Current news about Open Access at UCT
Access to open educational resources, including access to open textbooks, is critical to supporting students and lecturers during remote online learning. A comprehensive list of over 80 million open resources has been compiled, consisting of subjects across the different disciplines. These free scholarly resources can be read whilst online or downloaded to view offline (with no internet), on different kind of devices, including a mobile phone.
There may be intermittent access to OpenUCT on Wednesday morning, 3 April 2019 due to system maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The title of UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice has been awarded to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams, associate professor in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT). UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng announced Hodgkinson-Williams’s appointment during her address at the Open Education Seminar in celebration of Open Education Week on 6 March.
The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in collaboration with UCT Libraries is pleased to host this year’s Open Education Week seminar at the University of Cape Town on 6 March 2019.
The Digital Open Textbooks for Development (DOT4D) website is now live and with a series of videos from the Open Access Week seminar held in October. These videos document the three thematic threads of the event - open access and social justice, open access and publishing, and voices from the UCT community.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) joined institutions around the world in celebrating Open Access Week, which focuses on promoting open knowledge sharing, from 22 to 28 October.
The results of an international survey to pursue international educational standards in Library and Information Science. The White Paper by the IFLA Building Strong Library and Information Science Education Working Group (BSLISE), has been added to the Open Monographs collection.
OpenUCT has performed extremely well in the most recent Ranking Web of Repositories published by the Cybermetrics Lab in Spain. OpenUCT is ranked second of 21 repositories in South Africa, and also takes second place of the 80 repositories in Africa. Globally, OpenUCT is ranked 143 out of 2,372 repositories. The aim of the Ranking Web of Repositories is not to grade repositories, but rather to promote Open Access initiatives and global access to academic knowledge.
The Open Access Symposium 2016, hosted by University of Cape Town (UCT) Libraries and SPARC Africa, in partnership with SPARC, Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), took place over six days in December.
"Open Access (OA) is a no-brainer!” "... The real value of learning is sharing what you've learned" “…we need new indicators [of measuring scholarship] to break out of the status quo” “students cannot learn from books they can’t afford”
These are some quotes from our international speakers who will share their expert knowledge on open access, data management, open educational resources, copyright guidelines and practice over a period of two and a half days (6-8 December). The Open Access Symposium, hosted by UCT Libraries, with SPARC USA, SPARC Africa, NRF and LIASA, will be held at iThemba LABS, Faure. Three parallel workshops (at three different locations) will precede the Symposium that will focus on practical training and developing skills for delegates from Africa.