Update. Also see the post (11/4/08) at the OA Day blog summarizing the successes of OA Day 2008 and anticipating OA Day 2009. Excerpt:
...The best way to sum up the positive feedback that we’ve received about the day is through this simple fact. We asked the 120 organizations who signed up to participate in the day, who originated from more than 27 countries, whether they would participate again next year - 90% said YES.
Then we (the organizers of Open Access Day: PLoS, SPARC and Students for Free Culture) asked ourselves whether we felt that we’d achieved our goal which was:
“To broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access, including recent mandates and emerging policies, within the international higher education community and the general public.”
Our answer was also a resounding YES. Although next year we’ll encourage participants to organize their activities at any point during “Open Access Week” to ease scheduling headaches, we’ll bring some more international folks into our organizational team, we’re seeking a technology partner, and we’ll give greater advanced notice of the next event!
We are pleased to announce that next year’s Open Access Week will be in October 2009, dates to be confirmed. To hear about the latest development please complete this form.
There were many different ways to measure the success of the 2008 day apart from the level of participation. Here are just a few of them:
• An explosion of new open access materials and their organization – not only did we create many new resources for the day but the good folks at the Open Access Directory compiled a Wiki to help organize much of the world’s material into an easy-to-use source.
We’d like to make next years’ event in October 2009 bigger and better than ever. To hear about the latest developments, please complete this form.
Peter Suber at 11/05/2008 11:11:00 AM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.