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1 Open Access: the Discipline of Public Knowledge Leslie Carr ECS, Southampton

2 Excitement of New Technology… New century brings the maturity of a new technology for the storage and dissemination of information. Scholars and scientists debating the potential for collections of all the world’s knowledge reproduced and made available for individual researchers.

3 …but we’ve been here before Twentieth century Microphotography Television

4 Paul Otlet, Belgian lawyer Introduced US 3"x5" library card to Europe Traité de Documentation (1934) –the systematic organisation of all knowledge and thought Mundanaeum: 15 million index card bibliographic index, 1 million documents and images, classified and searchable. Use of item became part of the bibliographic record. Content interlinked.

5 H. G. Wells, World Brain: The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia, Encyclopédie Française, August, 1937 Encyclopaedias of the past sufficed for the needs of a cultivated minority –universal education was unthought of –gigantic increase in recorded knowledge –more gigantic growth in the numbers of human beings requiring accurate and easily accessible information

6 Permanent World Encyclopaedia Discontent with the role of universities and libraries in the intellectual life of mankind Universities multiply but do not enlarge their scope –thought & knowledge organization of the world No obstacle to the creation of an efficient index to all human knowledge, ideas and achievements

7 Vannevar Bush, As We May Think Atlantic Monthly, July 1945 Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development in USA, coordinating 6,000 American scientists during WW2 Make our ‘bewildering store’ of knowledge more accessible “For many years inventions have extended man’s physical powers rather than the powers of his mind.”

8 The Memex The Memex (never built) was to be a mechanised device to allow a library user to –consult all kinds of written material –organize it in any way the user wanted –add private comments and link documents together at will. – A personal library station which held all written articles and journals on microfilm. –system of levers allowed users to add links –create trails

9 Otlet, Wells, Bush, Berners-Lee An historic theme of organising and disseminating the world’s knowledge through innovation and technology –Otlet : a manually curated repository –Wells : a centralised, managed global knowledge repository to combat fragmenting academic authority. –Bush : a cross-disciplinary scholarly paradigm to combat fragmenting scientific knowledge. –Berners-Lee : a distributed communications system to enable international collaboration

10 Open Access A current movement for organising and disseminating the world’s knowledge through innovation and technology

11 Open Access: the Problem Universities and researchers are knowledge producers and knowledge consumers Scholarly communications have been outsourced Literally nothing to show as evidence of research activities researcherspublishers read write

12 Possible Culprit 1960s Robbins Report / expansion of higher education & expansion of science budget After the war Robert Maxwell decided to publish scientific journals and set up Pergamon Press which was quickly and hugely profitable. (BBC News) Up to this point, journal publishing was done by university presses and scholarly societies The New Demand made for a very profitable system - with an increasing number of commercial publishers moving into STM.

13 The Literature: As We Imagine Integrated Available

14 The Literature: As It Is Inaccessible Disjoint

15 The Twin Peaks Problem 24,000 journals with 2,500,000 articles/yr Access Have-Nots Harvards financial firewalls Impact

16 The Budapest Open Access Initiative Old tradition of scholarly publishing + New technology of the Internet = Public good: free and unrestricted access to peer-reviewed journal literature Budapest, December 2001

17 Open Access Strategies Green: Self-ArchivingGreen: Self-Archiving –Journal processes continue as normal –Authors deposit a copy of their papers into an ‘open access repository’ –Public copy is a supplement to the publishers official article for those who can’t afford a subscription –Also an institutional record of its work for sharing, reuse, marketing etc Gold: PublishingGold: Publishing –Journal changes business model –Readers no longer pay to read –Instead, authors pay to publish –or their funders

18 Refereed “Post-Print” Accepted, Certified, Published by Journal Impact cycle begins: Research is done Researchers write pre-refereeing “Pre-Print” Submitted to Journal Pre-Print reviewed by Peer Experts – “Peer- Review” Pre-Print revised by article’s Authors Researchers can access the Post-Print if their university has a subscription to the Journal Months New impact cycles: New research builds on existing research

19 Researchers can access the Post-Print if their university has a subscription to the Journal Refereed “Post-Print” Accepted, Certified, Published by Journal Impact cycle begins : Research is done Researchers write pre-refereeing “Pre-Print” Submitted to Journal Pre-Print reviewed by Peer Experts – “Peer-Review” Pre-Print revised by article’s Authors Pre-Print is self- archived in University’s Eprint Archive Post-Print is self- archived in University’s Eprint Archive Months New impact cycles: Self-archived research impact is greater (and faster) because access is maximized (and accelerated) GREEN Open Access

20 Open Access Advantage OA increases citations Full bibliography, see

21 EA: Early Advantage: Self-archiving preprints before publication hastens and increases usage and citations (higher-quality articles benefit more: top 20% of articles receive 80% of citations) QA: Quality Advantage: Self-archiving postprints immediately upon publication hastens and increases usage and citations (higher-quality articles benefit more) UA: Usage Advantage: Self-archiving increases downloads (higher-quality articles benefit more) (CA: Competitive Advantage): OA/non-OA advantage (CA disappears at 100%OA, but very important today!) (QB: Quality Bias): Higher-quality articles are self- selectively self-archived more (QB disappears at 100%OA) Contributors to the OA Advantage EA + QA + UA + (CA) + (QB)

22 Repositories & Green OA Open Archiving Initiative - October 1999 –Agreed OAI-PMH for metadata sharing –(2008 OAI-ORE for data exchange) Among the Participants –Paul Ginsparg (arXiv) –Carl Lagoze (NCSTRL) –Stevan Harnad (Cogprints) EPrints –proposed as a ‘build your own repository’ solution –enable institutions and groups to participate in OAI metadata sharing initiative

23 Example Repository A repository for a school of Electronics and Computer Science. It achieves % full text self-deposit

24 Stevan Harnad, Les Carr OpCit International DLI Project Proposal (1999) Fast Forward to Open Access The Optimal and Inevitable for Researchers. –The entire full-text refereed corpus online –On every researcher’s desktop, everywhere –24 hours a day –All papers citation-interlinked –Fully searchable, navigable, retrievable –For free, for all, forever

25 Problems with Green OA ECS repository, 11,000 records, 4,000 full text, % open access to our research output. Average repository, 300 items, 200 full text, negligible research output Recent NIH request for OA achieved 4% compliance

26 Problems with Gold OA Relies on publishers changing their business model Scientific publishing is very lucrative (18% profits) Gold publishers making slow advances.

27 Retaking Responsibility Result is that universities further abdicated on their Wellsian responsibilities –Knowledge dissemination outsourced –Ownership of research materials given away Scholarly communications now largely in the hands of commercial concerns ? Is this a bad thing? What are the economic models for long-term management of knowledge? Was Wells hopelessly utopian? OA vs anti-capitalism? ? Is this a bad thing? What are the economic models for long-term management of knowledge? Was Wells hopelessly utopian? OA vs anti-capitalism?

28 Role of the Repository Who takes responsibility for curating the knowledge of the world? Back to OA & repositories - we do! The Institutional repository is a place where the members of an institution can curate their intellectual outputs / knowledge capital –Share –Use –Reuse The real Web revolution of ubiquitous knowledge will arrive.


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