“Entering a new era in the public right to knowledge . . . “

From an op-ed by Stanford professors John Willinsky and Deborah Stipek in today’s San Jose Mercury News, “Open access responds to public’s hunger for knowledge.”

In February, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted to create “open access” copies of all their scholarly articles. In May, Harvard Law School followed suit. Then in June, Stanford University School of Education faculty unanimously voted for a similar motion.

By endorsing this open-access policy, my Stanford colleagues have agreed that publishing an article in a respectable journal is no longer the end of it. They will also post a copy of their work online, where educators and the public can freely read what we have learned about learning. . . .
It also makes sense, in light of the recent public scrutiny over whether tax-exempt private universities like Harvard and Stanford do enough to further the public good. . . .

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Are there risks with such access? Will policy blogs and school board meetings distort and misunderstand academic research and scholarship? Inevitably. But that has long been a danger, and at least now, everyone will have access to a range of relevant studies. As scholarly work becomes more public, it will be interesting to watch how researchers anticipate and try to address possible misinterpretations, hopefully without diluting the complexity, quality or rigor that distinguishes this form of knowledge. 
 

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About Paul Lomio

Paul is library director and lecturer at law at Stanford Law School. He has a J.D. from Gonzaga Law School, an LL.M. from the University of Washington, and a M.L.I.S. from the Catholic University of America. He is the author (with Henrik Spang-Hanssen) of Legal Research Methods in the U.S. and Europe. He also likes to ride his bicycle.

One thought on ““Entering a new era in the public right to knowledge . . . “

  1. In accordance with the discussion on the right to public knowledge I want to tell everyone about a site I have been putting together. It is a totally free and completely accessible legal research engine. It is in its beginning stages but there is enough there to see the direction it is going. There are absolutely no strings attached, you don’t have to login, there is no information we collect, no pop ups, at this point not so much as an advertisement on the entire thing. My hope is that people will look at it and give me feed back as to what they like, don’t like, and how it can improve. Keep in mind the site is still under construction so there may be a few aesthetic defects or typos. Happy viewing. If you like what you see please email the link to others.

    http://www.legal-virtuoso.org

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