MIT’s Open Access policy, one year later

A year after MIT faculty adopted a policy to open access to their scholarly articles, many publishers of scholarly journals have confirmed support of their efforts, and more than 850 articles have been added to the MIT Open Access articles collection in the Libraries’ digital repository, DSpace@MIT, where they are freely available on the Web.

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Read the Working with MIT Faculty Open Access Policy page.

Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

Tim Berners-Lee at TED 2010 University: “The year open data went worldwide but we have only just started”.

At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for “raw data now” — for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web.

At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up. Each of the examples he uses are great but the particular story of how the world came together to map Haiti after the earthquake is inspirational.

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Barbara Fister speaks up about the Repairing the Post-Ownership Library | Peer to Peer Review
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Barbara Fister a librarian and author at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN had a few things to say after listening to Randy Bass, professor of English and director of the Visible Knowledge Project at Georgetown University. She wrote in Library Journal yesterday, “[Librarian’s] need to solve the ownership problem by doing away with ownership. We need open access… It’s in our hands. Let’s take a deep breath and act collectively to redesign the system. ” Read more of her thoughts at

Why Open Access Matters [HD]

Sharon Terry, Patient Advocate from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

This is one video from an excellent series of videos on the benefits of Open Access by PLoS.
There are several videos in this series discussing OA from the community angle.

PLoS stands for the Public Library of Science and rhymes with floss. As Carl Zimmer, a science writer for the New York Times said, “PLoS is now a real powerhouse in the world of scientific literature”. PLoS is committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.