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Open Access

The purpose of the OA page of GEODYSSEY is to assist geographers, cartographers, GIS professionals, and map, GIS, and geospatial data librarians to access scholarly research, publications, data, and open source software related to their respective fields.

Descriptions of some of the major resources can be found on the home page. The links to the left include useful resources under other categories. You may also search the posts using the Tags for the topic desired.

According to Steven Harnad‘s definition on the ePrints website, Open Access (OA) means:

“free, immediate, permanent online access to the full text of research articles for anyone, webwide.”

There are two models for OA:

(1) the “golden road” of OA journal-publishing , where journals provide OA to their articles (either by charging the author-institution for refereeing/publishing outgoing articles instead of charging the user-institution for accessing incoming articles, or by simply making their online edition free for all);

(2) the “green road” of OA self-archiving, where authors provide OA to their own published articles, by making their own eprints free for all.

In 2002, a group composed of 16 individuals from various academic fields met in Budapest, Hungary to discuss OA issues. The Budapest Open Access Initiative came up with a comprehensive description of what is meant by making OA literature accessible:

By “open access” to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.



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