Facilitating access

The means for facilitating access to and the use of information outputs is, in truth, one of the most contentious of all the areas outlined in RIN’s Research and the Scholarly Communications Process: Towards Strategic Goals for Public Policy, their Statement of Principles.

Each of the stakeholders in scholarly communication is likely to say that it is one of the most crucial ends to seek and yet there is unparalleled diversity of opinion on the means by which it may be achieved in the context of other principles that assure quality, recognise contribution and offer effective dissemination. This diversity only underlines the importance of mutual understanding as to what is happening among all the stakeholders with regard to policy development outside of one’s own environment. This understanding allows a stakeholder to assess their ability to develop policy with regard to the interlocking roles of the participants in publishing, data, search and networking services.


RIN’s Statement of Principles sets out three key goals for public policy in this area:

1. A world-class information infrastructure for the cost-effective use and access to research outputs
2. Environments that emphasise ease of discovery and use with as few restrictions as possible
3. Partnership between publishers, libraries and service providers for investment in the infrastructure.

The references in the Policy Centre can be consulted with this perspective, as a snapshot of what is happening while it can only be through the collective vision of the stakeholder communities working together that can actually make the three goals reality when the whole community is aware of the contentious nature of the debates on facilitating access to and use of information outputs.



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