Monday, March 17, 2008

boyd on why open access is the way of the future

I wrote this before I took my short break.

danah boyd, who blogs at Apophenia, explains why she is boycotting locked-down academic journals and provides a nice list of solutions to implement open access. This is a nice simple look at the issue, when compared to a few discussions in librarianship that tend to get too technical. Only issue for me with Ms. boyd's remarks: It's going to take a lot of will on the part of scholars to make it work. Until people find the guts to actually boycott the companies that exploit the free labor of scholars for profit and until scholars have the will to actually recognize open access publications, Ms. boyd's ideas may remain nothing but a dream. So, find some willpower and make it happen.

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