Who we are

The Open Access Working Group is part of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which promotes open knowledge in the digital age.

We are a growing group of people who are dissatisfied with the fragmentation of the open access movement and with the abuse of the term “open access”  by publishers and individuals without adherence to one clear definition.

Our goal is to re-establish open access according to the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition, and to promote global open access

To this end we will:

  • Provide a focal point for the different open access initiatives by adhering to one basic definition for Open Access
  • Find (or liberate) BOAI-compliant material, and show how it can be re-used.
  • Build, stimulate and aggregate open-science communities centered around themes
  • Provide a social platform for academics and citizens for discussion, collaboration and sharing of knowledge:
  •  Build a new generation of tools to maximise the value of open access publishing

3 responses to “About”

  1. Nina Ruecker says:

    we are a fresh little startup company and interested in cooperation!
    We like your project!

  2. Sacha Hartgers says:

    Fantastic concept! There are so many initiatives to promote acces to knowledge, yet you are right: the scientific community who should be the first to be reachable is the -relatively- most inaccesable.
    And a great website! Can I post? Can I contribute? Can I send scientists to contribute?

    • Tom Olijhoek says:

      Thank you for your comment. The answer to all three questions:Yes sure. Please join the initiative through the website “join” under the about tab.
      Please feel free to recommend the site to fellow scientists. Also have a look at the site whoneedsaccess.org. We are actively looking for people who want to share their experiences with access to information.

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