Why open access makes sense

My colleagues in the Communications are looking pleased and exhausted today.  The Francis Crick Institute’s new website launched this morning. It’s had a complete overhaul of style, structure and content.  I’ve not been closely involved but I know enough to appreciate what a huge task this has been.

I too was pleased to see that our new website has launched, specifically as it has a brief piece about the Library & Information Services team (on this page), including a short profile of me. More importantly there is a page about the Crick’s open access approach, headed ‘Accessing our research‘. This explains the OA policy in brief, with links to the full OA policy and to the data policy, and also mentions the Crick’s signing of the Hague Declaration and DORA.  As our approach to open science develops I hope we can add more to this page.

The website now has a broader range of content – there are ‘features’ and ‘perspectives’.  One of the perspectives is about the new website itself, explaining the changes and calling the site ‘a new shopfront for the Crick‘.  Another perspective is about open access and was written by me, with useful input from my colleagues. It’s called ‘Why open access makes sense for the Crick‘ but I would suggest it applies just as well to most other research institutions.

Why OA makes sense at the Crick

About Frank Norman

I am a retired librarian. I spent 40 years working in biomedical research libraries.
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