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Open Access Resources

The following are links to selected 'open access' web sites, resources, publications, and more:     Videos
  • Academic Earth - Providing the opportunity to earn a world-class education by offering free online classes and online learning tools.
  • Bentham Open Access - Over 230 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all major disciplines of science, technology, and more.
  • Community College 'Open' Textbooks - Peer reviewed free and open textbooks for use in community college courses.
  • Digital Commons Network - Open access journal articles on Business Administration, Mnagement, and Operations.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - A directory of a wide range of freely available, online Open Access Journals covering the arts and sciences.
  • Encyclopedia of Life - Providing free and 'open access' to knowledge about life on Earth.
  • Google Books - Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book.
  • OER Commons Textbooks - Information about open textbooks offered through Open Education Commons (OER).
  • Open Journal Systems - An journal management and publishing system developed as part of the Public Knowledge Project.
  • Open Publish - An open source platform designed specifically for the online news industry.
  • O'Reilly Open Books - Publishers of quite a few Open Books--books with various forms of "open" copyright--over the years.
  • Project Gutenburg - Offering over 33,000 free eBooks that can be downloaded.
  • Versita Open - One of the world’s leading Open Access platforms, hosting full texts of nearly 200 scholarly journals.

Open Access Organizations

  • Connexions - A virtual environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web.
  • Creative Commons - Helping people to share knowledge, research, and educational materials with others around the world.
  • EIFL Open Access - A global network of national library consortia advocating open access to knowledge for education & research purposes.
  • Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) - Supporting new communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.

The 'Open Access' movement — which campaigns for free scholarly information via the Internet — has welcomed a website that aims to be the first port of call for checking the status of open access around the world. The Global Open Access Portal, launched last month by UNESCO, will provide policymakers with information on the global open access outlook.

* Check out Wandora, a general purpose information extraction, aggregation, management, and publishing application based on Topic Maps and Java.

"By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”   -  See The Budapest Open Access Initiative

* Caution: Check out Beall's List of Questionable 'Open Access' Publishers.

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