At the Budapest Open Access Initiative 10th Anniversary meeting that was held in Budapest on February 14th, Alma Swan, who also chaired the discussion, has chosen Peter Suber, Stevan Harnad and Heather Joseph from the group, to recap the main things that happened in the last 10 years after the last BOAI meeting and to comment on where their energy should be directed over the next 10 years.
“The world knows what the word Open Access means,” Stevan Harnad suggests, “although much larger number of people is for it, than actually providing it.” Heather Joseph reminded of SPARC’s activity in policy advocacy arena, and how “surprised and amazed she is, by the level of adoption and awareness that they have in policy circles,” from members of faculty and members of congress hall. SPARC has certainly made an impact on the stakeholders and made Open Access something that people know about, and “in the next years,” Joseph suggests, “Open Access should become an everyday word” for every researcher, scholar, scientist… Finally, Peter Suber arrives at the conclusion that “over the last 10 years we have made progress at all the important forefronts; we have more open access journals, more open access repositories, more open access policies and better understanding of Open Access by relevant stakeholders.” However, he picks out more coordinated effort to educate stakeholders about the issues, as the most important action during the ten years that will follow. “The curb is going up on better understanding, but we still have to take a special effort to take that even further. That’s where I would put my top priority.” He adds that he is both pessimistic about this because there are a lot of separate conversations to be held with different people, and optimistic – because faculty can be inspired fairly quickly, and educating does not exactly means overcoming financial barriers or cultural obstacles, it simply means – educating. Watch the BOAI anniversary three minute interviews below.