Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Value of Open Access

This video provides an interesting description of and makes a very convincing case for open access in terms of efficiency, cost, and widespread distribution of information. The presenters explain the process of publishing scientific works in an engaging and understandable manner. And while it is presented mainly from an academic point of view, it still applies to other areas of publishing, particularly as more and more authors self-publish through vanity presses, print on demand services, or directly to the web. Open access doesn't mean a free for all, but a rational method of accessing information that should be easily available, especially when much of the work is funded by taxpayers.

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