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Free access: publicly funded research v oligopoly

Radio interview on Radio Northern Beaches – Community Voices with Michael Lester & Professor Ginny Barbour

Introduction (Michael Lester):  Australia spends over $10 billion a year on research funding in universities, research organisations and private companies but access to the results is behind very high and expensive ‘paywalls’ put there by a highly profitable multi billion dollar global publishing oligopoly. COVID highlighted the importance of free, open, timely access to research results. University libraries are paying up to $500m a year for subscriptions that they cannot afford to give access to students, teachers and researchers. I discuss with Prof Virginia (Ginny) Barbour  of QUT (Director of  Open Access Australasia) the international open access movement, freeing up in place in Europe and America, and latest activities, models and reforms proposed in Australia.
Original link to recording here.