Reflecting on Topic 5

Here is a PowToon of my reflection on this topic:

My comment on Kemi’s blog looked at the future of libraries. Perhaps their role will decrease in society and will change to them offering advice on journals. This therefore won’t make them extinct but instead will improve their profile by working together to provide OA content. I think there will always be a need for libraries and OA might actually evolve easier within them.

Peter Coles (2012) highlights how open access is crucial in maintaining confidence in science. As he states, “to seek to prevent your data becoming freely available is plain unscientific” and, one might add, immoral, as Mike Taylor (2013) explains here from hindsight. My 2nd comment looks at just that – free music doesn’t necessarily mean no value. How will the music industry change? Whilst artists releasing free music (like Miley Cyrus did with her album Dead Petz) gives them great exposure and builds their relationship with fans, is this a sustainable form of artistry? Perhaps only established, well-marketed and successful artists can afford to do so, as those starting out might need some sort of income to be able to make a profit from their material before offering it all for free. This echoes the idea of OA in the educational sense, with publishers looking to be well established when publishing material to paying sights.


While scrolling through other people’s comments, I came across a Computer Scientist’s approach to the the subject. This Past student talked about how developers that  choose open source software but subsequently choose the wrong security package, can potentially have devastating consequences on their material, something that I hadn’t really thought about. I guess this could be linked with the entertainment’s industry’s problem of piracy.

I would be interested to know how many actual journals go down the route of YouTube and Spotify of providing free access supported by advertising and paid-for-advertisement free subscription models. I think this could really help LEDC’s contribute to cutting-edge research and enrich their knowledge and fuel insightful contributions.

If we take Spotify’s royalties model, it seems that OA has a definite future in benefiting artists and consumers:


To me, it seems that the pros of OA outweigh the cons.


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