2016 — Institutional Repositories in the Czech Republic
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"It has been said that generosity comes to those who need it most. The open access (OA) movement and its corollary, institutional repositories (IR), bring a type of generosity to the Czech Republic that is revolutionary for a country that emerged from Communist censorship less than 30 years ago. However, most proponents view OA as a fairness issue rather than benevolent generosity. The OA philosophy holds that intellectual work should be freely available to access and use fairly. It prioritizes expediting the delivery of new information in pursuit of facilitating the creation of new knowledge, which is at the heart of the EU OA initiatives that now affect the Czech Republic. Institutional repositories, subject repositories, national repositories, and research repositories came to being as a direct manifestation of OA principles."