Happy Open Access day

Today, October 14, its the day the Open Access movement has choosen to claim their aims:

Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. It encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society.

This first Open Access Day should make us think about how we are sharing our knowledge, how many unnecesary frontiers we are establishing between the knowledge that we would like to share and our potential target.

Despite of the fact that this celebration is very scientifically oriented, one of the interesting things the Open Access day organizers have been promoting is the next questionnaire:

  • Why does Open Access matter to you?
  • One of the UOC UNESCO Chair in E-Learning areas of activity is the “Open access systems in the use of learning materials and free software technological models”.

  • How did you first become aware of it?
  • Via Otro Blog Más (in Spanish), weblog of one of the UOC lecturers.

  • Why should scientific and medical research be an open-access resource for the world?
  • By adopting open access modelds, the world of medical research will evolve in a collaborative way, like in the case of software development.

  • What do you do to support Open Access, and what can others do?
  • We should ask the public administrations to adopte the free knowledge philosophy. Maybe we should ask them to read Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture as well.

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