By “open access” to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.
... [I]n particular, “availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, [or] pass them as data to software.” ... If you think about it, this sentence has implications that make OA materials perfect for linked data integration. It implies:
you have a stable, unique URL for the work
there isn’t a paywall or login requirement in front of the actual work
there isn’t any user agent discrimination—text in a Flash viewer need not apply (I’m looking at you, Scribd)
they’re in a format that’s useful as data; maybe [X]HTML?
So we have a growing corpus of information that’s ripe for markup with structured data. We’re doing a lot with embedded, structured [,linked] data right now at CC (things we need to do a better job talking about). I find it reassuring that the principles other efforts value mesh so well with what we’re doing.
Gavin Baker at 4/21/2009 05:43:00 PM.
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.