Techdirt has been reporting for some time on the growing number of moves towards making academic work freely available to the public -- for example this recent major boost from the University of California. But what about the bigger picture?
Brazil, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the US have the highest rates of open access publishing. In Europe, 20 out of 27 countries, including the UK, are likely to have tipped towards a majority of papers published in 2008-2011 being made available for free.
is a policy paper by SURF (a collaborative organisation for ICT in Dutch higher education and research) commissioned by the European Commission about open access to content and infrastructure. This was done within the e-InfraNet project. (...) European opinion leaders and experts examined the context, motivations, developments and results of each of the ‘Opens’, revealing a collection of joint benefits and issues. Their study resulted in the recommendation for a coordinated policy approach, able to benefit all forms of ‘Open’.Download Summary here.
Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commission (OpenAIRE Conference 2012 - video message), OpenAIRE Conference “Enlightenment in the Knowledge Society: From Pilot to Service” - Göttingen State and University Library, 21 November 2012.