Open Access can progress on several fronts – the development of policy, technical enhancements that better enable it, and cultural shifts that accelerate its acceptance. In Europe over the past couple of years we’ve seen progress in all these areas, and the cultural shift in particular is rather hot news at the moment. I will provide an overview of what has been happening and point to some of the reasons why so that we can work out how to continue to capitalise on these things in the coming months.
About Alma Swan
Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd and Director of European Advocacy Programmes for SPARC and Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, the organisation of universities promoting the principles of open scholarship in the academic community. She holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School.
Alma has BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Southampton and an MBA from Warwick Business School. She is a Fellow of the Society of Biology (UK) and a Chartered Biologist, is an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science & Technology) and is the former editor of its online magazine, The Euroscientist.
Bio and image taken from: http://www.openscholarship.org/