Science Publishing and the Internet

John Wilbanks, vice president of science at Creative Commons, argues in Seed that “…the Internet is poised to transform science publishing and science itself.”
“The changes wrought by digital networks in other content industries, from music to cinema to journalism, are coming to the scientific publishing industry as well. Libraries are canceling subscriptions; funders—especially tax payers—are moving to ensure access to knowledge produced by their investment; and new business models are emerging to challenge the industry. For scientific publishing the days of securing profit margins through punitive pricing and aggressively enforced digital-rights management are numbered.”
Restricting access to scientific knowledge only stifles innovation and impedes progress. Supporting Open Access to the results of research facilitates the speed of dissemination and ultimately enables broader participation in science.

2010 OA Summaries

It seems 2010 was great year for Open Access! Heather Morrison lists numerous stats for the year on her Dramatic Growth of Open Access blog entry, and states that “2010 was the strongest year for open access growth so far.”
Peter Suber has also released his comprehensive summary of Open Access in 2010 in the SPARC OA Newsletter #153. It is extensive, so if you want just the “highlights of the highlights” scroll down to section 10!