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Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research — to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives.

The Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge is celebrating OA Week with a series of daily blog posts, events and announcements, including the launch of the upgraded University Repository, 'Apollo'. Information will be added to the OA Week webpage throughout the week.

Two key events will be live-streamed to the same webpage and we invite you to join us online and on Twitter:

• a discussion of how Preprints can help biomedical science researchers in the era of social media (Tuesday 25 October 14:00-17:30) #pptsCamOA

• a panel discussion between researchers and publishers, 'Open Access: grassroots movement or top-down imposition?' (Wednesday 26 October 13:00-14:30) #OAWeekCam

OA Week presents a great opportunity to discover more about the issue of Open Research at the University of Cambridge, and to learn how researchers, libraries and publishers are approaching the related topics and challenges.