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Monday, October 22, 2007

OA as an unprecedented public good

Heather Morrison, Open access as an Unprecedented Public Good: The Transformative Potential of the Internet for Scholarship and Society, a presentation prepared for Internet Research 8.0 (Vancouver, October 17-20, 2007).

Abstract:   This brief presentation introduces open access as one illustration of the transformative potential of the internet. Open access is defined, and the two basic approaches to open access (publishing and archiving). The extent of open access today, and its dramatic growth, are reviewed, using the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), with over 2,800 journals and a growth rate of 1.2 new titles per calendar day and OAIster, with 13.6 million items in 896 repositories and a 42% growth rate over the past year, as illustrations. E-LIS is discussed, as one example of an open access archive. E-LIS is a global collection, with contributions from many countries and in many languages. E-LIS is also a global collaboration, with its team of volunteer editors from around the world. The author discusses her scholarly blog, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, specifically the series on Creative Globalization. An example is highlighted, a blogpost on the idea that developing countries may have more incentive to find cost-efficient solutions, and that this would be a very good reason for people in developed countries to pay more attention to the work of researchers in developing countries. Note: this presentation was prepared and the powerpoint sent (without the notes), but not delivered in person due to a last-minute family emergency.