I recently got involved with an awesome new project—-the Open Access Button. The Open Access Button is a new browser plugin launching on November 18 (6 days!) that allows people to report when they hit a paywall and cannot access a research article.
When a user reports not being able to access a research article, the Open Access Button records the user’s location, their profession, and why they were looking for this research. The Open Access Button then integrates this information onto a map to create a real time, worldwide, interactive picture of the access problem. The integration of social media will allow you to make this problem visible to the world.
One more additional amazing fact: it is student driven. Two students in the UK were frustrated about the scholarly publishing system, plotted this great idea, and recruited the developers to make it happen.
All my fellow library school friends, tumblarians, and anyone else reading that supports open access, please join Open Access Button in changing the system by signing up to be among the first to try the Open Access Button and joining our thunderclap to spread the word. We’re at a social reach of 756,000 right now and with your help we could hit a million!