Petition Open Access at the University of Washington
"Open Access is an alternative to the traditional closed, subscription-based journal system of scholarly communication. Open Access makes scholarly journal articles available online for free, often immediately upon publication and with little to no barriers for scholarly and educational re-use. One way to do this is through the use of an institutional repository, which institutions including Harvard, MIT, the UC system, and the NIH already support. The University of Washington must join this movement. It should support its faculty and researchers in making their publications available online through a free, open, university-supported institutional repository. We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, hereby endorse the establishment of an Open Access institutional repository policy at the University of Washington ..."