[Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sun Jan 17 15:16:56 CST 2016
"information already paid for by the public purse should not be paid for again each time it is accessed or used, and ..."
"This means making publicly-funded scientific information available online, at no extra cost ..."
OK, so wtf is going on here?? Open access means that the public purse DOES pay again, there IS an extra cost (i.e. open access fees). Sure it is not paid for by the public purse each time it is accessed or used. It is paid for in advance regardless of how many people, if any, actually want to access or use the information!
We really need to get straight who really benefits from open access, and how. We also need to look at who is lobbying for open access, and how they benefit.
Other related issues include access to what is already published. Will that require subscriptions to access in addition to open access fees for future publications? Also, will there be extra funding for open access fees, or will it be diverted from existing research budgets.
On Mon, 18/1/16, rch <rch at skynet.be> wrote:
Subject: Re: Paywall our taxonomic tidbit
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu, lynn at afriherp.org, stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Received: Monday, 18 January, 2016, 10:08 AM
Lynn Raw wrote
"...When the research is paid for by
'the public' then there should be an obligation
for this to be made freely available to 'the
public' whether they are interested or not.
Admittedly, perhaps this should be limited to the
residents/taxpayers of the countries concerned (i.e.,
EU member states for EU-funded research)..."
Actually, I think that the "obligation" is now written
in tablets of Brussels stone; the European commission says
"information already paid for by the public purse
should not be paid for again each time it is accessed or
and .. it should benefit European companies and citizens
to the full. This means making publicly-funded scientific
information available online, at no extra cost, to
European researchers, innovative industries and
citizens, while ensuring long-term preservation." 
So now "Open access to scientific peer reviewed
has been anchored as an underlying principle in the
Horizon 2020 Regulation and the Rules of Participation
and will consequently be implemented through the relevant
provisions in the grant agreement." 
And it looks as though the Horizon 2020 programme, which
nearly €80 billion available over the years to 2020 ,
may even have some funds for taxonomy - see e.g. the
of CETAF - the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities
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