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October 17, 2008
Short Videos in Support of Open Access
As part of the October 14th Open Access Day, several videos were produced in which folks from various walks of life describe what having free, open access to research journal articles has meant to them. Several of the clips refer to "PLoS" journals. PLoS refers to the Public Library of Science; PLoS publishes several freely available, quality journals in the areas of biology, medicine, genetics, pathogens, and other subjects. PLoS was a sponsor of Open Access Day.
You can view all the videos back to back, or view them one at a time:
- OA Day shoutouts from the Students for Free Culture conference, held in Berkeley, California
- Diane Graves, a librarian, talks about the current state of scholarship and how open access can allow more people to participate and democratize scholarship.
- Sharon Terry, a patient, discusses access barriers in medical libraries and how open access is necessary for patients and caregivers to adequately learn about their own diseases.
- André Brown, a grad student, gives us his perspective on access to research papers and how open access can significantly increase the efficiency of his work.
- Dr. Walport, the Directory of the Wellcome Trust, while holding a copy of the human genome in his hands, gives us the big picture on how open access publishing benefits scientists and people all over the world.
- Ida Sim, a physician and researcher, discusses her opinion of open access publishing and how it benefits not only the tools she can create but the quality of care she gives to her patients.
- Barbara Stebbins, a middle school science teacher from Black Pines School, San Francisco, talks about her experience using PLoS open access articles to teach her students about male mice singing.
Posted by Katie Newman at October 17, 2008 2:22 PM