As one of the original signatories to the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), Leslie Chan has been at the forefront of the open access movement for 20 years. At the time of signing, the BOAI offered a hopeful vision for the future of scholarly communication in which scholars would use the internet to take back the means of academic production and provide free, unrestricted access to scholarly outputs.
In the years since the BOAI, open access has made a significant impact on the publishing landscape, yet many of the inequities, monopolies, and incentive structures that existed 20 years ago are still in place. For open access advocates seeking to upend traditional modes of academic publishing, it is imperative that we take a critical look at the trajectory of the open access movement and reflect on its successes and missed opportunities .
Join UBC Library and the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology for a conversation with Leslie Chan to discuss the history of the open access movement from BOAI to today and what steps we can take in the future to work towards the original promise of an equitable, scholar-led communication and research landscape.