Information for the General Public, Politicians and Others
"Open Access is good for science, the research community and mankind"
Open access is simply the open access to research results, articles, conference papers, book chapters, and more, by anyone with an internet connection. Currently few members of the public can access research results that have been funded out of the taxes that they pay. Few University libraries can afford to subscribe to all the journals that their academics need -- in spite of the fact that it is that same academic body that has carried out the research - and written the articles, books and conference papers!
For a general introduction to open access, see Peter Suber's excellent Open Access Overivew.
For an introduction to open access from the point of view of librarians, see another essay by Peter Suber Open Access for Librarians
Please see the DRIVER Support website Open Access Overview page for more general information on Open Access and Institutional Repositories.
The DRIVER I and DRIVER II projects were carried out with the aim of helping to establish and sustain the open access infrastructure in Europe. Although the DRIVER II project ended in December 2009, much of the infrastructure created by the project continues in operation.
Use the DRIVER Search Service to look for research which is currently made open access.
Last updated: 04-Feb-2010