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26 universities to Open Access publishing model

Turre Legal counseled a consortium of Finland’s universities of applied science (aka. AMK) to create a digital repository for theses and research publications . The project adopted a joint Open Access mandate that means that annually 20.000 academic thesis and thousands of scholarly articles written by the staff of the AMK will be openly accessible online.

After 1 January 2010, the Universities of Applied Sciences will require all teachers and researchers who work at the universities to save a copy of their research essays that are published in scientific publications, or a university publication series, in the open electronic library, Theseus.

According to Harvard’s open access guru Peter SuberThis is, by far, the largest set of institutions to adopt a joint OA mandate.”

As a part of the project Turre’s partner Herkko Hietanen has been translating Creative Commons 3.0 licenses to Finnish legal system. The license translation and adoption  is at its final stretches and waits for the CC headquarters’s approval. Theseus enables students and teachers to choose a Creative Commons license to their works if they so desire.

Here is a poster of the project and here is an article published in SciecomInfo.

Here is the current draft of the CC 3.0 license for you consideration. Comments to the license are welcomed.

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  1. Just about every AMK offers masters programs. And ”university” is not misleading. It is historically used very broadly in English languate – amk does certainly fit in the spectrum. Only the finnish equivalent word, yliopisto, is (=or we are?) anal-retentive.

  2. Great, wider support for open access is good news. However I wonder how CC is better license than, say, the verbatim license (http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/licenses.html#VerbatimCopying) endorsed by the Free Software Foundation for scientific papers. The latter has the clear advantage of being concise and understandable (which is why I used it for my thesis; first I was going to use the cc-by-nd, but halfway reading through the license I got frustrated and gave up.)

  3. Hi Herkko,

    Actually Universities of Applied Sciences like Laurea (http://www.laurea.fi) and many others do offer masters programs (for example MBA). These are available to BBA students who have gathered at least three years of work experience after graduating. Great work with Theseus!


    Juius Tuomisto
    Project Manager, ORE (Open Rendering Environment)
    Laurea University of Applied Sciences

  4. Anonymous: Yes I realized it myself. The Finnish universities of applied science are granting undergrad ”Bachelor of arts” degrees. The universities that have master programs were not among the institutions to adapt the policies.
    Nevertheless, I know that they are following closely how the 26 schools are doing and have their own projects to take advantage of the OA-model

  5. ”26 universities to Open Access publishing model”

    Somewhat misleading title, don’t you think?

  6. I’m sure there are a number of important drawbacks to this, but ultimately, I have to say ”Bravo!” The ”have nots” of the world are starving for information, and the university system tends to hoard it for the ”haves”. But, when we think of knowledge the way Thomas Jefferson did, as a candle that we can light other candles with, and not diminish our own, knowledge becomes a public good. Knowledge should be accessible to people so they can use it to lift themselves out of poverty, and to promote innovation. Besides, we don’t go to universities for access to professors alone. We go for access to students, too. Students play an important role in defining a university. So, even if knowledge becomes open, like this, there is still primary value that universities have that gives them a comparative advantage over someone just having access to research, etc. This thinking was a big motivator behind http://themorningsidepost.com , a site I used to co-manage at Columbia University. That site has a goal of providing a window into Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, so the world could potentially benefit from the knowledge within that school.

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