Posted by: bluesyemre | June 25, 2013

Who Really, Really Wants Open Access?


  • By some accounts, Open Access was a Bright Idea derived by David Willetts from last summer’s holiday reading – which coincided with the legacy of Sit Mark Walport’s pique at finding the Director of the Wellcome Trust could not access scientific reports of work funded by his organization. Future historians will, no doubt, explore how such myths simplify complex interactions between austerity, idealism, intellectual property rights and markets for knowledge. As Sir Mark gets his feet under the table as Government Chief Scientist and the Minister selects his reading for this summer, however, it may be a good moment to take stock of the situation as it affects the social sciences and humanities.

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