Talking open access
Today I chaired a live panel discussion via Skype as preparation for an online event next week (Navigating the Complexities of Open Access). This was a first for me and as a phone-phobic person I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it, but it went pretty well I think. We had some predictable technical issues with 9 people trying to dial into the discussion from several African countries as well as India, Taiwan and Europe, but it still turned out to be an excellent forum for sharing ideas, knowledge and experience. And it gave us plenty to think about between now and next week’s wider discussion, which will happen via the Chat Literacy network (as well as on Facebook and Twitter – #BLDSOAChat).
Written as a contribution to that discussion (as well as shameless promotion of my pet project), here’s a post about how sharing content through the BLDS Digital Library can benefit institutions and form part of an open access and preservation strategy: http://community.eldis.org/.5bd44ebd