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Here's a sampling of what people were writing about on Open Access Day, in no particular order:
What Open Access Means to Me, Plausible Accuracy, October 14, 2008.
Kate, Open Access Day, a k8, a cat, a mission., October 14, 2008.
... Open access would make [scientific] information available to everyone. But it would also open up a whole new population of people who can criticize peer-reviewed research, who can have conversations about it, who can become experts in their own right. Given access to information, every person can be a scholar. Every person can generate hypotheses and test them with the literature; every person can comment on research and its validity. We all have good human minds, and I do not believe that some minds are better than others. It makes sense to make all this information accessible so that we can all learn together.Fiona Bradley, Happy Open Access Day!, Semantic Library, October 14, 2008.
Michael E. Smith, Open Access Day, Publishing Archaeology, October 14, 2008.
... Research that is done by scholars without monetary compensation should be freely available to the research community. This is based on the notions that there are communities of scholars and that research works best when information is freely shared within the relevant communities. The fact that commercial publishers get rich on our research by restricting access to it really steams me. ...Mike Caulfield, Happy Open Access Day!, OpenCourseWare blog, October 14, 2008.
... You need only to flip through the reading lists of OCW courses to see why OA is a crucial part of the OER ecosystem. When producing courseware, courseware creators have to include in their reading lists many articles that are not freely available. While it may be trivial for a student enrolled at an institution to get these materials via the library, or some firewalled electronic repository, for many users of OpenCourseWare, the lack of access is a show-stopper.