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Submissions/The Full OA Stack - Open Access and Open Source

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

This session will take place at 10:30am on Sunday, August 10, in Frobisher 456.

Submission no. 6018
Title of the submission
The Full OA Stack - Open Access and Open Source
Type of submission
Author of the submission
  • Adam Hyde
  • John Chodacki
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Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog


Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Open Access and Open Source both stand for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse - one for code and one for science. Both movements understand that the power of reusable science and code is in both the planned value (what you expect to happen) AND in the unplanned value (innovative re-use). Surely then the two movements are perfectly aligned and together provide a Full OA Stack for the production, provision and reuse of scientific knowledge?

Unfortunately this is not the case - the OA world is largely populated by proprietary tools.

What has happened here? Why is the sector dominated by closed source software? What is needed to stimulate the adoption of Open Source? Can we sensibly talk about a true Open Access movement when the tools themselves are closed source? What consequences are there for the OA science community when their tools, and consequently, their workflows, are controlled by proprietary vendors - vendors whose source code licensing specifiably prohibits access and reuse?

The session will be tailored to present a short overview of the available softwares in this sector and expose the reliance on proprietary tools. The small, but growing, number of Open Source projects in this area will also be addressed. The panel will then quickly move into a discussion about the Open Access ideals and whether they are interlinked with Open Source software. Are these two movements intimately aligned or is it possible to consider Open Access encapsulated within a closed source world? Which role can Open Source play to advance the case of Open Access, and vice versa?


  • John Chodacki (PLOS)
  • Sebastian Rahtz (OxGarage, Oxford University)
  • Dr Martin P Eve (Open Library of Humanities, University of Lincoln)
  • Dr Daniel Mietchen (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)
  • Adam Hyde (FLOSS Manuals)

Moderated by Adam Hyde

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60 minutes
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