February 15th, 2007 by Kaitlin Thaney
It’s Open Access Day! Brought to you by Free Culture and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA), today is a National Day of Action for students who support increased access to publicly funded research.
February 15 also marks the fifth anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, heralded as the beginning of the worldwide open access movement. Organizers hope this day of action will draw attention to the “importance of taxpayer access to publicly funded research” as well as help “rally support for Congressional passage of the Federal Research Public Access Act – introduced last year by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.).
Harvard’s Free Culture group raised OA awareness and support by announcing the creation of an open access repository system that would hold undergraduate students’ senior theses. The Thesis Repository project (also referred to as the “Free Thesis Project”) is said to be up and running by March 1, 2007, in time for this year’s graduates to submit their final papers.
All work will be put under a CC-BY license, allowing for the works to be freely shared and remixed as long as proper attribution is given.
For more information on the Thesis Repository Project, see their FAQ.