Botho University recently celebrated International Open Access Week 2023 with a focus on the theme “Community Over Commercialization: Open as Possible, Closed as Necessary.” This annual event provided a global platform for discussions surrounding open access and science. It brought together experts and stakeholders to explore the relationship between open data, research commercialization, and the challenges faced when implementing open-access policies.
The week’s highlights included a webinar on “Publishing in Accredited Open Access Journals” led by Dr. Obey Dzomonda and a dynamic panel discussion featuring experts like Ms. Malebogo Selemogo and Dr. Joseph Mwelwa, who emphasized the importance of intellectual property rights and the collaborative nature of open science. Additionally, Dr. Christine Kanyengo addressed the challenges faced by developing countries in implementing open-access policies, while Dr. Audrey Masiszana-Katongo presented Botswana’s initiatives in open science and open data policy development.
The event attracted over 60 participants, fostering dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders and emphasizing the importance of open and transparent research practices. Botho University’s International Open Access Week celebration served as a valuable platform to bridge the gap between community-driven knowledge sharing and the responsible commercialization of research. It highlighted the critical role of open access in advancing global scientific knowledge and underlined the potential for a more inclusive and transparent future in academia.