Let’s start off with an introduction of what Open Access is!
Standing from my perspective as a student, the revolution in education makes Open Education (OE) essential as it offers teaching and learning resources which are free of cost, access barriers and has legal permission for open use. Picture yourself writing this post and having to pay for everything you search on! OE maximises the power of the internet to reach out to as many as possible with quality content. Khan’s Academy is a precedent to prove the success of OE.
In a business perspective, firms are allowed to have a broader access to research articles and critical information more rapidly to incorporate into product development cycles. Some firms which provide research article management depend largely on open access articles to build on their content.
However, how often do we empathise with the producers behind these scenes? How does open access affect content producers?
“Opening up access can allow audiences you never intended to find value in your work” as quoted by Shawn Martin. A report has shown that open access journals were cited between 36%-176% more frequently than non-open accessed journals.
Freemium business model refers to a system which by a company offers a service free of charge, then present its consumers with the option to upgrade to enjoy the full features. Spotify – a digital music service, committed to this business model.
The significant setback for content producers providing open access content is that their work is under-valued in the financial aspect. To make it a fair deal, instead of setting up paywalls, should content producers adopt this model in time to come?
Anne-Marie Jordan (2012) What is a content producer? – Part 1. [online] Available at: https://www.deeson.co.uk/blog/what-content-producer-part-1 [Accessed 15 Nov 2016]
Authors Alliance (2015) Understanding Open Access [online] Available at: http://authorsalliance.org/wpcontent/uploads/Documents/Guides/Authors%20Alliance%20-%20Understanding%20Open%20Access.pdf [Accessed 15 Nov 2016]
David Wiley (2012) Dramatically Bringing Down the Cost of Education with OER [online] Available at: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED535639.pdf [Accessed 15 Nov 2016]
Edanzediting.com. (2016) Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Access | Edanz Editing. [online] Available at: https://www.edanzediting.com/blogs/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-open-access#.VkKRRLcrKM- [Accessed 15 Nov 2016]
Joseph, H. (2012) The impact of open access on research and scholarship Reflections on the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference. [online] Available at: http://crln.acrl.org/content/73/2/83.full [Accessed 15 Nov 2016]
Justin Mares (2013) The Benefits of Freemium that Nobody Talks About. [online] Available at: http://justinmares.com/benefits-of-freemium-that-nobody-talks-about/ [Accessed 15 Nov 2016]
SPARC (2016) Open Education – SPARC. [online] Available at: http://sparcopen.org/open-education/ [Accessed 15 Nov 2016]