Open Access

There is some empty shelves to fill...
There is some empty shelves to fill about Open Access…

Early on in my life I worked a lot with different school magazines, leaflets and so on. From the beginning with a typewriter for the text and Letraset for the headings. I cut and paste pictures and learned, since I couldn´t draw beautiful myself, which pictures can you use and not. In those days the problem was to find suitable pictures. Then in 1985 I got my first computer and was able to cut and paste on the screen and didn´t have to use Letraset any more. There was no Internet as we know it now, but there was an exchange of pictures in computer-users clubs on floppy disks. There you got a lot of pictures you could use. When the laser printer become more at hand, the quality of the pictures (often carton-type) became more important.

In the beginning of the Internet-use the philosophy of everything should be free was very dominant. Even if you wasn´t allowed to use it – you used it anyway because everything on the net should be free. But then when I myself began with homepages there was a growing awareness of what you are allowed to use and not. At that time there were a number of pages on the net with clipart you could use for free.

When I was begun to use PowerPoint-presentations and a computer +projector to my presentations and lectures I had a growing need to get photographs with a bit higher resolution. Sometimes I could take pictures of my own and then scan them to the computer, but they took so much space and memory on the computer and space and memory then was did cost a lot of money. I found a way in buying pictures and after 15 years a still use some of them. There was clipart-CD you could buy with pictures and some photos that were free to use non-commercial and then there was photo-CDs with high-resolution photos – the type you sometimes can see in magazines.

I use pictures in my PowerPoint-presentations and on the Internet. More and more I have come to use my own pictures because it´s so easy to just pick up your Smartphone and take a fairly good picture you can use. Do I use pictures without permission? Off course I do, but more and more unusual nowadays.

The Creative Commons is new to me. I haven´t dug in to this until now and see that there is a big world to learn. But if you want to use then you should share – that is ethics I think. So I have to look into how to share as well of using shared photos.

The field of open access is really growing fast. Another field of open access that interest me is scientific articles. I often read and use open access articles. The problem here is that it often cost a lot of money to publish in open access papers like the BioMed Central.

References

BioMed Central: https://www.biomedcentral.com/

Creative Commons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YkbeycRa2A

 

6 reaktioner på ”Open Access”

  1. Mats it was interesting to read about your own experiences of using and publishing photos! I have no such experiences myself. Fantastic that you can still use some of the photos you bought many years ago. That’s quality.

    I also like the idea of solidarity, ethics, democracy or what ever we like to call it, in the concept of opening up and sharing information, methods and other resources. As you wrote, that was one of the fundamental objectives when internet was all new.

  2. Hello!
    Yes, it was interesting to read about your great interest and long experience of editing photos. Then I understand how you can write such fine texts with accompanying photos. You have been practicing this for several years and it has really paid off.
    For me, the Creative Commons licenses, was new, too and something I have been thinking much about what rules to apply so it feels good to have some clarity on this. I also use many photos which I download from the net when I teach in global public health for example. A picture says more than 1000 words.

  3. HI Matts,

    This is wonderful and so authentic. You are a natural writer unlike me 🙁 I had never thought of building my own database of pictures and yet we are constantly photographing everything we see and do nowadays. We are so accustomed to accessing a search engine when we want a picture but if we actually dig in to our own pictures taken I think we will be amazed to see what we find.

  4. This is wonderful and so authentic. You are a natural writer unlike me 🙁 I had never thought of building my own database of pictures and yet we are constantly photographing everything we see and do nowadays. We are so accustomed to accessing a search engine when we want a picture but if we actually dig in to our own pictures taken I think we will be amazed to see what we find.

  5. If more educators published their resources with a cc license we would all benefit. Many people publish on the net and don’t add the CC license and that means your resource is locked and no-one can use it without written permission.
    With Open Access publishing I know many journals that do not charge for publication. I’ve never paid to have an OA article published but maybe it’s different depending on the field you work in.

  6. Mats, thank you for your post that shows how digitalization has changed our world only in 30 years. I’m taking lot of photos and I share them in social media but to be honest I haven’t thought if someone is using them. CC-licenses are not new to me but I haven’t used them for some reasons. Today I used them for the first time when my friend asked a permission to use one of my photos. My aim is to use cc-licensens in my photos and slides in the future to get some experience and show an example for the others.

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