[tdwg-lit] wiki on open access movement

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Tue May 6 09:01:36 CEST 2008

Attached a brief description of the new Open Acces Directory, a resource on
Open Access. I think this is helpful, because we will not succeed with our
effort to build a global biodiversity heritage libray which is up to date
with the last new publication, unless our community moves to and adopts open
access as a standard.s






Open Access Directory: A wiki to organize information about the open access

Boston, April 30, 2008.  Peter Suber and Robin Peek have launched the Open
Access Directory (OAD), a wiki where the open access community can create
and maintain simple factual lists about open access to science and
scholarship. Suber, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College,
and Peek, an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at
Simmons College, conceived the project in order to collect OA-related lists
for one-stop reference and searching. 

The wiki will start operating with about half a dozen lists --for example,
conferences devoted to open access, discussion forums devoted to open
access, and journal "declarations of independence"-- and add more over time.

The goal is to harness the knowledge and energy of the open access community
itself to enlarge and correct the lists. A list on a wiki, revised
continuously by its users, can be more comprehensive and up to date than the
same list maintained by an individual. By bringing many OA-related lists
together in one place, OAD will make it easier for users, especially
newcomers, to discover them and use them for reference. The easier they are
to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful,
accurate information about open access. 

The URL for the Open Access Directory is http://oad.simmons.edu
<http://oad.simmons.edu/>  . 

To contact us, email Athanasia Pontika, the Assistant Editor
(OAD.contact at gmail.com), or the Editorial Board (OAD.editors at gmail.com).

The wiki is represented by an editorial board consisting of prominent
figures in the open access movement. The Graduate School of Library and
Information Science (GSLIS) at Simmons College hosts and provides technical
support to the OAD.

Editors and administrators 

Robin Peek. Editor, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and
Information Science, Simmons College 

Athanasia Pontika. Assistant Editor, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of
Library and Information Science, Simmons College 

Terry Plum. Technical Coordinator, Assistant Dean for Technology and
Director, Simmons GSLIS at Mount Holyoke College 

Editorial board members 

Charles Bailey. Publisher, Digital Scholarship 

Leslie Chan. Program Supervisor for New Media Studies, University of Toronto

Heather Joseph. Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic
Resources Coalition (SPARC) 

Melissa Hagemann. Open Society Institute 

Peter Suber. Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Visiting
Fellow at Yale Law School, and Senior Researcher at SPARC 

Alma Swan. Key Perspectives Ltd 

John Wilbanks. Vice President, Creative Commons 


Dr. Donat Agosti

Science Consultant

Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History and Naturmuseum der
Burgergemeinde Bern

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