Monday, July 3, 2006

The Access Principle

Interview at Inside Higher Education with John Willinsky the author of The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship published by MIT Press.

Q: Can you define the “access principle”?

A: The access principle holds that with a form of knowledge that is constituted as a public good, which is the case with research and scholarship, the knowledge should be circulated as widely and publicly as possible, especially as that wider circulation increases the value and quality of that knowledge. The Internet, as a new publishing medium, is proving itself capable of a considerable increase in access and circulation over print, and we are thus compelled to explore how this medium can contribute all that it can to this principle.

Goes without saying that our nation‘s land-grant universities should be at the forefront of this movement.

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