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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Video interviews released for OA Day

PLoS and SPARC release new "Voices of Open Access" video series, press release, October 14, 2008.

A new video series presents six unique perspectives on the importance of Open Access to research across the higher education community and beyond. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the organizers of the first Open Access Day with Students for Free Culture, today released the series of one-minute videos capturing why teachers, patient advocates, librarians, students, research funders, and physician scientists are committed to Open Access.

The “Voices of Open Access” series defines Open Access as a fundamental component of a new system for exchanging scholarly research results, where: health is transformed; research outputs are maximized to their fullest extent; efficiencies in the research process enable faster discoveries; the best science is made possible; young people are inspired; access transcends the wealth of the institution; cost savings are realized across the research process; and medical research conducted for the public good is made available to everyone who needs it. ...

The series introduces:

  • Barbara Stebbins, science teacher at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley
  • Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, London, U.K.
  • Sharon Terry, CEO and President of the Genetic Alliance, Washington, DC
  • Ida Sim, Associate Professor and a practicing physician at the University of California, San Francisco
  • Diane Graves, University Librarian for Trinity University, San Antonio
  • Andre Brown, PhD student, University of Pennsylvania

The series was created by filmmakers Karen Rustad and Matt Agnello.

The videos are available for the public to view, download, and repurpose under a CC-BY license at ...

The Voices of Open Access Series is launched in conjunction with the first Open Access Day and the fifth anniversary of the launch of PLoS Biology, the flagship biology journal from the Public Library of Science. ...