Opening Up to Open Access: Part One

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Gavin Yamey on “Opening Up to Open Access: What Can Other Disciplines Learn from the Sciences?”

Download part one of the audio podcast (time: 1:17:38).

What can academics do to ensure that their research results are included in the growing “knowledge commons?” Gavin Yamey MD, Senior Editor of PLoS Medicine and Consulting Editor of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, shares his experiences in the open access movement and explores possible avenues for its expansion to other fields, with a focus on the social sciences and humanities.

The Public Library of Science, an international non-profit grassroots movement of scientists and physicians, is working to change the status quo by campaigning to make the biomedical literature a freely available global public good. PLoS now publishes 7 open access journals, and is urging traditional biomedical publishers to adopt more socially responsive practices. Will other fields follow in their footsteps?

This event is sponsored by the Berkman Center and Harvard College Free Culture and will take place Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm in Sever Hall Room 202 at Harvard University. It is a lead up event to the 2007 Internet & Society Conference, which will be held on the Harvard Campus on June 1, 2007.

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