Reflective Summary : Can open access apply to all materials?

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Reading through the different blogposts, many of my classmates agreed that having open access to academic articles helps them in their studies. Materials like academic articles can be open access to everyone as it helps to improve and explore new ideas as well as benefit the author themselves. However, what about the other materials?

After reading Nicole and Audrey post, I’ve learn that materials like videos, music and news articles have their way in approaching open access and I wonder if academic article can applied the same concept too. As mentioned by Stephanie, content producer can actually tried to charge a fee once the content producer has already achieved some sort of recognition and awareness of his/her previous works. Like ITunes, they actually charge a fee when people want to download music and people do download from there and I believe it’s because people know that the music is worth downloading. Same for articles, if there is a way to prove that the article is worthy for them to read then I believe people will pay for it so as to gain access to it.

On the other hand, the video Ryan post got me thinking if every material should be openly access by people. In the video, it mentioned that the web Prodigy Aaron feels that law cases should be openly access to everyone and he tried to create a website where people can upload their purchased material and upload to his website so that it can be read by others. However, it got him into trouble as people feels that it should be confidential and only certain people can have access to it.

So as to sum up, I feel that it very much depends on the purpose and importance of the material. Confidential information that involve political importance should be monitored closely on who are using it so open access may not be a good idea but materials like academic articles and music videos can be open access to a certain timing. For example, a trial period can be applied and after a certain hours or days of using it, a price will be charged.



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