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Virtually There: Open Access and the Online Growth of Pacific Dissertations and Theses

Virtually There: Open Access and the Online Growth of Pacific Dissertations and Theses Resources Virtually There: Open Access and the Online Growth of Pacific Dissertations and Theses stuart dawrs The Contemporary Pacic, Volume 24, Number 2, 347­357 © 2012 by University of Hawai`i Press Stuart Dawrs t has now been more than a decade since the Open Society Institute--the private grant-making foundation begun by George Soros--sponsored a multinational, multidisciplinary gathering in Hungary to, as the institute notes on its website, "accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet." 1 Though this event was hardly the first attempt at fostering free online access to scholarly information, the two-day gathering resulted in a position statement called the Budapest Open Access Initiative (boai), which came to be seen as a foundational document for the open-access movement as we know it today. To somewhat oversimplify, the movement is a worldwide endeavor rooted in the idea that scholarly writing, produced by authors who have no expectation of payment for their work, should not become a commodity. The boai was not merely an academic exercise, so to speak. Since the mid-1980s, institutional subscription rates for academic journals have risen at an annual rate that has far http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Virtually There: Open Access and the Online Growth of Pacific Dissertations and Theses

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 24 (2) – Aug 1, 2012

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Resources Virtually There: Open Access and the Online Growth of Pacific Dissertations and Theses stuart dawrs The Contemporary Pacic, Volume 24, Number 2, 347­357 © 2012 by University of Hawai`i Press Stuart Dawrs t has now been more than a decade since the Open Society Institute--the private grant-making foundation begun by George Soros--sponsored a multinational, multidisciplinary gathering in Hungary to, as the institute notes on its website, "accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet." 1 Though this event was hardly the first attempt at fostering free online access to scholarly information, the two-day gathering resulted in a position statement called the Budapest Open Access Initiative (boai), which came to be seen as a foundational document for the open-access movement as we know it today. To somewhat oversimplify, the movement is a worldwide endeavor rooted in the idea that scholarly writing, produced by authors who have no expectation of payment for their work, should not become a commodity. The boai was not merely an academic exercise, so to speak. Since the mid-1980s, institutional subscription rates for academic journals have risen at an annual rate that has far

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