Sunday, March 16, 2008

What is Open Access, Anyhow?

On February 29, 2008, Rick Luce, Emory University, presented the talk “What is Open Access, Anyhow” at the SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) U.S. Focal Meeting at the University of California at Berkeley. Luce contends that it is now time for real action and true commitment by scholars: “It is now widely accepted that the commitment of scholars is essential for bringing forward the desired change. . . Let’s stop pointing fingers, stop looking for the perfect formula – seize the opportunity to take control, be an active shareholder in owning part of the communication of science.” He ends his talk by reiterating something he wrote almost ten years earlier in April, 1998: “We must do much more that aggregate and provide access to scientific digital information . . .Our job now is to wire people’s brains together so that sharing, reasoning, and collaboration become part of everyday work”

A video of Rick Luce’s talk is available at

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