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Monday, January 08, 2007

What the Canadian government can do for OA

Michael Geist, Time's choice could prove inspired, Toronto Star, January 8, 2007.  Excerpt:

The [Canadian] federal government can also play an important role by improving Canadians' access to the content it controls or helps fund. There are a surprising number of possibilities, each of which can be implemented at minimal cost and without new legislation:

  • Elimination of crown copyright, the archaic rules that grants government control over taxpayer-funded work.
  • Introduction of open access requirements for federally-funded research to help leverage the hundreds of millions of dollars invested in federal granting institutions for health, science, and social science research.
  • Establishment of new incentives in book publishing and television production funding programs to encourage open business models....