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IT Manager's Journal: Open Access and Open Source Intersect in Public Knowledge Project

Mar 27, 2007, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a hybrid of two philosophical trends in technology: the well-known free and open source software movement, and the open access movement, whose goal is to provide free online access to scholarly research. By combining advocacy with the software tools needed to accomplish its aims, in nine years the project has grown to become a significant force in academic online publishing.

"PKP was founded in 1998 by John Willinsky, a professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Like many academics, Willinsky was aware of the serials crisis, the increasing difficulty academic institutions have in maintaining their periodical collections due to the rising number of journals and the increasing costs of individual issues..."

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