Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Although it is still a proposal, the American "Federal Research Public Access Act" is creating some discussion, including this article that enthuses, "One of the greatest events in the history of Open Access may have just happened." This is certainly an overstatement, though the act - which would require open access to academic papers funded by large U.S. granting agencies - would certainly have an impact. The act may still be in for a rough ride, though, as evidenced by this unfavorable review in the New York Times. "If the articles are on a government Web site, your readership may be halved," says one publisher, offering an argument that strains the credulity of even the kindest reader.

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