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Monday, April 28, 2008

OA progress in UK

Martin Whitaker, You pay... and now they display, The Guardian, April 22, 2008.
... Nottingham was the first UK university to set up an institutional open-access repository, making its research available online. That was seven years ago, but since then open access has grown significantly in higher education. Nottingham's Sherpa Project has helped create academic repositories in a host of research-led universities and today there are 118.

Bill Hubbard, the project's manager, forsees all publicly-funded research becoming available in this way within a decade. As the momentum for open access grows, he says, so it will reach a tipping point. "You remember the adoption of email? One year people were saying what's this techie thing - it will never catch on. A year later everybody was emailing like crazy. "I would expect that within the next 10 years, the use of repositories will be an expected and natural part of a researcher's work habits." ...