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[BOAI] Re: The Open Access Interviews: Paul Royster, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
From: Jean-Claude =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Gu=E9don?= <jean.claude.guedon AT umontreal.ca>
I would expect that most research, following in the scientific ethos patterns unearthed a long time ago by R. K. Merton, would strive for prestige, authority and visibility rather than money (directly - indirectly the first three terms will eventually translate into money anyway). This is what Merton called "disinterestedness". If I place ↵ my research in OA with a CC-by licence (or license, as the case may be), this is because I seek maximum visibility. If someone reproduces my CC-by work and sells it, it does not remove any visibility away from my OA work, quite the contrary. So, I am all for someone working hard to promote my work while making a few coins out of this effort. I never expected to make money from a research article in the first place. As for "owners of rights", i.e. publishers after the transfer of ↵ rights customary in publishing contracts, that is another matter. This is a business, and little else. Publishers are anything you want except researchers (with few exceptions, and I distinguish carefully publishers from editors here). -- Jean-Claude Guédon Professeur titulaire Littérature comparée Université de Montréal Le lundi 01 septembre 2014 à 13:40 +0100, Prof. T.D. Wilson a écrit : > The issue has not just arisen. There was a debate about it on this > forum when the idea of a SPARC award of some kind was mooted. I and > others pointed out that the CC BY criterion would be a licence for > others to benefit financially from OA without any recompense to the > copyright holder. I haven't seen much since about that award, perhaps > it died the death? > > > > Tom Wilson > > > > On 1 September 2014 09:40, Richard Poynder > <richard.poynder AT cantab.net> wrote: > > Paul Royster is proud of what he has achieved with his > institutional repository. Currently, it contains 73,000 > full-text items, of which more than 60,000 are freely > accessible to the world. This, says Royster, makes it the > second largest institutional repository in the US, and it > receives around 500,000 downloads per month, with around 30% > of those going to international users. > > > > Unsurprisingly, Royster always assumed that he was in the > vanguard of the OA movement, and that fellow OA advocates > attached considerable value to the work he was doing. > > > > All this changed in 2012, when he attended an open access > meeting organised by SPARC in Kansas City. At that meeting, he > says, he was startled to hear SPARC announce to delegates that > henceforth the sine qua non of open access is that a work has > to be made available with a CC BY licence or equivalent > attached. > > > > After the meeting Royster sought to clarify the situation with > SPARC, explaining the problems that its insistence on CC BY > presented for repository managers like him, since it is > generally not possible to make self-archived works available > on a CC BY basis (not least because the copyright will > invariably have been assigned to a publisher). Unfortunately, > he says, his concerns fell on deaf ears. > > > > The only conclusion Royster could reach is that the OA > movement no longer views what he is doing as open access. As > he puts it, “[O]ur work in promulgating Green OA (which > normally does not convey re-use rights) and our free-access > publishing under non-exclusive permission-to-publish (i.e., > non-CC) agreements was henceforth disqualified.” > > > > If correct, what is striking here is the implication that > institutional repositories can no longer claim to be providing > open access. > > > > In fact, if one refers to the most frequently cited > definitions of open access one discovers that what SPARC told > Royster would seem to be in order. Although it was written > before the Creative Commons licences were released, for > instance, the definition of open access authored by those who > launched the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) in 2001 > clearly seems to describe the same terms as those expressed in > the CC BY licence. > > > > What this means, of course, is that green OA does not meet the > requirements of the BOAI — even though BOAI cited green OA as > one of its “complementary strategies” for achieving open > access. > > > > Since most of the OA movement’s claimed successes are green > successes this is particularly ironic. But given this, is it > not pure pedantry to worry about what appears to be a logical > inconsistency at the heart of the OA movement? No, not in > light of the growing insistence that only CC BY will do. If > nothing else, it is alienating some of the movement’s best > allies — people like Paul Royster for instance. > > > > “I no longer call or think of myself as an advocate for ‘open > access,’ since the specific definition of that term excludes > most of what we do in our repository,” says Royster. “I used > to think the term meant ‘free to access, download, and store > without charge, registration, log-in, etc.,’ but I have been > disabused of that notion.” > > > > For that reason, he says, “My current attitude regarding OA is > to step away and leave it alone; it does some good, despite > what I see as its feet of clay. I am not ‘against’ it, but I > don't feel inspired to promote a cause that makes the > repositories second-class members.” > > > > How could this strange state of affairs have arisen? And why > has it only really become an issue now, over a decade after > the BOAI definition was penned? > > > > More here: > ↵ http://poynder.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-open-access-interviews-paul-royster.html > > > > > > > > -- > To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: > http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/boai-forum > > > > > > > > -- > > ↵ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > > T.D. Wilson, PhD (Sheffield), PhD, h.c.(Gothenburg), PhD, > h.c.(Murcia), > > Professor Emeritus, University of Sheffield > > Publisher and Editor in Chief: Information Research > http://informationr.net/ir/ > E-mail: t.d.wilson AT shef.ac.uk > ↵ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ > > > > -- > To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: > http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/boai-forum
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