Open Access Day

Posted September 22nd 2008 @ 6:46 pm by

We’ve had a few posts about repositories lately, and here’s another one. Research repositories are playing a major role in furthering open access to research papers, but of course they are not the only factor in the open access movement.

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science have organised the first ever, Open Access Day to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access, including recent mandates and emerging policies, within the international higher education community and the general public.

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Open Access Day – October 14, 2008

3 Comments

  1. Julie
    September 29, 2008 at 06:13

    I’d like to see all libraries have open access all the time. I’ve been discouraged to try to find resources that I need to write research papers that (in my opinion) should be free for the asking and yet been unable to get them for free. Very discouraging.

  2. Peta Hopkins
    September 29, 2008 at 09:00

    Peter Suber’s “A very brief introduction to open access” is a good, yet short, starting point for those not familiar with open access. He says “What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.” Getting copyright holders to provide consent can be very challenging – there are vested interests. That is why libraries can not oblige and have “open access all the time” as Julie and many others wish for.

  3. Kaitlyn
    September 30, 2008 at 09:54

    I’m sure it is difficult to get consent of the copyright holders, they want to make money and having free open access hits them right in the wallet! However, if a book is in a public library, it would be really nice if that same book was available over the Internet. I know, I’m an idealist. Oh well….

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