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[BOAI] Launch of Open Access Button Crowd Funding Campaign!
From: Nick Shockey <nick AT arl.org>
Hi all, I’m excited to share that the Open Access Button, a student-led project to map ↵ collisions with paywalls and connect users with freely accessible copies of ↵ paywalled articles, is crowd funding its next stage of development. We have ↵ been involved with this project from the beginning and have been continually ↵ impressed with the utility of the tool the students have been able to create. ↵ If you haven’t seen the Button already, I encourage you to check it out at ↵ www.openaccessbutton.org. The students involved really want the Button to be a community owned resource ↵ and thought crowd funding the development of its next generation would be a ↵ great way of doing so while seeking additional sources of support for the ↵ project. With the right support, I think the Button could become a useful ↵ piece of infrastructure for the Open Access community, and the project is a ↵ perfect example of the next generation leading the way on creating a more open ↵ system of scholarly communication. The press release for the crowd funding campaign is copied below. You can ↵ contribute directly through the campaign’s page on Indiegogo: ↵ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/button-2-0#home. Finally, please share this ↵ announcement with any friends and colleagues who may be interested! Thanks, Nick ___________ Nick Shockey Director, Right to Research Coalition Director of Programs and Engagement, SPARC nick AT arl.org +1 202 296 2296 Skype: nick.shockey http://www.righttoresearch.org http://www.sparc.arl.org The Open Access Button to crowdfund Button 2.0 Contact: openaccessbutton AT medsin.org, David Carroll +447849573408 LONDON, UK – The Open Access Button is launching a crowdfunding campaign on ↵ Indiegogo to raise £20,000 to support the development of Button 2.0. The Open ↵ Access Button is a browser bookmarklet that helps users report when they hit ↵ journal paywalls and cannot access research articles. Button 2.0 will be an ↵ expanded version of this tool with new features and further ways to gain access ↵ to research. Every day, people try to access academic research articles – doctors seeking ↵ the newest treatments, researchers advancing our understanding of the world, ↵ students trying to further their education. But instead of the essential ↵ information they seek, too often these people are confronted by paywalls ↵ demanding a fee in exchange for access, sometimes as high as $40 per article. ↵ These paywalls exist because a large portion of the academic literature is ↵ published in expensive, subscription-based journals whose prices have outpaced ↵ inflation for several decades. University students David Carroll and Joseph McArthur created The Open Access ↵ Button in response to their own frustrations with gaining access to the results ↵ of academic research. “My university is able to afford subscriptions to many ↵ journals, and yet I still can’t access everything I need,” said Carroll, who ↵ studies Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast. “It made me wonder how many ↵ others have had the same experience, and how it is impacting people across the ↵ globe.” The beta version of the Open Access Button was launched in November 2013 and ↵ has since mapped over 6500 paywalls across the globe. McArthur, who studies ↵ pharmacology at University College London, said, “Until now, being denied ↵ access was invisible, because it happened to people individually. The Button ↵ collects these separate experiences and showcases the global magnitude of the ↵ problem.” The project now boasts an international team of 20 students and a professional ↵ steering committee. Ultimately, the Button supports a full move to Open Access ↵ publishing, which is the free, immediately online availability of research ↵ articles along with the rights to fully re-use these articles. The data ↵ generated by the project will be a critical tool for advocates, politicians and ↵ government officials as the Open Access movement works to drive policy change. The money raised through the crowdfunding campaign will be used to fund the ↵ development of Button 2.0, and allow the project’s team to achieve their target ↵ of launching Button 2.0 during Open Access Week in October 2014. The ↵ crowdfunding campaign will run until May 29. More information about the Open Access Button can be found at ↵ www.openaccessbutton.org. The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign can be found here http://bit.ly/1eRE9Fr and ↵ a preview of the page before launch can be found here http://bit.ly/1i0BDwu Follow AT OA_Button on Twitter for project and crowdfunding campaign updates. ### About the Open Access Button The Open Access Button is a freely available browser bookmarklet that allows ↵ anyone to record when and where they hit article paywalls and are denied access ↵ to research. The tool generates valuable data on the international impact of ↵ closed access publishing. The Button provides a platform for advocates by ↵ placing lack of access to research into an accumulated and geographic context.
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