[Irtalk] Denise Nicholson: What stops academics from sharing?

Leti Kleyn Leti.Kleyn at up.ac.za
Wed Aug 26 12:26:49 SAST 2015

Access to information is a basic human right entrenched in the South African Constitution. Yet there are many barriers restricting or preventing access to information. 
The biggest barriers are: access to the internet; restrictive copyright laws together with digital rights management systems that “lock up” information or restrict access; unreasonable policies and embargo periods set by publishers on online material; and excessively priced books. 
What needs to be done to lift the impossible restrictions currently in place? 

Dr Leti Kleyn
Manager: Open Scholarship Programme
E-Services Unit
Department of Library Services 
Merensky Library Room 2.24.2
University of Pretoria
8 leti.kleyn at up.ac.za ) 012 420 3876
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