OAWeek 2014 : Let’s imagine a creative format for Open Access

More and more information is available online about Open Access. However it’s difficult to process all this content when one is a busy PhD Student or researcher. Moreover, people already informed and convinced are often the main spectators. The question thus becomes : How to spread the world about Open Access to a large audience ? (researchers, students but also people who are not directly concerned). With the HackYourPhD community, we have been developing initiatives to invent new creative formats and to raise curiosity and/or interest about Open Access.
Open Access Week was a perfect occasion to propose workshops to experiment with those kinds of formats.

An Open Access XSprint at La Paillasse :

During the Open Access Week, HackYourPhD with Sharelex design a creative workshop called the Open Access Xsprint (X standing for media). The evening was held on October 20 in the biohackerspace La Paillasse in Paris with the financial support of a Generation Open Grant (Right to Research Coalition)

The main objective was to produce appealing guidelines about the legal aspects and issues of Open Access through innovative formats such as livesketching, or comics.
HackYourPhD has been working with Sharelex on this topic for several months. Sharelex aims at providing access to the law to everyone with the use of a collaborative workshop and forum. A first content has been produced in French and was used during the Open Access XSprint.

One evening to invent creative formats about Open Access

These sessions brings together illustrators, graphic designers, students, researchers. After a short introduction to get to know each other, the group discussed about the meaning of Open Access and its definition.
First Livesketching and illustration emerged.

openaccess-keywords-CC-BY-SA-Christelle Fritz

openaccess-keywords-CC-BY-SA-Christelle Fritz

In a second time, two groups were composed. One group worked on the different meaning of Open Access with a focus on the Creative Commons licences.

OpenAccessgroup

The other group discussed about the development of the different Open Access models and their evolution (Green Open Access, 100% Gold Open Access, hybrid Journal, Diamond, Platinum). The importance of Evaluation was raised. It appears to be one of the brakes in the Open Access transition.

Open Access- CC-BY-NC-SA Hélène Pouille

Open Access- CC-BY-SA Hélène Pouille

After an open buffet, each group presented their work. A future project was proposed. It will consist of personalizing a scientific article and inventing its different “”life””. An ingenious way to present the different Open Access Models.

openmeaning-CC-BY-SA-Christelle Fritz

Open meaning-CC-BY-SA-Christelle Fritz

Explore also our storify “Open Access XSprint”

Next Step : Improvisation Theatre and Open Acces !

To conclude the Open Access Week, another event will be organized on October 24 in a science center (Espace Pierre Gilles de Gennes) with HackYourPhD and Sharelex, and the financial support of Couperin/FOSTER.

Theatral Suspects à l'ESPGG CC-BY-SA HackYourPhD

Theatral Suspects à l’ESPGG CC-BY-SA HackYourPhD

This event aims at exploring new format to communicate about Open Access. An improvisation theatral company will participate to this event. The presentations of different speakers about  Open Access will be interspersed with short improvisation. The main topic of this evening  will be the stereotypes or false ideas about Open Access. Bring an entertaining and original view is a way to discuss about Open Access for a large public, and maybe a starter to help them to become curious and to continue exploring this crucial topic for researchers and all citizen.

Here is a storify of the evening

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