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[opensource] Science Commons and SPARC release guide for creating open access policies at institutions

Henrik Bennetsen bennetsen at
Thu May 1 13:41:09 PDT 2008

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> Science Commons and SPARC <> today released a new
> guide for faculty who want to ensure open access to their work through their
> institution.
> The how-to guide, *Open Doors and Open Minds*<>,
> is aimed at helping institutions adopt policies to increase the practical
> exposure to the scholarly works being produced, such as that adopted by the
> Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences in February. It provides information on
> copyright law, offers specific suggestions for licensing options and
> provides a ten-point list of actions people can take to craft and implement
> a policy that maximizes the impact of research.
> From the SPARC media release<>
> :
> "The Harvard policy is a recognition that the Internet creates
> opportunities to radically accelerate distribution and impact for scholarly
> works," said John Wilbanks, Vice President of Science at Creative Commons.
> "As more universities move to increase the reach of their faculty's work,
> it's important that faculty members have a clear understanding of the key
> issues involved and the steps along the path that Harvard has trail-blazed.
> This paper is a foundational document for universities and faculty to use as
> they move into the new world of Open Access scholarly works."
> "Everyone - faculty, librarians, administrators, and other advocates - has
> the power to initiate change at their institution," said Heather Joseph,
> Executive Director of SPARC. "By championing an open access policy, helping
> to inform your colleagues about the benefits of a policy change, and
> identifying the best license and most effective path to adoption, it can be
> done."
> The guide is available both at the SPARC site<>and in the Science
> Commons Reading Room <>.
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