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Your signature is wanted for open access petition to the White House

May 24, 2012 - 18:37 -- Tom Olijhoek

HELP TO MAKE OPEN ACCESS A WORLDWIDE  STANDARD FOR PUBLISHING SCIENCE

A very important point to make about this campaign is that THE PETITION CAN BE SIGNED BY ANYONE over 13 years in age with an email address, and from all parts of the world. So by signing this petition YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. The more signatures there are , the louder the message will be and the more chance there will be for rapid change.

If you are willing to sign the petition please go to the website access2research and follow the directives. Alternatively you can go direct to the WEthePEOPLE website.

Please sign and tell your colleagues, family, friends that they can sign too.

How easy can YOU find the information you need?

February 20, 2012 - 12:31 -- Tom Olijhoek

A new website has just been launched where people can tell their personal stories on how they have benefitted from access to research, or suffered from the lack of it.  The new site is called Who needs access? You need access? has been developed by Mike Taylor who is an active member of the @ccess community.  Its goal is to tell stories of many different kinds of people — teachers, doctors, artists, politicians, entrepreneurs — who need access to research papers.

 

@CCESS AND OPEN ACCESS: A NEW INITIATIVE AIMED AT OFFERING ACCESS TO ALL INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE.

February 16, 2012 - 16:20 -- Tom Olijhoek

This month was the 10th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, considered by many as the start of the open access movement. In the past 10 years the term open access has come to mean a lot of different things. Publishers have been giving this label to very different kinds of open access. In many cases reading of the articles is all that is allowed but reuse and redistribution are often strictly forbidden. This is in marked contrast to the original definition of Open Access by the BOAI:

 

OPEN ACCESS TO PUBLICLY FUNDED RESEARCH: PUBLISHERS ARE ACTING UP

January 7, 2012 - 16:38 -- Tom Olijhoek

 While in Europe the European ‘s Commission Digital Agenda is paving the way for Open Access to publicly funded research data (Data Access ) and Publications (OpenAire plus), the political landscape in the US looks quite differently.

Information Obesity: Too Big Too Know and ways to deal with Open Access to everything

November 28, 2011 - 14:47 -- Tom Olijhoek
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 • Information is now a social asset and should be made public, for anyone to link, organize, and make more valuable.

• There’s no such thing as “too much” information. More information gives people the hooks to find what they need.

Open Access needs Open Education and Vice-Versa

October 13, 2011 - 13:38 -- Tom Olijhoek

 While one in six humans lives in abject poverty, half the world’s people live  in a state of knowledge deprivation, meaning that they cannot obtain  the basic knowledge or technologies necessary for a decent life, to raise their children, eat well, enjoy good health and improve their circumstances. They also lack the empowerment that goes with solving their own problems. (From: Open Science, CSIRO Publishing  2010)

Why Open Access 2.0 Ultimately Leads to Better Science

September 20, 2011 - 09:15 -- Tom Olijhoek

Apart from all the other arguments in favour of open access there may be two less obvious reasons to support it. These reasons are that it may contribute to better science by counter-acting the publication bias in the current publication system, and by discouraging selective publishing on the part of the author.

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