The Canadian Move Toward Open Access

Michael Geist, Nov 07, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Follows up on Arthur Carty's editorial a couple weeks ago advocating an open research agenda in Canada. The author makes the (accurate) point that the canadian research environment could be much more open, and that policy and legislation is tending to close it more than to open it. "The failure to include policy reforms to facilitate the unlocking knowledge is an embarrassment," he writes. "Canada has a world class Internet infrastructure and has experienced impressive growth in university based research and development.... If Canada is to maintain that growth, we should follow the advice of our new national science advisor. Science and research success depends on tearing down barriers, not erecting them. A national commitment to open access is the right place to start." Hear hear. Also of note is a new book, edited by Michael Geist (and freely available online), called In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law. I haven't read it - I'll buy it in dead-tree version should our local Chapters ever decide to start selling books again (instead of cheese, trinkets and yoga mats, which is what passes for product in their bookstores these days). Also: Michael geist speaks on Canadian copyright law at the University of Alberta (11 mB MP3).
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