EFF proudly participated in the eighth annual Open Access Week last week, a celebration of making scholarly research immediately and freely available for people around the world to read, cite, and re-use.
We published multiple blog posts each day, including a post from our friends at Wikimedia and a letter from Colombian scientist, Diego Gomez, who is facing up to eight years in jail for sharing a scholarly article online. One theme that seemed to run across all blog posts was that open access doesn't exist in a vacuum: there are laws, policies, and happenings in the world that immensely affect our access to research. Copyright law, for example, not only bolsters the current closed access model of scholarship, but its particulars are becoming stricter as policies extend outside the United States. We encourage you to check out all the blog posts below.
- Celebrating Open Access Week: Research Should be Free, Available, and Open
- Free as in Open Access and Wikipedia
- Open Letter from Diego Gomez: "Access to Knowledge Is a Global Right"
- International Copyright Policy Laundering and the Ongoing War on Access to Knowledge
- Students Re-Launch Open Access Button App to Find Free Access to Scientific and Scholarly Research
- Research Is Just the Beginning: A Free People Must Have Open Access to the Law
- Where Copyright Fails, Open Licenses Help Creators Build Towards a Future of Free Culture
- Open Access Isn't Just About Open Access
We also participated in a reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") about open access alongside Creative Commons, the Right to Research Coalition, Open Access Button, and Fundación Karisma. Questions ranged from "What's the biggest obstacle to getting papers out from behind that $30 pay-wall?" to "Have you noticed any countries/regions leading by example?"
Groups around the world participated in Open Access Week by throwing parties, talks, and screenings of the documentary about Aaron Swartz, The Internet's Own Boy. We were excited to see Open Access Week serve as the inaugural event for two new digital rights groups: The Tennessee Digital Rights Project and Net Plurality in Berkeley, CA.
We collaborated with artist and graphic designer, Ty Semaka, to create some graphics to share on social media. These graphics portray a few leaders in the open access movement with their thoughts about why we need to fight for open access. These all licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, so feel free to remix and share online.