Welcome to our Open Access Guide
This guide is meant to provide more information on open access, as well as to provide links to openly licensed resources
What is open access?
According to the UNESCO, open access is means "free access to information and unrestricted use of electronic resources for everyone. Any kind of digital content can be OA, from texts and data to software, audio, video, and multi-media. While most of these are related to text only, a growing number are integrating text with images, data, and executable code. OA can also apply to non-scholarly content, like music, movies, and novels" (taken from UNESCO Open Access Publication)
Open access is gaining momentum all over the world. To gain a better understanding of open access watch this video created by PHDComics which will give you a brief history and background on this topic.
Check out these websites on open access as well:
International Open Access Week
Did you know that there is an entire week, normally in October, dedicated to Open Access. This is known as International Open Access Week. During this period the open access community get together to discuss issues and trends in open access. to find out more go to the International Open Access Week website.
According to the Open Access Academy, there are several different types of open access
Here are some open access books, journal and data sites
Open access books
Open access journals