Open Access publishing and OER initiatives strongly supported by Norwegian government

Lisbet Rugtvedt’s talk at the "Technology for Participation" conference in Kristiansand, Norway, June 27, can be accessed in full here. Rugtvedt is State Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Research, Norway.

Speaking of new publishing pathways, Rugtvedt says that “the most challenging part of Open Access is related to Open Access publishing. Open access has been the subject of much discussion amongst several groups, and some even see it as a threat. However, it is my firm belief that Open Access publishing can be an important tool in order to increase access to and dissemination of research. Dissemination is after all the third main area of activity in higher education, and we owe it to the public at large to facilitate easy access to research financed by public funding. Open Access is also well suited for younger researchers who need to get a high number of citations early in their careers.”

However, she also makes it clear that “Open Access publishing must not run the risk of being perceived as second rate. If so, Open Access publishing will by many is regarded as a fringe activity. I think the ideals of the Open Access movement should be paired with the traditions of peer reviewing well embedded in Academia.”

Rugtvedt also touches on Open Educational Resources (OER) and the role for governments in supporting such initiatives. “They expand access to learning for everyone, especially for non-traditional groups of students. Open Educational Resources can be an efficient way of promoting lifelong learning, and such initiatives can bridge the gap between non-formal, informal and formal learning,” she says.