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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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Wikipedia: Reflections on Use and Acceptance in Academic Environments

In the light of a workshop run by the Geological Society of London and Wikimedia UK, Brian Whalley reflects on the attitudes and practice of academia in respect of present-day Wikipedia content.

July 2012, issue69, feature article

Wiki Or Won't He? A Tale of Public Sector Wikis

Marieke Guy revisits a topic receiving considerable attention these days and reflects on wiki use by public organisations.

October 2006, issue49, feature article

Why Pay for Content?

Charles Oppenheim reports on the half-day event organised by the Publishers Association at the Faraday Lecture Theatre, Royal Institution, London on 24 June 2009.

July 2009, issue60, event report

What Is an Open Repository?

Julie Allinson, Jessie Hey, Chris Awre and Mahendra Mahey report on the Open Repositories 2007 conference, held in San Antonio, Texas between 23-26 January 2007.

April 2007, issue51, event report

What Do Application Profiles Reveal about the Learning Object Metadata Standard?

Jean Godby assesses the customised subsets of metadata elements that have been defined by 35 projects using the LOM standard to describe e-learning resources.

October 2004, issue41, feature article

We Do Not Know We Are Born (Digital)

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 54.

January 2008, issue54, editorial

Virtual Research Environments: Overview and Activity

Michael Fraser provides an overview of the virtual research environment (VRE) and introduces three JISC-funded projects in which Oxford University is participating.

July 2005, issue44, feature article

VIF: Version Identification Workshop

Sarah Molloy reports on a half-day workshop on the use of the Version Identification Framework, held in Hatton Garden, London on 22 April 2008.

April 2008, issue55, event report

View from the Hill: Birkbeck

Ariadne interview with Philippa Dolphin at Birkbeck, about how IT issues are tackled there.

July 1998, issue16, regular column

Version Identification: A Growing Problem

Dave Puplett outlines the issues associated with versions in institutional repositories, and discusses the solutions being developed by the Version Identification Framework (VIF) Project.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

Upskilling Liaison Librarians for Research Data Management

Andrew Cox, Eddy Verbaan and Barbara Sen explore the design of a curriculum to train academic librarians in the competencies to support Research Data Management.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

United Kingdom Serials Group Conference 2005

Sarah Pearson reports on the annual 3-day UK Serials Group (UKSG) conference recently held at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

April 2005, issue43, event report

UK Institutional Repository Search: Innovation and Discovery

Vic Lyte, Sophia Jones, Sophia Ananiadou and Linda Kerr describe an innovative tool to showcase UK research output through advanced discovery and retrieval facilities.

October 2009, issue61, feature article

Trust in Global Virtual Teams

Niki Panteli identifies ways of developing trust within global virtual teams.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

Trends in Self-Posting of Research Material Online by Academic Staff

Theo Andrew sheds some light on current trends in posting research material online with a case study from The University of Edinburgh.

October 2003, issue37, feature article

Towards a User-Centred Approach to Digital Libraries

Ken Eason reports on the five themes in the Digilib Conference, Espoo, Finland.

January 2004, issue38, event report

Towards a Toolkit for Implementing Application Profiles

Talat Chaudhri, Julian Cheal, Richard Jones, Mahendra Mahey and Emma Tonkin propose a user-driven methodology for the iterative development, testing and implementation of Dublin Core Application Profiles in diverse repository software environments.

January 2010, issue62, feature article

Three Perspectives on the Evolving Infrastructure of Institutional Research Repositories in Europe

Marjan Vernooy-Gerritsen, Gera Pronk and Maurits van der Graaf report on the most significant results from two surveys conducted to provide an overview of repositories with research output in the European Union.

April 2009, issue59, feature article

The Second Digital Repositories Programme Meeting

Julie Allinson and Mahendra Mahey report on a 2-day JISC Digital Repositories Meeting focusing on project clusters working together and other related issues held by JISC in Warwick, UK over 27-28 March 2006.

April 2006, issue47, event report

The Rustle of Digital Curation: The JISC Annual Conference

Julie Allinson, Marieke Guy and Maureen Pennock find themselves contemplating e-frameworks, digital curation and repositories at the JISC Annual Conference.

April 2006, issue47, event report

The RoMEO Project: Protecting Metadata in an Open Access Environment

Elizabeth Gadd, Charles Oppenheim and Steve Probets describe how the RoMEO Project is seeking to safeguard freely available metadata disclosed and harvested under the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.

July 2003, issue36, feature article

The Performance-based Funding Model: Creating New Research Databases in Sweden and Norway

Leif Eriksson describes how the introduction of Performance-based Research Funding Systems (PRFS) has created new forms of research databases in Sweden and Norway.

July 2013, issue71, feature article

The National Centre for Text Mining: Aims and Objectives

Sophia Ananiadou, Julia Chruszcz, John Keane, John McNaught and Paul Watry describe NaCTeM's plans to provide text mining services for UK academics.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

The National Centre for Text Mining: A Vision for the Future

Sophia Ananiadou describes NaCTeM and the main scientific challenges it helps to solve together with issues related to deployment, use and uptake of NaCTeM's text mining tools and services.

October 2007, issue53, feature article

The JISC Annual Conference 2007

Philip Pothen and colleagues provide an overview of the proceedings of this Spring's JISC Annual Conference.

April 2007, issue51, event report

The Intellectual Property Rights Workshop

William J. Nixon and Jessie Hey co-report on the JISC IPR workshop held in London, May 2003.

July 2003, issue36, event report

The Evolution of an Institutional E-prints Archive at the University of Glasgow

William Nixon with some practical advice based on the Glasgow experience.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

The Dawning of DARE: A Shared Experience

Annemiek van der Kuil and Martin Feijen describe the first year of the DARE Project and its foundation of the OAI repositories of Dutch academic output.

October 2004, issue41, feature article

The DARE Chronicle: Open Access to Research Results and Teaching Material in the Netherlands

Leo Waaijers reflects on four years of progress and also looks ahead.

October 2007, issue53, feature article

The 2nd Workshop on the Open Archives Initiative (OAI)

William Nixon and Pauline Simpson report on the meeting held at CERN, Geneva, in October 2002.

January 2003, issue34, event report

The (Digital) Library Environment: Ten Years After

Lorcan Dempsey considers how the digital library environment has changed in the ten years since Ariadne was first published.

February 2006, issue46, feature article

Targeting Academic Research With Southampton's Institutional Repository

Jessie Hey describes how user needs have influenced the evolutionary development of 'e-Prints Soton' as the University of Southampton Research Repository.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

SWORD: Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit

Julie Allinson, Sebastien Francois and Stuart Lewis describe the JISC-funded SWORD Project which has produced a lightweight protocol for repository deposit.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

Supporting Local Data Users in the UK Academic Community

Luis Martinez and Stuart Macdonald discuss the differing areas of expertise within the UK data libraries with particular reference to their relationship with National Data Centres, the role of the Data Information Specialists Committee - UK (DISC-UK) and other information specialists.

July 2005, issue44, feature article

Supporting Digital Preservation and Asset Management in Institutions

Leona Carpenter describes a JISC development programme tackling the organisational and technical challenges facing Higher and Further Education in the UK.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

Sun Preservation and Archive Special Interest Group: May 2008 Meeting

Vicky Mays and Ian Dolphin review the Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting held in San Francisco in May 2008.

July 2008, issue56, event report

Subject Repositories: European Collaboration in the International Context

Dave Puplett reports on the conference Subject Repositories: European Collaboration in the International Context held at the British Library in January 2010. The conference launched Economists Online (EO), an innovative economics subject repository.

January 2010, issue62, event report

Stargate: Exploring Static Repositories for Small Publishers

R. John Robertson introduces a project examining the potential benefits of OAI-PMH Static Repositories as a means of enabling small publishers to participate more fully in the information environment.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

South African Repositories: Bridging Knowledge Divides

Martie van Deventer and Heila Pienaar provide us with background to recent South African repository initiatives and detail an example of knowledge transfer from one institution to another.

April 2008, issue55, feature article

SHERPA to YODL-ING: Digital Mountaineering at York

Julie Allinson and Elizabeth Harbord describe the development of digital repositories for the University of York.

July 2009, issue60, feature article

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