[LINK] Rather Fascinating study on Open Access

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Jul 10 10:00:29 AEST 2009

Anthony Hornby wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> Forgot to say thanks for the link :-)
> It is important to make researchers aware that a wider move to Open
> Access should translate into more field trips, more lab equipment,
> more $$$ for what they actually care about - the doing of research +
> make it a lot easier to discover and build on research that has gone
> before and that the sky won't fall in on quality  if the status quo
> changes.
> This conference I attended last year had some interesting sessions -
> might be worth a look.
> http://www.oar2008.qut.edu.au/program/

The main issue is that the research/evidence is available to be applied.

By way of example the contrast in two projects undertaken in my local area is
stark - and to somewhat emphasise the point, the writeup of the successful "Cool
Communities" project, which was extended, is published and available freely.

Whereas the write up of the unsuccessful project
"Mangrove battlelines: culture/nature and ecological restoration" is locked away
in a journal somewhere. Note, the first project was a local council with federal
funding, the second was by the Sydney City council (but also involved a number
of state government agencies).

Though the evidence of the failed project is demonstrated by the photograph of
walled in mangroves on the sydney harbour foreshore. Links to both research
papers and photograph of sad mangroves here:

So, when I submitted these two studies to The Government
2.0 Public Sphere wiki only one study will be available.

Marghanita da Cruz
Phone: (+61)0414 869202

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