What is Open Access to Research?-Scholarly Communications - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, February 11, 2008

What is Open Access to Research?

Peter Suber
Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

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Dr. Suber will describe open access, the simple idea with complex ramifications that is transforming the dissemination of science and scholarship. He'll discuss some of its history, including its recent successes, and explain why it's compatible with peer review, how we'll pay for it, why it doesn't violate copyright law, and why it will benefit authors at least as much as readers. Co-sponsored by Authors' Rights & Wrongs, Digital Libraries Colloquium, and Carnegie Mellon's University Lectures Series.

Dr. Suber is Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge, and a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and a J.D., both from Northwestern University. He writes the Open Access News weblog and the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, was the principal drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and sits on the Advisory Board of The European Library, the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation, the Steering Committee of the Scientific Information Working Group of the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society, and the boards of several other groups devoted to open access, scholarly communication, and the information commons. He has been active in promoting open access for many years through his research, speaking, and writing. For more information, see his home page.