Welcome to Open Scholarship at Waterloo

Welcome to the Open Scholarship Committee's (OSC) website. We are a team of faculty members, librarians, staff members, and students who educate, advocate for, and support open research practices, open access publishing, open data, and open educational resources. We are committed to helping scholars make informed decisions about the ways they make their research, scholarship, and instructional content accessible within their scholarly communities.

What is open scholarship?

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) defines open scholarship as: "encompass[ing] open access, open data, open educational resources and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment." More information, including definitions of each of these areas can be found on the pages linked in the sidebar.


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    1. Mar. 27, 2023Deadline for Grant Approaches!

      The deadline for the Staebler Insurance OER Fellows Grant application is Monday April 10, 2023.

      The Staebler Insurance OER Fellows Grant will provide a maximum of $20,000 annually over five years (2023-2028) to fund projects that develop OER for use in Waterloo courses.

      Each OER project is eligible for up to $5,000.

    2. Mar. 9, 2023Open Education Week Series: “Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days”
      By Dana Francoeur, Centre for Extended Learning. This article is one of a series celebrating Open Education Week. It is brought to you by the Open Scholarship Committee.   

      Despite living in a world with a large, aging population, not all of us have direct personal access to older adults.

    3. Mar. 7, 2023Open Education Week Series: Marking Open Education Week and SDG Week 

      By Michelle Angkasa, Sustainability Office. This article is one of a series celebrating Open Education Week. It is brought to you by the Open Scholarship Committee.  

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    1. Jan. 24 to Apr. 26, 2023eCampusOntario's "Beyond Books and Manuals" Webinar Series
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      The Open Library at eCampusOntario has announced a series of virtual lunch and learns (12–1pm) focused on adopting openly licensed materials in their collection.


      • January 24, Media and Arts Open Education Resources
      • February 16, Tabletop Roleplay as OER
      • February 22, Games and Roleplay
      • March 29, Open and Ouvert
      • April 26, Indigenous Content

      Drop-In Sessions (Q&A regarding the Open Library, associated platforms and services, and OER)

    All upcoming events