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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wikimedia Foundation wants research about its projects to be OA

The Wikimedia Foundation has posted a draft document (started April 7), "Wikimedia Foundation Research Goals" (see the current revision as of this post or the latest revision). The purpose of the document is to "articulate the key areas and broad questions related to Wikipedia and other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, which the Wikimedia Foundation would like to see investigated by reputable research organizations." Under "Research conditions", the document states:

Research efforts supported by the Wikimedia Foundation generally should meet the following conditions, which we consider best practice:

  • Promoting Open Access: The resulting research paper should be freely available online in perpetuity. Our preference is for all research and data to be published under a free content license. ...