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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gavin Baker presentation on OA

Gavin Baker, Sustaining Scholarship:  The Case for Open Access Academic Literature, a presentation at Florida State University, October 14-16, 2007.

Abstract:   Sustainability in the knowledge society requires the use of knowledge and information based on the principle of sustainability.  As with physical resources, sustainable management of knowledge and information relies upon a proper valuation of the commons. One resource with a convincing case for being managed as a commons is the body of academic knowledge. The scholarly output of the world’s academics, particularly journal literature, is dedicated to the advancement of human knowledge. The Internet allows the unprecedented transmission of this knowledge at close to zero marginal cost. This situation creates remarkable new possibilities. Academics are increasingly realizing this opportunity, in what is termed the open access movement. However, there remains a need for further awareness and implementation. In this field report, I describe the status of the open access movement, examine the questions facing free scholarship, and explore the consequences for social sustainability.