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[ba-ohs-talk] Budapest Open Access Initiative

http://www.soros.org/openaccess/    (01)

"The Budapest Open Access Initiative arises from a small but lively meeting 
convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute (OSI) on December 1-2, 
2001. The purpose of the meeting was to accelerate progress in the 
international effort to make research articles in all academic fields 
freely available on the internet. The participants represented many points 
of view, many academic disciplines, and many nations, and had experience 
with many of the ongoing initiatives that make up the open access movement. 
In Budapest they explored how the separate initiatives could work together 
to achieve broader, deeper, and faster success. They explored the most 
effective and affordable strategies for serving the interests of research, 
researchers, and the institutions and societies that support research. 
Finally, they explored how OSI and other foundations could use their 
resources most productively to aid the transition to open access and to 
make open-access publishing economically self-sustaining. The result is the 
Budapest Open Access Initiative. It is at once a statement of principle, a 
statement of strategy, and a statement of commitment."    (02)

If you sign on to the initiative, you agree to independently re-publish 
whatever you publish elsewhere if that publication is not freely available.    (03)