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1 Alma Swan Key Perspectives Ltd Truro, UK Rethinking the University after Bologna: New Concepts and Practices beyond Tradition and the Market UCSIA Interdisciplinary Conference 12 th – 13 th of December 2008 University of Antwerp

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4  Enabling and encouraging intellectual endeavour  Scholarship for its own worth  Collaborative spirit in the furtherance of society  Collegiate view of the academic community worldwide Key Perspectives Ltd

5  Bayh-Dole  Governments requiring universities to exploit IP  Encouraged an attitude of risk-taking (which is not a core value of the academy)  Fostered a spirit of competition between academic institutions (a serious one)  Funding “linked to strategic priorities and specific outcomes rather than philanthropy” (Wellings)  Loss of the public service model  “Lofty ideal became lowly ambition” (Macdonald)  Secrecy transcended sharing  Compromise of the commons Key Perspectives Ltd

6  Knowledge created in the academy was disseminated as effectively as possible by scholarly societies and university presses  Base values:  Collaboration and cooperation  Sharing  Societal benefit Key Perspectives Ltd

7  Relinquished to commercial publishers (N.B. are they entrepreneurial and risk-taking?)  Even academy publishers are now largely ‘commercial’  Values: Commons became ownership  Ownership is outside the academy  Permissions, rights, restrictions….  Compromising research efficacy  Diminishing the public good *Armbruster Key Perspectives Ltd

8 “The mission of our University is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge.” Key Perspectives Ltd

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10  Immediate  Free (to use)  Free (of restrictions)  Access to the peer-reviewed literature (and data): circa 25,000 journals  Not vanity publishing  Not a ‘stick anything up on the Web’ approach  Moving scholarly communication into the Web Age Key Perspectives Ltd

11  Benefits to researchers themselves  Benefits to institutions  Benefits to national economies  Benefits to science and society  N.B. It was the funders who saw this first Key Perspectives Ltd

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13 “The mission of our University is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge.” Key Perspectives Ltd

14 PoliciesMandates CurrentProposed Institutional Departmental 24 Multi-institutional 4 Funder 7305 Totals Key Perspectives Ltd

15  Group of universities that wish to further Open Access and improve scholarly communication  Share those core values of dissemination and maximising the public good  Chair: Professor Bernard Rentier, rector of the University of Liège  Open to all institutions who subscribe to its values and aims  No longer just Europe (we need a new name!)  Membership is at senior management level  Contact: Alma Swan Key Perspectives Ltd

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