[open-science] [Open-access] BOAI10 - Recommendations for Open Access

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Wed Sep 12 21:26:00 UTC 2012

Very exciting news!

We've just blogged about this here:


All the best,


On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM, cameronneylon.net <cn at cameronneylon.net> wrote:
> From Melissa Hagemann at the Open Society Foundations:
> Dear friends,
> The BOAI10 Recommendations will be released at 11am EDT. Here are the
> relevant links:
> Press Release for BOAI10 Recommendations
> http://www.soros.org/press-releases/scientists-foundations-libraries-universities-and-advocates-unite-and-issue-new
> Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative: setting the default
> to open (2012)
> http://www.soros.org/openaccess/boai-10-recommendations
> BOAI10 Meeting Participants
> http://www.soros.org/openaccess/participants
> BOAI10 Translations (so far we have three with three more to come soon)
> http://www.soros.org/openaccess/boai-10-translations
> Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002)
> http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read
> I’ve also pasted a plain copy of the release below if this is easier to
> share with discussion forums. Please circulate the release to your press
> contacts and through your social networks. Also, please let me know if you
> see anything that needs fixing!
> This has been a long journey and we would like to thank all of your hard
> work!!
> All the best,
> Melissa
> ********************
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2012
> CONTACT: Andrea Higginbotham, SPARC, andrea at arl.org; 202-296-2296
> Amy Weil, Open Society Foundations, aweil at sorosny.org; 212-548-0381
> Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and
> Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online
> WASHINGTON -- In response to the growing demand to make research free and
> available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse
> coalition today issued new guidelines
> (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/boai-10-recommendations) that could usher
> in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health.
> The recommendations were developed by leaders of the Open Access movement
> (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/participants), which has worked for the
> past decade to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to
> scholarly research—much of which is publicly funded. Making the research
> publicly available to everyone—free of charge and without most copyright and
> licensing restrictions—will accelerate scientific research efforts and allow
> authors to reach a larger number of readers.
> “The reasons to remove restrictions as far as possible are to share
> knowledge and accelerate research. Knowledge has always been a public good
> in a theoretical sense. Open Access makes it a public good in practice,”
> said professor Peter Suber, director of the Open Access Project at Harvard
> University and a senior researcher at SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and
> Academic Resources Coalition).
> The Open Access recommendations include the development of Open Access
> policies in institutions of higher education and in funding agencies, the
> open licensing of scholarly works, the development of infrastructure such as
> Open Access repositories and creating standards of professional conduct for
> Open Access publishing. The recommendations also establish a new goal of
> achieving Open Access as the default method for distributing new
> peer-reviewed research in every field and in every country within ten years’
> time.
> “Science and scholarship are activities funded from the public purse because
> society believes they will lead to a better future in terms of our health,
> environment, and culture,” said Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC.
> “Anything that maximises the efficacy and efficiency of research benefits
> every one of us. Open Access is a major tool in that quest. These new
> recommendations will underpin future developments in communicating the
> results of research over the next decade.”
> Today, Open Access is increasingly recognized as a right rather than an
> abstract ideal. The case for rapid implementation of Open Access continues
> to grow. Open Access benefits research and researchers; increases the return
> to taxpayers on their investment in research; and amplifies the social value
> of research, funding agencies, and research institutions.
> The Open Access recommendations are the result of a meeting hosted earlier
> this year by the Open Society Foundations, on the tenth anniversary of the
> landmark Budapest Open Access Initiative
> (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read), which first defined Open Access.
> “Foundations rarely have the good fortune to be actively present at the
> birth of a world-wide movement that fundamentally changes the rules of the
> game and provides immediate benefit to the world,” said István Rév, director
> of the Open Society Archives and a member of the Open Society Foundations
> Global Board. “This is what happened when the Open Society Foundations
> initiated a meeting at the end of 2001 that gave birth to the Open Access
> movement.”
> ###
> SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC
> Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800
> academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of
> scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher
> partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is
> on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc.
> The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies
> whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working with local
> communities in more than 100 countries, the Open Society Foundations support
> justice and human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health
> and education. The Open Society Foundations is on the Web at
> http://www.soros.org.
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Jonathan Gray

Head of Community
The Open Knowledge Foundation


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