Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Michael Geist calls on Canadian government to implement open access policies

Michael Geist calls on the Canadian government to implement open access policies in a Tyee article, Fire up the Digital Jobs Machine


Research infrastructure. Canada has steadily increased funding for primary research at universities and colleges across the country, yet it continues to lag in implementing policies to ensure that all Canadians have access to results of that publicly-funded research. Other countries, including the United States and the European Union, have moved toward mandated "open access" policies that link access to research funded by taxpayers.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research established an open access policy last year, but billions of research dollars are still spent in Canada without any guarantees of public access. Flaherty should use the budget to confirm the government's commitment to public funding for health, science and social science research, but require Canada's research agencies to implement open access policies that offer better hope for a return on the sizable investment.

This post is part of the Canadian Leadership in the Open Access Movement series.