Amherst, MA 01002
Open Access and the Humanities:
Contexts, Controversies and the Future
Open access, the notion that research work should be free to access and re-use, is a theoretically simple concept that has become mired in practical complexities and controversies. It is also, however, an aspect of contemporary research practice that is gaining worldwide traction and one that no contemporary scholar can afford to ignore, regardless of his or her discipline. In this talk, Dr. Martin Eve will set out the background to open access, the specific challenges faced by the humanities and the potential future solutions. What, exactly, do the terms “gold”, “green”, “libre” and “gratis” mean? How can OA be affordable for the humanities? What are the political motivations for its implementation? What is open licensing? And will open access really happen?
Dr Martin Eve, University of Lincoln, UK
Dr. Martin Paul Eve is lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln, UK specializing in contemporary American fiction and scholarly communications. Martin is the author of Pynchon and Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming November 2014). Martin edits the open access journal of Pynchon scholarship, Orbit. In addition, Martin is well-known for his work on open access, appearing before the UK House of Commons Select Committee BIS Inquiry into Open Access, writing for the British Academic Policy Series on the topic, being a steering-group member of the OAPEN-UK project, the JISC National Monograph Strategy Group, the SCONUL Strategy Group on Academic Content and Communications, the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Access Steering Group and the HEFCE Open Access Monographs Expert Reference Panel and founding the Open Library of Humanities. The Open Library of Humanities, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities. PLoS is a non-profit organization of scientists dedicated to making the world’s scientific and medical literature freely accessible to scientists and to the public.