Standing up for Open Access

Monika Bargmann machte in Inetbib auf einen Artikel in Inside Higher Education aufmerksam: Standing up for Open Access.

Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were perplexed: How could a membership organization that gladly accepts and archives their scholarly work turn around and limit transmission of the material?

MIT faculty have contributed roughly 350 papers in the last eight years to the Society of Automotive Engineers’ digital database, according to Ellen F. Duranceau, scholarship publishing and licensing consultant for MIT Libraries. They were used to sharing the technical papers found through the site with colleagues and viewing the material in multiple sittings.

But a policy enacted by SAE about two years changed the nature of the service. The group began requiring users to download a plug-in that prevented sharing encrypted documents over a network. Users could only view a paper on a single desktop computer and were allowed one printed copy per access code. No saving a copy to the computer. No photocopying. SAE also changed pricing models so that users were charged per view, Duranceau said.

Die Bibliothek des MIT reagierte, wie es sich gehört: MIT Faculty and Libraries Refuse DRM; SAE Digital Library Canceled. SAE hat angekündigt, DRM zumindest in diesem Jahr nicht oder nur eingeschränkt anwenden zu wollen.