Next event in the Wikimedia series on Open Access, the “ABC of Free Knowledge”


The mantra of academic capitalism is "publish or perish". And even though it is not literally a matter of life and death, researchers are still under pressure to make their research public in the most impactful way possible. In the 1990s, scholarly electronic publishing on the internet slowly began to displace print-based publishing. At the same time, the Open Source movement paved the way to open access (OA) – the principle of free access to scientific information. Today, freely accessible online publications are an integral part of the scientific landscape. Hence, for some years now, the largest scholarly journal in terms of the numbers of articles published is PLOS ONE, an online-only OA journal. The direction of the common thrust appears clear – namely, towards greater openness in science and scholarship. The beneficiaries include, not least, the Wikimedia projects, as this recent study shows very clearly.

However, there is wide divergence of opinion with regard to the concrete form that freely accessible publications should take. The aim of the next event in the ABC of Free Knowledge series is to explain rival OA models, to explore examples, and to address the following questions: What constitutes good and sustainable OA practice? Does OA need special measures in order to uphold scientific quality? How can OA publications be promoted? How can stronger incentives be created to encourage researchers to publish in OA? And how does the OA movement in the German scientific landscape compare to that in other European countries?

Date: 3 September 2015, 7:00 p.m. (admission 6:30 p.m.)

Venue: Wikimedia Deutschland e.V., Tempelhofer Ufer 23.24, 10963 Berlin

Welcome speech: Christian Rickerts, Executive Director, Wikimedia Deutschland 


Moderator: Isabella Meinecke, Hamburg University Press, Hamburg State and University Library

Performance: Science Slam by Marc Wenskat