Right to Research Coalition


Related Issues

While the Right to Research Coalition focuses on Open Access to academic research, there are a number of closely related, important causes that we encourage you to learn about and consider advocating for.  Like Open Access, each of these issues seeks to open up access to information – the difference between each is the information in question.  

Open Educational Resources (OER)

The Open Educational Resource Movement focuses on increasing access to tools students use to learn – everything from textbooks to course material, such as syllabi, exams, and even entire lectures.

Creative Commons OER Wiki: answers basic questions about what OER is and the types of OER that are out there - a good starting point.

SPARC OER Page: useful collection of OER resources

Student PIRG Textbook Campaign: campaign for more affordable textbooks that emphasizes open textbooks.

The Cape Town Open Educational Resources Declaration: central statement for the OER movement which has been signed by over 200 organizations around the world.

MIT OpenCourseWare: MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) site where they make virtually all of their course material availa for free.

Open Data

Open Data is the idea that data from research should be made openly available for others to download, copy, analyze, re-process, pass to software, or use for any other purpose without financial, legal, or technical barriers.1

The Panton Principles: a statement of principles for Open Data

Science Commons' Protocol for Implementing Open Data

Open Science

The concept of Open Science is overarching and includes open access to the results of research as well as access to research tools (e.g. cell lines, reagents, DNA samples, etc) and Open Data.2 

Open Science Summit: a new conference focusing on Open Science and all its constituent parts


[1] Panton Principles: Principles for Open Data in Science, 04/2010 (accessed 07/26/10)

[2] Principles for Open Science, Science Commons, 2008 (accessed 07/26/10)