Many thanks to students in my LIBR 559K class this spring (the open access class) for a great discussion on advocacy strategies for open access to the agricultural literature. Following is a summary of the discussion, posted with permission of the class, which will be cross-posted to the course blog.
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?)