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[BOAI] Where are we, what still needs to be done? Stevan Harnad on the state of Open Access

From: "Richard Poynder" <richard.poynder AT>
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:21:05 +0100

The second interview in a series exploring the current state of Open Access
(OA) and what the priorities ought to be going forward has been published.
It is with self-styled archivangelist Stevan Harnad, who is currently Canada
Research Chair in cognitive science at Université du Québec à Montréal
(UQAM) and professor of web science at the University of Southampton.


In 1994 Harnad posted an online message calling on all researchers to
archive their papers on the Internet in order to make them freely accessible
to their peers — a strategy that later became known as Green Open Access, or
self-archiving. The message — which Harnad headed “The Subversive Proposal”
— initiated a series of online exchanges, many of which were subsequently
collected and published as a book in 1995.


Harnad was also one of the small group of people who attended the 2001
Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). It was in Budapest that the term
Open Access was coined, and a definition first agreed upon.


The interview can be read here:


The first interview in the series, with palaeontologist and computer
programmer Mike Taylor, can be read here:


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