The National Library’s New Accolade Aims to Reward Knowledge Sharing in Qatar

The search for the country’s best open scholarship project began today, after Qatar National Library called for nominations for its inaugural Open Initiative Award 2020.

The new award will be given to the best initiative to have contributed to the advancement of open scholarship in Qatar each year.

Open scholarship is the practice of sharing knowledge openly and making research outcomes visible and accessible to all. The movement includes open access to research papers, open data, open education resources, open licenses, and other applications of openness in scholarly and research environments. 

The winner of the award will be invited to deliver a presentation during Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year which runs from 19-25 October this year. The week offers the chance for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The deadline for submissions for the first Qatar National Library’s Open Initiative Award is 7 October 2020.

Applications for the award can be made directly on the Library’s website at

The Library has funded nearly 1,000 open access articles since 2017 and is a leading center in open access in the Gulf and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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