Supporters of Open Access to knowledge will be happy to note that today, Oct 14th, is the first ever “Open Access Day”. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science are the founding partners for this initiative to focus on the international movement that is encouraging the unrestricted sharing of publicly funded research results for the further development and advancement of science and society.The basic principle behind Open Access is the removal of access barriers such as price and/or permissions of digital literature. With the digital age having firmly established itself, Open Access initiatives allow for a wider audience due to its easy accessibility and therefore wider dissemination of knowledge. An example of the usage of OA would be MIT’s OpenCourseWare.
More details about this Open Access Day can be found here
Closer home, in celebration of this, the Center for Culture, Media & Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi) and the Centre for Internet and Society (Bangalore) are jointly organising a meeting at Jamia Millia Islamia. Speakers include Prof. Andrew Lynn, Department of Bio-informatics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Prof. Subbiah Arunachalam, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Internet and Society.
More details are available at:
A map for those attending:
Happy Open Access Day to all !