If you’re a scholarly and scientific author and you think the open access movement is irrelevant to your interests, think again.
It often seems that it is taken for granted that open access will accelerate scientific discovery, but how would we evaluate this? Do we even know that it is true?
Funders have shifted their focus, and are funding, investing in, or launching initiatives that compete with publishers and constrain researchers. What changed?
What, if anything, should be done about the fact that the Open Access movement embraces not only a variety of definitions of the term “open access,” but also a diversity of visions as to what constitutes an acceptable future for access to scholarship?
As costs for higher education outstrip increases in federal and other grants, entrepreneurs — digital and otherwise — are entering the fray with innovative solutions.
Two major open data initiatives pose the same questions — Are data inherently useful? Can sites connect data with an audience of users to make it matter?