The Pacific University Council approved December 8, 2011 a Resolution in Support of Open Access and Authors’ Rights "Whereas, the mission of Pacific University is to promote an environment of discovery through a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, to collaborative scholarly and creative activities, to sustainable practices, to promotion of diverse perspectives, and to civic engagement; and .... RESOLVED, that A. the faculty, staff and students of Pacific University, in recognition of their commitment to open intellectual exchange, both locally and globally, and to the equity and sustainability of access to knowledge, should consider these options when deciding how to share their work: • depositing their own published scholarly and professional articles in CommonKnowledgeor other open access repositories in order to provide the widest and most affordable access to their work; and • using CommonKnowledge to openly share, as deemed appropriate by their department or school, other forms of unpublished scholarly, creative or professional work; and • using an Addendum to Publication Agreement (such as that provided by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)) in order to retain their right to share their published work as widely as possible; and • investigating the pricing and authors’ rights policies of journals with which they collaborate (as authors, reviewers, and editors) and advocating for improvements therein; and • publishing their work in reasonably priced journals or in peer-reviewed open access journals; ....."
"This opening up can generate tax revenues which far exceed revenue from any fees previously charged for the data.
But the benefits aren’t just economic. They improve the transparency of our democratic and public institutions. They can improve the quality of decision-making within public administrations themselves – through informed, evidence-based policymaking. And they can help those from all sectors of society – like apps that help people with disabilities find wheelchair-accessible buildings.
Today’s legal proposals are in two parts. First, the Commission itself will be practising what we preach, putting our own data on a single portal, free, open, easy to use. And we are pushing the EU’s other institutions and agencies to join us too.
Second, we are proposing changes to the Public Sector Information Directive. Changes which will make accessing public data from any level within the EU:
Cheaper (with fees, if anything, set at just marginal costs)
Easy to use, with an automatic right to re-use, no need for complicated authorisations
Wider in scope – as we include valuable cultural material, fromlibraries, archives and museums – although for these institutions, it will be under rules which respect their particular commercial vulnerability"