In the last week of October, Open Access Week took place at the CZU Library, which aims to make the idea of Open Access to scientific information more visible.
The library was coloured orange, the traditional colour of Open Access, and offered students and scientists the opportunity to meet, exchange experiences and learn a lot of new information. This year's theme of Open Access Week, "Open for Climate Justice", resonated in several presentations from scholars inside and outside the university. Three talks showcased three projects in which researchers are using Open Data, share their data, and see the idea of Open Science as an integral part of the scientific process.
The last lecture, Using Open Data from Remote Sensing for assessment of Ecosystem Health, with Jakub Zelený (People in Need), focused on what information can be obtained from images from publicly available databases and what surprising conclusions can analysis of these data lead us to.
All lectures were recorded and are available on the YouTube channel of the CZU Library, as well as the presentations, which are freely available within the CZU institutional community in the Zenodo repository.
In addition to the lectures, the students and scientists met in person with Kristýna Zychová, Open Science Coordinator at CZU, and representatives from the Department for Strategic Planning at CZU at the Openly about Science event. The students learned about Open Science, often for the first time, participated in a competition, and scientists had the opportunity to find out what support the Library and the Department for Strategic Planning at the CZU provide concerning Open Science. Exciting experiences and perspectives on Open Science were shared during the event, and we would like to thank everyone who participated.