Let's not lose sight of the fact that the Open Access proposition is very simple, but quite radical:
- Universities are disruptive communities - they create new knowledge and transfer it to society through teaching, training and all kinds of impact mechanisms.
- The Web is a disruptive technology - it drastically reduces the difficulty of sharing knowledge between multiple parties, across the world.
- Open Access is a disruptive idea - it rebuilds universities' research communications on the Web's more efficient communications platform.
Provided we all recognise that open access is on its way, we can then work together to ensure that the valuable functions you carry out continue to be properly funded
Many of us think that this is pointless because we believe that the new network needs leaner, more efficient participants rather than the same old players. But the effect of the Finch lifeline may be a radical restructuring of the network, as Chris Keene (EPrints repository manager at Sussex) has pointed out in discussions on the UKCoRR mailing list. Payment of the APC (article processing charge) changes the relationship between publishers and researchers.