What Should We Mean by ‘Open Access’?

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This chapter asks what is, and should be, open access? After considering the meaning of ‘information’ and ‘open’, the extent to which the term ‘open access’ could have different meanings, and a focus on open access and information about resources (biological, genetic and in silico), with particular emphasis on marine bioprospecting and regimes in the areas beyond national jurisdiction, the chapter seeks to begin a conversation about how there can be further challenges to limiting access and a new combined approach to how open access is understood under treaty obligations, scientific practice and private ordering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAccess and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources
Subtitle of host publicationProblems and Solutions
EditorsCharles Lawson, Fran Humphries, Michelle Rourke
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781032295251, 9781003301998
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2022


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