What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) Week has passed, but we like to encourage people to continue to learn and understand the concept.  OA can be confusing, and so PhD Comics has partnered with The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) to produce a video,  What is Open Access?, to help us all understand it better…

An OA definition supported by SPARC is the one from The Budapest Open Access Initiative and reads as follow: “By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”

You know that OA is my soapbox issue.  I believe that information is the single most empowering commodity on the face of this earth.  Making it available to everyone regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other characteristic you can think to name here can only be a good thing…  So it’s worth knowing more about how to make information available to everyone.  My two cents.



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