open access

Matthew Cockerill, Biomed CentralThis week on Open Views I'm joined by Dr. Matthew Cockerill from BioMedCentral, a commercial Open Access publisher. BioMedCentral has a portfolio of 182 journals, a combination of both general titles such as the Journal of Biology, and much more specialized such as Malaria Journal and Biomedcentral Bioinformatics. All the research published by BioMed Central's journals is open access, but BioMed Central also provides access to various additional products and services that require a subscription. BioMed Central also operates Open Repository, a hosted digital repository solution for institutions.

In many ways Biomedcentral is experimenting with the different business models necessary for the new world of Open Access to work in a commercial setting. But having been in operation since 1999, it has definitely proven that the model of Open Access has commercial viability.

Matthew Cockerill started off as Biomedcentral's first employee, back in 1999, and has since served in several roles: technical director, operations director, and now Publisher, which is essentially like the managing director. He agreed to a conversation to talk about his work at BiomedCentral, and also the relevance of the Open Access model in an interconnected world.

Join me at 7pm on Tuesday and 7am on Thursday.

Peter SuberProfessor Peter Suber joins me this week on Open Views for an in-depth look at some of the historical background for Open Access, the current state of OA around the world, and the challenges posed by traditional publishing companies.

Peter Suber is currently Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge, a Washington DC based public interest group working to defend your rights in the emerging digital culture.

He is also Senior Researcher at The Scholarly Publication and Academic Research Coalition (SPARC), and Research Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Earlham College in Richmond Indiana.

Suber was the principal drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and sits on the Steering Committee of the Scientific Information Working Group of the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society, the Advisory Board of American Library Association Information Commons, and the Board of Governors of the International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publishing.

He has been active in promoting open access for many years through his research, writing, speaking, and other forms of advocacy.

See also: Richard Poynder's recent interview with Prof. Suber, and Suber's Open Access Newsletter

Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice Richard Baraniuk, CNX.orgUniversity. In 1999 he launched the Connexions project, a non-profit start-up that is aiming to bring the idea of "Rip, Mix, Burn" into the academic world. Connexions is a way for authors, educators, and learners worldwide to collaborate on all kinds of educational materials.

Richard vision is to revolutionize how we interact with textbooks, to make them more interesting, more current, and more relevant to individual academic curricula and institutions. The music world has benefited greatly by the ability to rip tracks, remix them into a different lineup, and customize tracks by our musical tastes. This is what Connexions will do for textbooks - create custom educational material to fit the learning/teaching styles of every user.

Join me on Tuesday at 7pm CST for my conversation with Richard Baraniuk. 

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