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Thursday, 30th April 2009

Open Access Directory Celebrates its First Year Online

From the SPARC Announcement:

As growing appreciation of Open Access to research drives demand for new resources -- on what Open Access is and how it benefits faculty, students and researchers worldwide -- the popular Open Access Directory (OAD) marks its first anniversary today. The Open Access Directory, hosted by Simmons College, is a wiki where community contributors create and maintain simple, factual lists about Open Access to science and scholarship. Launched just one year ago, and operated entirely by an international corps of volunteers, the OAD quickly blossomed from six to 40 lists and has served more than 250,000 unique users.

Designed by Robin Peek (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College) and Peter Suber (Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, and Senior Researcher at SPARC), the OAD has quickly become a "go-to" resource in the academic community. The Directory's "signature" lists include:

+ Timeline of the Open Access movement, based on the work of Peter Suber

+ Bibliography of Open Access, based on the work of Charles W. Bailey Jr

+ Events celebrating Open Access Day 2008, which captured participation by 129

+ Conferences and workshops related to Open Access, which tracks events from 2002 to 2010

Source: SPARC


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