“It is important to create open research environments for discussions on openness to be effective”Name: Jiří Marek
Position: Ph.D student in Environmental Engineering & Open Access Co-ordinator
Expertise: Chemistry, Technology of Environmental Protection
Institution: Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry & Rectorate, Central Library
Country: Czech Republic
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ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2132-762X
An interview with Jiří Marek on 10 December 2015
Philosophically, I believe that Open Access is a starting point towards building the Information Society.
I am active in OA as:
– An Open Access Coordinator at Brno University of Technology
– An editor of a new book that summarises the status quo of OA in the Czech Republic
– A member of the Creative Commons Czech Republic Team
– A first-year Ph.D. student at Brno University of Technology where I also explain OA to my peers
– A promoter of OA at all sorts of opportunities with peers, friends and others outside academia.
I tweet about OA when I can.
“Reduce the time in summarising information from months to perhaps weeks.”
I am specifically referring to fields where essential empirical data can be extracted from articles to better understand the research problem, e.g. in the waste water research area. Here, OA-published articles can be harvested using text and data-mining software to effectively reduce the time in summarising information from months to perhaps weeks. It is this, in my view that is really one of the best benefits that Open Access can provide to researchers.
“See Open Access as a pillar of a modern Information Society.”
In the Czech Republic, the infrastructure is ready, but some form of official statement from the government on the topic is still missing. For this reason, many researchers have the perception that Open Access is merely yet another extra administrative task to add to their already busy schedules. The challenge here is to change their opinion, and for them to see Open Access as a pillar of a modern Information Society. I do see strong potential in OA take-up, however, amongst new, young Ph.D. students or researchers, like myself, as they are open to new ideas.
In the OA community we need more insight into the diverse needs of researchers from different fields to be able to successfully meet their expectations in the new software or services that service institutions provide. In fact, I think that the dialogue about OA is generally held between librarians, policy makers and publishers, rather than with researchers, and hardly ever with the readers of OA articles outside academia and the research community. This needs to change.
Copyright: Jan Skupa, Brno University of Technology University. Creative Commons CC-BY Licence.
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