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This page provides an overview of 229 articles related to 'open access', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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Open access (OA) refers to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals, and increasingly also book chapters or monographs. Open Access comes in two forms, Gratis versus Libre: Gratis OA is no-cost online access, while Libre OA offers some additional usage rights. Open content is similar to OA, but usually includes the right to modify the work, whereas in scholarly publishing it is usual to keep an article's content intact and to associate it with a fixed author. Creative Commons licenses can be used to specify usage rights. The Open Access idea can be extended to the learning objects and resources provided in e-learning. OA can be provided in two ways: 1) "Green OA" is provided by authors publishing in any journal and then self-archiving their postprints in their institutional repository or on some other OA website. Green OA journal publishers endorse immediate OA self-archiving by their authors. 2) "Gold OA" is provided by authors publishing in an open access journal that provides immediate OA to all of its articles on the publisher's website. (Hybrid open access journals provide Gold OA only for those individual articles for which their authors (or their author's institution or funder) pay an OA publishing fee.) (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Open access publishing)

Key statistics

Metadata related to 'open access' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'open access': 229 (13.2% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'open access' across all Ariadne articles: 1088
  • Average number of references to 'open access' per Ariadne article: 4.75
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'open access': 1996-07
  • Trending factor of 'open access': 1153.6 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'open access':

  1. leo waaijers (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. michel wesseling (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. emma nelms (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. sarah brown (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. philippa broadley (see articles on this topic by this author)

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10 Years of Zetoc

Jane Ronson looks at how Zetoc has developed and what the future holds for the service.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

21st-century Scholarship and Wikipedia

Amber Thomas explores the ways in which emerging research practices and Wikipedia illustrate the changing boundaries of academic work.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

23rd International CODATA Conference

Alex Ball reports on a conference on ‘Open Data and Information for a Changing Planet’ held by the International Council for Science’s Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan on 28–31 October 2012.

November 2012, issue70, event report

2nd International DCC Conference 2006: Digital Data Curation in Practice

Alexander Ball and Manjula Patel provide an overview of the second annual conference of the Digital Curation Centre.

January 2007, issue50, event report

5 Step Guide to Becoming a Content Provider in the JISC Information Environment

Andy Powell describes steps which content providers can take to integrate their resources into the JISC IE.

October 2002, issue33, feature article

A Bug's Life?: How Metaphors from Ecology Can Articulate the Messy Details of Repository Interactions

R. John Robertson, Mahendra Mahey and Phil Barker introduce work investigating an alternative model of repository and service interaction.

October 2008, issue57, feature article

A Double-edged Sword: What Are the Implications of Freedom of Information for the HE Sector?

Amy Gibbons reports on the second in a series of workshops organised by the Research Information Network to explore the impact of the Freedom of Information Act on the Higher Education sector, held at University College London on 1 April 2011.

July 2011, issue67, event report

A Dublin Core Application Profile for Scholarly Works

Julie Allinson, Pete Johnston and Andy Powell describe a Dublin Core application profile for describing scholarly works that makes use of FRBR and the DCMI Abstract Model.

January 2007, issue50, feature article

A Recipe for Cream of Science: Special Content Recruitment for Dutch Institutional Repositories

Martin Feijen and Annemiek van der Kuil describe the Cream of Science Project, part of the DARE Programme, which generated a Web site offering open access to almost 25,000 publications by 207 prominent scholars across the Netherlands.

October 2005, issue45, feature article

A Research Revolution: The Impact of Digital Technologies

Dicky Maidment-Otlet and Judy Redfearn describe a new JISC activity to highlight how digital technologies are changing research.

January 2010, issue62, feature article

Access to Scientific Knowledge for Sustainable Development: Options for Developing Countries

Barbara Kirsop, Leslie Chan and Subbiah Arunachalam consider the impact of donor access and open access to research publications on the sustainable development of science in developing countries.

July 2007, issue52, feature article

ALPSP Conference

Kara Jones reports on the ALPSP 'Publishing and the Library of the Future' one-day seminar held at St Anthony's College, Oxford, in July 2007.

July 2007, issue52, event report

Ancient Cultures Inside Modern Universes

Edgardo Civallero writes on preservation and dissemination of intangible South American indigenous heritage and updating information using Web-based tools.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

Are They Being Served?

Lynne Brindley, Chair of JISC's new committee on electronic information, writes on the fundamental issue of networked information user's needs.

July 1996, issue4, feature article

ARROW, DART and ARCHER: A Quiver Full of Research Repository and Related Projects

Andrew Treloar and David Groenewegen describe three inter-related projects to support scholarly outputs and the e-research life cycle which have been funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government.

April 2007, issue51, feature article

Assessing FRBR in Dublin Core Application Profiles

Talat Chaudhri makes a detailed assessment of the FRBR structure of the Dublin Core Application Profiles funded by JISC.

January 2009, issue58, feature article

At the Event: The EPrints UK Workshop

Phil Cross, Debra Hiom and Emma Place report on this workshop which was held at the University of Bath in February 2004.

April 2004, issue39, event report

Beyond the PDF

Jodi Schneider reports on a three-day workshop about the future of scientific communication, held in San Diego CA, USA, in January 2011.

January 2011, issue66, event report

Blue Ribbon Task Force Symposium on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access

Marieke Guy reports on a symposium which provided an opportunity for stakeholders to respond to the recent Blue Ribbon Task Force report on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access.

July 2010, issue64, event report

Book Review: Acquisitions in the New Information Universe

Eilidh Mackay reviews a work which takes a concept-based approach to contemporary acquisitions practices.

October 2010, issue65, review

Book Review: Building an Electronic Resource Collection

Sarah Pearson considers whether the 2nd edition of this practical guide for building an electronic resource collection can satisfy the needs of both new and experienced practitioners.

April 2005, issue43, review

Book Review: Cataloging and Organizing Digital Resources

Sarah Higgins learns how to incorporate online resources into a library catalogue using AACR2 and MARC, but wonders why the wider issue of organising and describing a full range of digital resources is not addressed.

October 2005, issue45, review

Book Review: Delete - The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

Pete Cliff hopes he'll not forget this marvellous book, even when the author seems to suggest it might be better if he did!

January 2010, issue62, review

Book Review: Digital Copyright

Stuart Hannabuss looks at an interesting Nile cruise of a book about intellectual property.

January 2008, issue54, review

Book Review: Digital Dieting - From Information Obesity to Intellectual Fitness

Kevin Sanders examines Tara Brabazon’s latest analytical work which investigates the proliferation of low-quality information in the digital realm and the issues of excessive reliance on social tools for learning.

March 2014, issue72, review

Book Review: Digital Information - Order Or Anarchy?

Muhammad Rafiq offers us a review of a work which examines the future of digital information and emerging patterns of scholarly communication.

July 2010, issue64, review

Book Review: E-metrics for Library and Information Professionals

Elizabeth McHugh learns about the importance of locally produced e-metrics and how they could be produced using available technologies.

February 2006, issue46, review

Book Review: Envisioning Future Academic Library Services

John Azzolini reviews a timely collection of essays that highlights the values of institutional leadership and resourcefulness in academic librarianship's engagements with Web 2.0.

July 2011, issue67, review

Book Review: Essential Law for Information Professionals

Stuart Hannabuss picks another winner but wonders whether legal essentialism is enough for information professionals.

October 2006, issue49, review

Book Review: Information Science in Transition

Michael Day reviews an edited volume published to commemorate the founding of the Institute of Information Scientists in 1958.

April 2010, issue63, review

Book Review: Introductory Concepts in Information Science

Charles Oppenheim takes a look at an introduction to Information Science but fails to be impressed.

October 2010, issue65, review

Book Review: The E-copyright Handbook

Charles Oppenheim takes a look at the latest of Paul Pedley’s copyright guidance books, and, in some respects, finds it wanting.

November 2012, issue70, review

Book Review: The Institutional Repository

Sally Rumsey recommends a new book about institutional repositories.

April 2006, issue47, review

Book Review: The New Digital Scholar - Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students

Julia Robinson reviews a substantial and timely collection of essays related to the research and writing practices of NextGen students. Expressing a call for change in the way educators approach Information Literacy teaching, this book invites the reader to redefine, re-evaluate and reflect on what we think we know about students’ research practices today.

July 2013, issue71, review

Book Review: User Studies for Digital Library Development

Selenay Aytac reviews a collection of essays on user studies and digital library development that provides a concise overview of a variety of digital library projects and examines major research trends relating to digital libraries.

November 2012, issue70, review

Building on Shifting Sands: Information Age Organisations

Clive Field draws on his experience at the University of Birmingham to explore the issue of creating a flexible organisation.

September 1998, issue17, feature article

C21st Curation Spring 2006 Public Lecture Series

Neil Beagrie and Helen Forde report on the public lecture series 'C21st Curation: access and service delivery' held at University College London over April and May 2006.

July 2006, issue48, event report

Can We Save Our Audio-visual Heritage?

Daniel Teruggi describes PrestoSpace, the new FP6 Integrated project for the preservation of our disappearing audio-visual heritage.

April 2004, issue39, feature article

Capacity Building: Spoken Word at Glasgow Caledonian University

Iain Wallace, Graeme West and David Donald give an account of the origins, nature and establishment of Spoken Word Services at Glasgow Caledonian University.

July 2007, issue52, feature article

Characterising and Preserving Digital Repositories: File Format Profiles

Steve Hitchcock and David Tarrant show how file format profiles, the starting point for preservation plans and actions, can also be used to reveal the fingerprints of emerging types of institutional repositories.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

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