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This page provides an overview of 230 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': 230 (13.2% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'open access' across all Ariadne articles: 1092
  • 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': 546.7 (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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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

Climbing the Scholarly Publishing Mountain With SHERPA

John MacColl and Stephen Pinfield explore the SHERPA project, which is concentrating on making e-prints available online.

October 2002, issue33, feature article

Collaborations Workshop 2012: Software, Sharing and Collaboration in Oxford

Simon Choppin reports on a two-day software workshop held at The Queen’s College, Oxford over 21 - 22 March 2012.

April 2012, issue68, event report

Considering a Marketing and Communications Approach for an Institutional Repository

Heleen Gierveld proposes a market-oriented approach to increase the rate of deposit to an institutional repository.

October 2006, issue49, feature article

Copyright Angst, Lust for Prestige and Cost Control: What Institutions Can Do to Ease Open Access

Leo Waaijers writes about copyright, prestige and cost control in the world of open access while in two appendices Bas Savenije and Michel Wesseling compare the costs of open access publishing and subscriptions/licences for their respective institutions.

October 2008, issue57, feature article

Creative Commons Licences in Higher and Further Education: Do We Care?

Naomi Korn and Charles Oppenheim discuss the history and merits of using Creative Commons licences while questioning whether these licences are indeed a panacea.

October 2006, issue49, feature article

CRIS2006: Enabling Interaction and Quality: Beyond the Hanseatic League

Derek Sergeant and Jessie Hey report on this 3-day conference in Bergen, Norway, 11-13 May 2006.

July 2006, issue48, event report

DAEDALUS : Freeing Scholarly Communication at the University of Glasgow

William J. Nixon presents a brief overview of the DAEDALUS Open Archives Project at the University of Glasgow.

January 2003, issue34, feature article

DAEDALUS: Delivering the Glasgow EPrints Service

Morag Greig and William Nixon describe the key aims and findings of the DAEDALUS Project and the Glasgow ePrints Service.

October 2005, issue45, feature article

DAEDALUS: Initial Experiences With EPrints and DSpace at the University of Glasgow

William Nixon provides an overview of the DAEDALUS initial experience with the GNU EPrints and DSpace software and the decision to employ both.

October 2003, issue37, feature article

DARE Project Chronology

To accompany their main article, Martin Feijen and Annemiek van der Kuil provide a chronological overview of the DARE project.

October 2005, issue45, feature article

Data Archive at the University of Essex

Denise Lievesley and Bridget Winstanley describe this national resource centre for computer-readable data in the social sciences and humanities.

January 1997, issue7, project update

Data Citation and Publication by NERC’s Environmental Data Centres

Sarah Callaghan, Roy Lowry, David Walton and members of the Natural Environment Research Council Science Information Strategy Data Citation and Publication Project team describe their work in NERC’s Environmental Data Centres.

March 2012, issue68, feature article

Data Preservation and Long-term Analysis in High-Energy Physics

Richard Mount reports on the First Workshop on Data Preservation and Long-Term Analysis in High-Energy Physics, held at DESY (Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron), Hamburg, Germany, on 26-28 January 2008.

January 2009, issue58, event report

Data Services for the Sciences: A Needs Assessment

Brian Westra describes a data services needs assessment for science research staff at the University of Oregon.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

DataFinder: A Research Data Catalogue for Oxford

Sally Rumsey and Neil Jefferies explain the context and the decisions guiding the development of DataFinder, a data catalogue for the University of Oxford.

July 2013, issue71, feature article

DC 2006: Metadata for Knowledge and Learning

Julie Allinson, Rachel Heery, Pete Johnston and Rosemary Russell report on DC 2006, the sixth international conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, held 3 - 6 October 2006.

October 2006, issue49, event report

Delivering Open Access: From Promise to Practice

Derek Law predicts how the open access agenda will develop over the next ten years.

February 2006, issue46, feature article

Developing Infrastructure for Research Data Management at the University of Oxford

James A. J. Wilson, Michael A. Fraser, Luis Martinez-Uribe, Paul Jeffreys, Meriel Patrick, Asif Akram and Tahir Mansoori describe the approaches taken, findings, and issues encountered while developing research data management services and infrastructure at the University of Oxford.

October 2010, issue65, feature article

Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) Project Launch Conference

Ray Harper reports on a one-day conference which launched the DREaM Project, held by the Library and Information Science Research Coalition in London on 19 July 2011.

March 2012, issue68, event report

Developing the Capability and Skills to Support EResearch

Margaret Henty provides an Australian perspective on improving the environment in which eResearch is conducted through developing institutional capability and providing appropriate skills training.

April 2008, issue55, feature article

Digital Policy Management Workshop

Neil Beagrie and Mark Bide report on a one-day invitational workshop on Digital Policy Management sponsored by The British Library, JISC and UKOLN under the aegis of the British Library/JISC Partnership, held in the British Library Conference Centre on 24 April 2006.

April 2006, issue47, event report

Digital Repositories: Dealing With the Digital Deluge

Pete Cliff gives an overall view of the multi-stranded JISC conference held in Manchester over 5-6 June 2007.

July 2007, issue52, event report

Digitisation and e-Delivery of Theses from ePrints Soton

Julian Ball and Christine Fowler describe the partnership between the University of Southampton’s Library Digitisation Unit and its institutional repository for digitising and hosting theses.

March 2014, issue72, feature article

Down Your Way: Queen's University Library

Isobel Stark visits the Victorian and 20th-century splendours of the Queen's Univerity, Belfast.

September 1997, issue11, regular column

DRIVER: Building the Network for Accessing Digital Repositories Across Europe

Martin Feijen, Wolfram Horstmann, Paolo Manghi, Mary Robinson and Rosemary Russell present an outline of the DRIVER Project and its achievements so far in supporting and enhancing digital repository development in Europe.

October 2007, issue53, feature article

DRIVER: Seven Items on a European Agenda for Digital Repositories

Maurits van der Graaf provides results and conclusions from the DRIVER inventory study.

July 2007, issue52, feature article

E-Archiving: An Overview of Some Repository Management Software Tools

Marion Prudlo discusses LOCKSS, EPrints, and DSpace in terms of who uses them, their cost, underlying technology, the required know-how, and functionalities.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

E-Publication and Open Access in the Arts and Humanities in the UK

Malcolm Heath, Michael Jubb and David Robey review recent UK discussions and evidence about e-publishing and open access, their impact and implications for researchers in the arts and humanities.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

eBank UK: Building the Links Between Research Data, Scholarly Communication and Learning

Liz Lyon describes some new digital library development activities and considers the implications of linking research and learning outputs in an environment of assured data provenance.

July 2003, issue36, feature article

eBooks: Tipping or Vanishing Point?

Emma Tonkin investigates ebooks and takes a look at recent technological and business developments in this area.

January 2010, issue62, feature article

ECDL 2004: A Digital Librarian's Report

Jessie Hey reports on the 8th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries held at the University of Bath in September 2004.

October 2004, issue41, event report

ECDL-2003 Conference Notes

Lesly Huxley shares her notes on the European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries.

October 2003, issue37, event report

Editorial Introduction to Issue 33: Exploring the Information Environment

Philip Hunter with the editorial for Ariadne 33.

October 2002, issue33, editorial

Editorial Introduction to Issue 36: This Time the Cavalry Showed Up

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 36.

July 2003, issue36, editorial

Editorial Introduction to Issue 42: Less Could Mean More

Richard Waller provides an editorial introduction to Ariadne issue 42.

January 2005, issue42, editorial

Editorial Introduction to Issue 43: When Technology Alone Is Not Enough

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 43.

April 2005, issue43, editorial

Editorial Introduction to Issue 45: Smaller Might Be Beautiful

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 45.

October 2005, issue45, editorial

Editorial Introduction to Issue 52: The New Invisible Industry

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 52.

July 2007, issue52, editorial

Editorial Introduction to Issue 53: Unlocking Our Televisual Past

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 53.

October 2007, issue53, editorial

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