Open Access (OA) is a world-wide movement which aims to make peer-reviewed scholarly research and publications freely available online. It incorporates different political positions ranging from neoliberal support for research as innovation that is supposed to strengthen the economy, to theories of open access as an incarnation of “gift economy” or even “data communism”.
To celebrate Open Access Week in November 2013, my Goldsmiths colleague Sarah Kember and I took part in the debate on open access publishing titled Open Access: Challenges, threats and promises. The debate was chaired by trade publishing consultant Helen Bagnall.
Part of Goldsmiths' 'Technology vs Tradition' series of podctasts, the podcast is available here: