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Submissions/The Future of the Open Access Button

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 6019
Title of the submission

The Open Access Button Future and Wikipedia

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)

Presentation, followed by discussion

Author of the submission

David Carroll

E-mail address




Country of origin

United Kingdom

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Open Access Button/Medsin-UK

Personal homepage or blog


Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The Open Access Button is a bookmarklet that lets users track when they are denied access to research, then search for alternative access to the article. We launched the Open Access Button Beta at the Berlin 11 Student and Early Stage Researcher Conference in November 2013, with coverage in the Guardian, Scientific American and beyond. To date, over 6000 paywalls have been mapped since launch. What’s currently at openaccessbutton.org is just a taste of what we are now building and since November, the team has been hard at work building Button 2.0.

The aims of the session will be to inform delegates about the Open Access Button and how it seeks to push towards a more open scholarly publishing system. Delegates will learn not only about what the Open Access Button is and how it can aid individual researchers but also about how it is contributing to the Open Access movement, why this is important and what they can do on a personal level to get access to the papers they need as well as joining the movement to improve access to research for all. We will inform members of our work with some Wikipedians on the Signalling OA-Ness project. A project which hopes to mark the references in the English Wikipedia as being Open Access or closed access, alongside the licensing of the research cited.

The next version of the Button will be more powerful, better and more useful than the Beta. We will launch Button 2.0 by the end of 2014 and the session at Wikimania 2014 will be perfectly timed to be be composed of:

  • Discussions about the future of the Open Access Button
  • How the Wiki-community can help us and how we can help them
  • Integration of the Open Access Button with the Signalling OA-ness project
  • A question and answer session about the future of the Button.
  • Open Scholarship
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
45 minutes
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