update on Round 1 and will launch Round 2.

Angus will advise how CAUL/CONZUL institutions can pledge and pay contributions via the CAUL Content Procurement office.

Please attend this webinar to learn more about SCOSS and how your institution can support the Round 2 crowd funding initiative.

There will be an opportunity to have your questions answered.

Webinar #1

30 March 2020

AOASG 2019 review and 2020 priorities

Australasian Open Access Strategy Group Chair, Martin Borchert and Ginny Barbour (Director) will present our first webinar for 2020.  2019 was an extremely busy year for the AOASG with an extensive workshop and new member engagement program.   Looking ahead Martin will outline the group’s plans and priorities for 2020 and showcase what to expect in the coming months.




Martin Borchert & Ginny Barbour