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[BOAI] Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done?

From: Iryna Kuchma <iryna.kuchma AT eifl.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2013 18:08:31 +0300


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[Forwarded message from Richard Poynder via Global Open Access List
(Successor of AmSci)]


Making Open Access (OA) a reality has proved considerably more difficult
and time consuming than OA advocates expected when they started out. It is
now 19 years since cognitive scientist Stevan Harnad posted his Subversive
Proposal calling on researchers to make their papers freely available on
the Web; and it is nearly 12 years since those who took part in the
Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) coined the term Open Access, and
agreed on a definition.   ****

** **

However, few now doubt that OA is inevitable, and a number of developments
this year have served to confirm that. In February, for instance, the US
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a memorandum on
public access in which it directed federal agencies with more than $100M in
R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of
federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of
publication. ****

** **

Then last month agreement was finally reached in Europe on the details of
the next EU research programme. Amongst other things, this will require
that papers arising from research the EU funds will have to be made OA. ****

** **

And two weeks ago G8 science ministers issued a joint endorsement of the
need to increase access to publicly-funded research.****

** **

In the meantime, OA mandates continue to be introduced by research funders
around the world, including recently in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland,
and Australia. ****

** **

In addition, of course, on April 1st Research Councils UK (RCUK) introduced
its highly controversial new OA policy, a policy that sparked a great deal
of bad-tempered wrangling, and led to two inquires and the publication of a
number of clarifications. Yet many continue to have serious doubts about
the policy, and fear its likely consequences. Indeed, opinions on the best
way forward for OA remain generally divided.****

** **

So where is OA right now, what still needs to be done, and what should be
the priorities going forward? ****

** **

With the aim of airing the views of a range of different people on these
matters I hope to publish a series of Q&A interviews in the coming weeks,
starting today with Mike Taylor, palaeontologist, computer programmer and
indefatigable OA advocate.****

** **

The interview can be read here:
http://poynder.blogspot.fi/2013/07/open-access-where-are-we-what-still.html*
***

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<div dir=3D"ltr">[Forwarded message from <b 
class=3D"gmail_sendername">Rich=
ard Poynder</b><span dir=3D"ltr"> via</span> Global 
Open Access List (Succe=
ssor of AmSci)]<br><div 
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<div><p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001p=
t;line-height:normal">Making Open Access (OA) a reality has proved 
consider=
ably more difficult and time consuming than OA advocates expected when they=
 started out. It is now 19 years since cognitive scientist Stevan Harnad po=
sted his Subversive Proposal calling on researchers to make their papers fr=
eely available on the Web; and it is nearly 12 years since those who took p=
art in the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) coined the term Open Acce=
ss, and agreed on a definition.=A0=A0 
<u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;lin=
e-height:normal"><u></u>=A0<u></u></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"margi=
n-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal">However, few now 
dou=
bt that OA is inevitable, and a number of developments this year have serve=
d to confirm that. In February, for instance, the US Office of Science and =
Technology Policy (OSTP) published a memorandum on public access in which i=
t directed federal agencies with more than $100M in R&amp;D expenditures 
to=
 develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research f=
reely available to the public within one year of publication. 
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></p>
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style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;lin=
e-height:normal"><u></u>=A0<u></u></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"margi=
n-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal">Then last month 
agre=
ement was finally reached in Europe on the details of the next EU research =
programme. Amongst other things, this will require that papers arising from=
 research the EU funds will have to be made OA. 
<u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;lin=
e-height:normal"><u></u>=A0<u></u></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"margi=
n-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal">And two weeks 
ago G8=
 science ministers issued a joint endorsement of the need to increase acces=
s to publicly-funded research.<u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;lin=
e-height:normal"><u></u>=A0<u></u></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"margi=
n-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal">In the meantime, 
OA =
mandates continue to be introduced by research funders around the world, in=
cluding recently in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, and Australia. 
<u><=
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;lin=
e-height:normal"><u></u>=A0<u></u></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"margi=
n-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal">In addition, of 
cour=
se, on April 1st Research Councils UK (RCUK) introduced its highly controve=
rsial new OA policy, a policy that sparked a great deal of bad-tempered wra=
ngling, and led to two inquires and the publication of a number of clarific=
ations. Yet many continue to have serious doubts about the policy, and fear=
 its likely consequences. Indeed, opinions on the best way forward for OA r=
emain generally divided.<u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;lin=
e-height:normal"><u></u>=A0<u></u></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"margi=
n-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal">So where is OA 
right=
 now, what still needs to be done, and what should be the priorities going =
forward? <u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;lin=
e-height:normal"><u></u>=A0<u></u></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"margi=
n-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal">With the aim of 
airi=
ng the views of a range of different people on these matters I hope to publ=
ish a series of Q&amp;A interviews in the coming weeks, starting today 
with=
 Mike Taylor, palaeontologist, computer programmer and indefatigable OA adv=
ocate.<u></u><u></u></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;lin=
e-height:normal"><u></u>=A0<u></u></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"margi=
n-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal">The interview 
can be=
 read here: <a 
href=3D"http://poynder.blogspot.fi/2013/07/open-access-where=
-are-we-what-still.html" 
target=3D"_blank">http://poynder.blogspot.fi/2013/=
07/open-access-where-are-we-what-still.html</a><u></u><u></u></p>
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style=3D"margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;lin=
e-height:normal">=A0</p></div></div><br>
<br></div><br></div>

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