Peter Suber on the Open Access Movement

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2008 interview by Reid Cornwell, at



"is scholarly research being held hostage by the academy? Some seem to think so, and some are doing something about it, by creating a new model for the scholarly publishing industry - called Open Access. The Open Access model offers scholarly work free of charge and free of copyright online. However, achieving Open Access may be easier said than done.

March 3, 2009 @ 9:00 am · Berkman Center, radioberkman
Last week Peter Suber, Senior Researcher at SPARC gave a great presentation at Harvard University (check it out here), so we thought we’d pick his brain for a bit on the battle for Open Access." (



Richard Poynder interviews Peter Suber, leader of the Open Access movement.


"Philosopher, jurist, and one-time stand-up comic, Peter Suber is widely viewed as the de facto leader of the open access (OA) movement.

A senior researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Access Project Director for the public interest advocacy group Public Knowledge, and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Suber is also an advisor to a number of other OA-related organisations — including the Wikimedia Foundation, the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the Australian Open Access to Knowledge Law Project (OAK)."