Canadian Universities Too Closed Minded on Open Access

Michael Geist, Weblog, Oct 19, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I am asked from time to time about institutional support for open access in Canada, and after I mention Athabasca University I usuall say something like, "In Canada support for open access is strong, but it's mostly on an individual level, not an institutional level." That statement has the merit of being true, because there is strong individual support for open access in Canada, but it is also true, as this article suggests, that such support is not manifest at the institutional level. Since I have pretty much given up on institutions (they always seem to bow to the will of the people with the most money) it has never really bothered me that on this issue, as with most others, institutions stand on the wrong side of the issue. But other people (i.e., pretty much everyone else in the world) think institutional support for an idea is important, and so the lack of institutional support matters to them.
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