The MEOPAR OA Community of Practice (CoP) was formed in 2018, with the overarching goal of sharing knowledge and improving linkages between OA knowledge creators and end-users across Canada. The OA CoP's objectives include the development of knowledge transfer and community engagement via accessible content, resources, and databases, and best-practices for data collection and sharing involving research groups, stakeholders, and community-based research.
We will present some of our key activities to date, our new online resources and blog series, as well as updates on the development of future projects. Current and future activities are focused on increasing online content and resources to increase OA CoP awareness and engagement, the development of a low-cost OA sensor package to aid aquaculture operations and larger monitoring efforts, conducting regional vulnerability assessments, and participation in partner OA organizations, including the GOA-ON North American Hub, the OA Information Exchange, DFO-NOAA OA Working Groups, the OA Alliance, and MEOPAR.
Kristina Barclay joined the MEOPAR OA CoP in October, 2020 as their new Coordinator, and a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Calgary. She received her Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta, where she studied the effects of ocean acidification on marine snails and their relationships with shell-crushing crab predators through time. Kristina hopes to bring her background in OA research and science outreach/communication to continue to mobilize and engage the MEOPAR OA CoP.