The development of Open Access in Africa has been discussed for a long time. The accompanying discussion followed two main directions: OA as a way for scientists from the continent and their research results to break into the scientific mainstream; and OA as a social and economic development factor, based on the assumption that free access to scientific output can act as an important stimulus.
The death by suicide of 26-year-old Aaron Swartz – an American activist and advocate of open access, open data, and openness in science, has touched many and sparked off a heated debate on the Internet and in other public media. Many people ask how such a tragedy could have taken place. Researchers and the academic community, as well as other advocates of open access, have published their papers in OA as a tribute to Aaron Swartz.
Besides that sporting event taking place in some city, there’s been plenty to chew on over the last few days on the Open Science circuit. First up is a video I stumbled across on Open Notebook Science. It’s presented by Jean-Claude Bradley at the University of British Columbia School of Libraries. The talk covered several topics, including the implications of Open Notebook Science for storing and retrieving scientific information through the use of wikis: Some Links: Publishing in the Era of Open Science part one and part two Altmetrics and the future of Bibliometrics Interview with Ivan Oransky of Retraction Watch […]