This week brings the 10th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative and in particular the declaration that for me lies at the heart of argument for Open Research in general. It is a remarkably prescient document that we are only now starting to see the real fruits of - it forsees the need for access beyond just reading, putting together the key characteristics of information ready to be connected, aggregated, indexed, and exploited for further research.

From the declaration:

By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.
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