RB 206: Unlocking Research

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Disseminating knowledge was once a costly undertaking. The expenses of printing, distributing, and housing the work of researchers and scholars left most research in the hands of publishers, journals, and institutions in a system that has evolved over centuries. And the licensing model that has arisen with that system butts heads with the quick, simple, and virtually free distribution system of the net.

The key to breaking free of the traditional licensing model locking up research is the promise of the “Open Access” movement. And the movement has already made significant strides. Over the summer the United Kingdom was enticed enough by the potential for greater innovation and growth of knowledge to propose Open Access for any research supported by government funds.

But Open Access still remains a wonky, hard to understand subject.

Today, Peter Suber — Director of the Harvard Open Access Project — shares insights with David Weinberger from his new guide to distilling Open Access, called simply Open Access.

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Reference Section:
Find the preface and the first chapter via the homepage for the book.
The UK announces their Open Access initiative
The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses some of the complexities surrounding implementation of Open Access
Peter Suber will be speaking about Open Access in Cambridge on 11 September 2012

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This week’s episode produced and edited by Daniel Dennis Jones and Frances Harlow, with help from Royze Adolfo, Hilda Barasa, and Amar Ashar.

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  1. Hat Tip: David Weinberger interviews open access advocate Peter Suber « Omega Alpha | Open Access

    August 17, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

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    [...] interview is just over 28 minutes long, and is well worth a listen. Share this:Like this:LikeBe the first to [...]

  2. Justin

    August 17, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

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    Good point, but the rub is getting decision makers in Congress to understand “wonky” subjects. I am a Harvard grad but I live in Panama and most lawmakers here understand the importance of growing knowledge. Not so sure about the States anymore.

  3. MediaBerkman blogs about an interview with Peter Suber

    August 18, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

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  4. Wandspiegel

    August 27, 2012 @ 7:19 am

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    where can I buy this book???

  5. MastroTek Website Design

    August 29, 2012 @ 9:37 am

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    Getting our law makers to do anything in the name of advancing technology is a joke. One day hopefully The politicians and corporations of the world will really make Open Access a priority.

  6. Agen Bola Online

    August 29, 2012 @ 11:41 am

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    Good point, but the rub is getting decision makers in Congress to understand “wonky” subjects. I am a Harvard grad but I live in Panama and most lawmakers here understand the importance of growing knowledge. Not so sure about the States anymore.

  7. Bac2013

    September 6, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

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    need this book! how could i buy it?

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