June 20, 2013
Open Access and the Internet are almost inseparable. Without the Internet, OA would have not spread and developed as fast as it had, or perhaps not at all. However, the Internet is not only a tool of dissemination; it also impacts the shape of the development of OA and forms that it takes. Open Access can, should and does from benefit from the possibilities offered by the web.
A good example of this is the new project launched by Yale and MIT, the Wireless Philosophy, the Wi-Phi. The main goal of Wi-Phi is to provide open-access content in philosophy to a wide audience regardless of the level of readers’ knowledge. To achieve this, the authors of the project decided to use visual form of presentation. We can read on the official website of the project:
“Wi-Phi’s mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible to people with no background in the subject.”
Right now the project website offers more than 20 videos with short lectures on philosophy, as well as list of links to the relevant Internet resources. The list of philosophers involved in this project includes names such as Professor Richard Holton, Professor Timothy Yenter, Professor Sally Haslanger and many more.
The Wi-Phi project is a very creative way of using the potentialities of the Internet. “Wireless Philosophy” is not only a website but also a YouTube channel and profiles on social media. In this way the project tries to reach to the users of the web with a high-caliber intellectual message by the means of today’s communication channels and forms. Even though the idea is not new, I am very pleased that there are such initiatives.