Today is the world’s the first- ever Open Access day, celebrating the growth of international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked archives, libraries, online databases, information flow in general, that once hid and restricted knowledge.
One of the definitions of ‘open’ denotes ‘a piece of knowledge is open if you re free to use, reuse, and redistribute it.” The concept of open access has already started to spread rapidly beyond its original roots in academia and software. Other statements encourage the unstrict sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society.
Open Access is the principle that publicly funded research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication, and it’s gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it.
The Open Access philosophy was firmly articulated in 2002, when the Budapest Open Access Initiative was introduced. It quickly took root in the scientific and medical communities because it offered an alternative route to research literature that was frequently closed off behind costly subscription barriers.
Founders and promoters who jointly announced the first international Open Access Day, that is marked with lot of events, locally and internationally, are SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science. To see a list of participating countries, universities, campuses, visit the Open Access Day Web site. Also, you can participate in synchroblogging competiton by posting on some of the questions.
I have been writing, talking, preaching about open access of e-resources, software, movement, issues (oh, so many times) on conferences and in practice being as one of the editors of E-LIS/E-prints open access archives, and still believe that OA can make a difference in the publishing world, academia and the freedom of information.
How are you contributing to Open Access, today and every other day during the year? What do you do to support Open Access?