2008 Plenary II

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Plenary II: Open Access: From the Budapest Open to Harvard's Addendum

Open Access is free, immediate, full-text, online access (web-wide) to digital scientific and scholarly materials, primarily articles published in peer-review journals. The Budapest Open Access Initiative of 2002 provided the impetus for and defined OA. This was followed in mid-2003 with the Bethesda Statement on OA publishing and soon after in the Fall of 2003 with the Berlin Open Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. Since then, a heated debate has arisen on the subject among librarians, university administrators, funding agencies, government, scholars, researchers, learned societies, and scholarly publishers. Two prominent international voices will address where we stand on OA today.

Stevan Harnad is a cognitive scientist and currently holds the Canada Chair in Cognitive Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has been involved with the OA movement since the beginning and has been described as an "archivangelist." He will give a general overview of the case for OA as well as a brief history of the movement. He will also explain what Green and Gold OA mean and how OA is being advanced today in various ways, including the recent Harvard OA initiative.

Stanley Katz, Director, Centre for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, will describe what the universities and the federal government are doing to threaten the core intellectual property rights that sustain the work traditionally done by learned societies and academic presses. He will also deal with the questions: what are the implications of Harvard's proposed website containing all articles written by its faculty? How do calls for "free public access" to the sources on the American founding impact on the publishers of the papers of the Founding Fathers? Is there, after all, such a thing as "free lunch?"

Read Prof. Katz's talk.

View Prof. Harnad's presentation.

Moderator: Sandy Thatcher, Director, Penn State University Press.


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