Today’s important for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s election day here in Canada. Second, because it’s the first global Open Access Day, a day to spread the word about the benefits of open access to online information and knowledge. Law is one of the areas where free and open access to data is of the highest importance to the health of a society, and fortunately for us here in Canada we have CanLII, which steadily improves in coverage and utility. Now we need law faculties to decide to make their scholarship freely available to all, in the way that Harvard has done.
In celebration of Open Access Day, Yale’s Information Society Project and Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School in Brazil have published a book, Access to Knowledge in Brazil: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development [PDF], and made it available free. Print copies may be ordered from Lulu.com for the cost of printing only.