Webinar on "Encouraging Openness and how stakeholder policies can support or block it!"

We are please to invite you to take part in the webinar on "Encouraging Openness and how stakeholder policies can support or block it!" that will take place on 5th June at 11:00-12:00 (CEST) and also at 16:00-17:00 (CEST).

This webinar is part of the activities related to the Pathway Developing a strategy and policies for openness, and organized by the CIARD Community.

About the Webinar

Funders, authors and readers may want open access to research, but can they achieve it? A researcher who has been encouraged to make their work open has to deal with regulations, guidance, and mandates from their institution, their funders, their publisher and their national government. These policies are often complex and can be ambiguous, or in conflict with each other.

A supportive policy environment and guidance through the relationship of one policy to another has proved to be essential for real progress in opening access to research. How should policies support the researcher and the research process?  How can policies based on commercial profit fit into an open environment? What role do funders have in protecting their investment and the public interest? 

Presented by Bill Hubbard

Bill Hubbard is the Director of the Centre for Research Communications (CRC) at the University of Nottingham, incorporating the work of SHERPAThe CRC has a portfolio of Open Access projects and services and is a recognised centre of expertise for OA development, policy, repositories and infrastructure.

Bill created the award-winning OA services RoMEO, JULIET and OpenDOAR, which are used around the world to unpick details of stakeholder policies, development policy and which underpin repository use. The CRC have also recently launched FACT, to support researchers in complying with specific RCUK and Wellcome Trust OA polices. Bill has also worked closely with OA publishers and advised on the transitions involved for commercial publishers from traditional to OA business models.

Two Webinars

Justin Chisenga, Knowledge and Information Management Officer at FAO Regional Office for Africa, will moderate the session at 11:00CEST, and Barbara Hutchinson, Global Rangelands Initiative and Managing Director, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona will moderate the session at 16:00CEST.


We are looking forward to your participation. Please register by sending an e-mail to information@ciard.net containing the following information:

  • name
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  • role
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  • webinar you would like to attend: 11:00-12:00 CEST or 16:00-17:00 CEST