CANCELLED: The Green Road of Open Access in Africa, Europe and North America: Differences in Rhetoric and their Implications for the OA Movement

Sunday, June 30, 2013 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

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Hall A, Exhibit Floor
Author: Natalia Bowdoin, Library Collections Coordinator/Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina Aiken

Open Access (OA) refers to free, online access to peer–reviewed scholarship. Many OA proponents view OA as a potential mechanism for reversing inequities in information flows between industrialized and non-industrialized nations. The "green road" of OA (self-archiving in an OA institutional repository) has seen substantial growth in African nations where there have historically been chronic problems both with access to scholarly and scientific materials and obstacles to participation in the larger scholarly and scientific community. For this study I compared the rhetoric used by OA institutional repositories from three different world regions. I conducted textual analysis of 75 websites of OA repositories in North America, Africa and Europe. Categories of analysis included whether the rhetoric reflected an Individualistic Perspective, Economic- Societal Perspective, Scholarly-Societal Perspective, Global/International Perspective, National Perspective and Local Community/Institution Perspective. Analysis of the specific rhetoric used to present the OA repositories reveals differing regional views on the importance of the OA movement in changing scholarly information flows and the role of the OA movement in improving information equity for societal change.

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