May 28 class powerpoint and advocacy strategies for open access in agriculture

Powerpoint:   May 28 LIBR 559K presentation

Advocacy strategies for open access to the agricultural literature – summary of class discussion

Tension between public good and agribusiness – talking points

  • taxpayer funding
  • impacts everyone – whole world – we all eat (are food consumers)
  • food security / avoiding starvation and famine
  • food safety
  • how much funding to research on turf & lawn as compared to food? what’s more important?
  • linkages with health and environmental science
  • counter to disinformation (e.g. pesticides)
  • agribusiness – tie conditions to subsidies?

Agriculture as a public good – possible alliances

  • small / family farms
  • rural populations
  • organic farmers
  • farmers’ market customers

Strategies for talking with agricultural researchers

  • medicine has prestige and lots of OA / good role model
  • can the farmers who might benefit from this research access your articles?
  • adapting information to local conditions (an argument for re-use?)

Comment: I was very impressed with this discussion, and will be cross-posting to my own scholarly blog and elsewhere!

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