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  • From: "Rebecca MacKinnon" <rebecca.mackinnon AT>
  • To: cc-hk <cc-hk AT>, cchk-exco AT
  • Subject: [Cc-hk] Fwd: HKU URC endorsement of the Open Access Advantage
  • Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 09:19:41 +0800

Great news, and well timed!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Palmer <dtpalmer AT>
Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 8:51 AM
Subject: HKU URC endorsement of the Open Access Advantage
To: Michael Duckworth <duckwort AT>, Rebecca MacKinnon
<rebecca.mackinnon AT>, Colin Day <colinday AT>

HKU Research Committee Agrees to Endorse a Paper on the Open Acccess Advantage

The University Research Committee of the University of Hong Kong at
their September meeting discussed a paper describing the benefits of
placing research results in open access, freely available to everyone.

This paper, authored by the undersigned Hong Kong Open Access
Committee, described how large players, such as the US National
Institute of Health and the UK's Wellcome Institute now require their
funded researchers to place their research results in open access, and
the increase in citations and reputation that they expect to achieve
with this action.

The HKU URC found that there is an Open Acccess Advantage, and that if
policy is adopted in favour of open access it will achieve RGC and HKU
stated goals of Knowledge Transfer. They agreed to endorse the
arrangements suggested in this paper under, "Specific Proposal", for
how RGC and the UGC funded institutions can likewise place their
research results in open access.

We ask that recipients of this email make this result widely known,
with the goal of requiring open access on Hong Kong tax-payer funded
research, for Hong Kong citizens, and the world. We encourage other
relevant authorities and committees to likewise consider and make
policy to require open access on publicly funded research. We have an
opportunity to showcase our research wealth with the world, and
thereby make a truly historic decision.

John Bacon-Shone, The University of Hong Kong

Edwin Cheng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Anthony Ferguson, The University of Hong Kong

Carmel McNaught, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

David Palmer, The University of Hong Kong

Ah Chung Tsoi, Hong Kong Baptist University

- Chair, HK OA Committee

Rebecca MacKinnon
Assistant Professor, Journalism & Media Studies Ctr.
University of Hong Kong (
E-mail: rmack AT | Tel: +852-2219-4005

"The world is talking. Are you listening?"

Public lead: Creative Commons Hong Kong

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