Open Access - an Aggregators View
Author: Gareth Williams, ProQuest Information and Learning, United Kingdom
In this increasingly complex world of learned information delivery and discovery - is it possible that "free open access" really does threaten the aggregator? Open Access and Institutional Repositories are slowly and inevitably gaining momentum. Broader access to top-level information via Google (and other internet search engines) does indeed appear to be "good enough" for many in their search for content.
ProQuest is primarily an aggregator of content, creating products and services which serve to add value to the end user. This puts us in direct contact with academic librarians and faculty at institutions around the world. That, in turn, allows us a very useful perspective on the current "state of the nation" in terms of the predominant trends in information quality and access to the academic world.
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