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[BOAI] The Open Access Interviews: John Willinsky
From: "Richard Poynder" <richard.poynder AT cantab.net>
Born in Toronto, Ontario, John Willinsky taught school for 8 years before taking a doctorate in the study of education, and subsequently became a professor of education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In 2008, he moved to Stanford where he is currently the Khosla Family Professor in the Graduate School of Education. Willinsky's interest in what later became known as open access began in 1998, with his efforts to bring the evidence of research to bear on local journalism. He quickly realised, however, that his ambitions were significantly challenged by the fact that most scholarly journals required a subscription to read, and many had yet to move online. So he shifted focus, and instead began trying to convince journals and conferences that they should go online, in the hope that this would enable greater public access to research. To help persuade editors and journals to make the move he founded the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which subsequently evolved into a partnership with the Simon Fraser University Library and Stanford University. PKP's first project was to develop an open source publishing platform called Open Journal Systems (OJS). This proved hugely successful, and by 2013 around 8,000 journals were actively using OJS as their online publishing platform. PKP has gone on to develop a portfolio of other open source tools as well, including Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems and Open Harvester Systems. In 2006 Willinsky published one of the key texts of the open access movement - The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship. The Access Principle, explains Willinsky was an attempt to establish open access as a worthy topic of scholarly treatment. "I wanted to assert that this was not simply a side line, like choosing the title of a journal, but really was part of what it meant to do research and scholarship, part of what it meant to claim to be producing knowledge for the benefit of the world." An interview with John Willinsky can be read here: <http://poynder.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-open-access-interviews-john.html> http://poynder.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-open-access-interviews-john.html
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