David W. Lewis, Dean of the IUPUI [Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis] University Library, has written an article offering up a valuable overview of open access (OA), including its history and arguments pro and con —
— asserting that the movement toward OA, particularly the model of OA in which all articles from a journal are freely available immediately upon publication, is a “disruptive innovation” (see the recent work of Harvard Business School (HBS) Prof. Clayton M. Christensen, especially Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008 ~ with Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson) and The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009 ~ with Jerome H. Grossman and Jason Hwang)) that may well account for as much as 90 percent of all scholarly journal articles by as early as the year 2020.
Hat tip to Current Cites (August 2012).
Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.
Following up on some earlier United Kingdom (UK)-related posts here — Digital Britain — UK Government’s Strategic Vision (June 18, 2009) and British Library Warning as to Potential for Loss of United Kingdom’s Online/Web Heritage (February 25, 2010) — according to the Open Knowledge Foundation — the British Library is at a watershed in terms of open access (OA) bibliographic data:
Hat tip to ResourceShelf.com.