33 New North American Signatories to OA Declaration

The Berlin 9 Open Access Conference took place last week (Nov 9-10, 2011) in Washington D.C. It is the first time that this highly regarded annual OA meeting has been held in North America. In recognition of this event, there was a surge in North American signatories to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.
From the Nov 9, 2011 press release:
“Thirty-three research institutions, associations, and foundations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have made a commitment to Open Access to research by signing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. These top private, public, and non-profit organizations join nearly 300 more from around the world in another clear sign of the growing demand for change in the way scientific and scholarly research results are communicated and maximized….
“The Berlin Declaration promotes the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge. Its goal is to make scientific and scholarly research more accessible to the broader public by taking full advantage of the possibilities offered by digital electronic communication. Signatories support actions that ensure the future Web is sustainable, interactive, and transparent – and that content is openly accessible – in order to realize the vision of a global and accessible representation of knowledge.

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