Making the innovation case in Open Access scholarly communication

De Beer, Jennifer A. Making the innovation case in Open Access scholarly communication., 2005 . In CERN workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI4), Geneva (Switzerland), 20-22 October 2005. (Unpublished) [Presentation]


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It seems almost unnecessary to have to elaborate additional reasons for the adoption of Open Access scholarly communication (OA sc) as manifested through Open Access journals and self-archiving practices. To those active within the OA arena, the case has been convincingly made, and current arguments merely need to be disseminated beyond the Library and Information Science (LIS) sphere. However, it is my contention that a convincing argument for OA sc needs to be launched from the Science Policy perspective if any government mandated pro-OA policy changes are to be effected. This paper, then, is an attempt at taking the OA discussion beyond the LIS arena and into the realm of Science and Innovation Policy. Using Innovation Theory as its theoretical framework, it is argued that Open Access scholarly communication can only serve to bolster Innovation Systems, be they national, regional, or sectoral. The case of South Africa is taken as an illustrative example, though the case can and will be generalised to beyond the South African science system. Making the case for OA within the context of Innovation is also of strategic import, since government policymakers frequently heed the advice of Science- and Innovation Policy researchers.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: Open Access; innovation theory; national systems of innovation; science systems; South Africa; innovation policy; science policy; information policy; innovation
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AC. Relationship of LIS with other fields .
B. Information use and sociology of information > BF. Information policy
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HZ. None of these, but in this section.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
Depositing user: Jennifer A De Beer
Date deposited: 25 Jun 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:03


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