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Celebrate Open Access Week! October 22, 2009

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The first annual Open Access Week (which began this Monday, the 19th and ends on the 23rd), is a growing movement that started with a “day of action” in 2007. Openaccessweek.org is a site dedicated to the week and explains the exponentially growing movement in greater detail.

In short, the week and movement in general is a collaboration between colleges, universities, professional and academic organizations to make access to research freely searchable and accessible to all. The movement was started, in part, by the National Institutes of Health with it’s unprecedented completely free access to health publications in its database PubMed, many of which are full text.

Though most Open Access blogs, movements, sites, etc. tend to over look an important piece of legislation, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2007“, by President Bush, this was a landmark piece of legislation which required the National Institute of Health to include complete electronic versions of research findings in PubMed Central.

For those of you who are still unsure what exactly constitutes an Open Access Publication, Earlham College explains:

“An Open Access Publication is one that meets the following two conditions:

  1. The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship, as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving (for the biomedical sciences, PubMed Central is such a repository).

Want to know how you can join the fight? Add you signature to the Budapest Open Access Initiative here.

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