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In the July 2012 newsletter from FQS, there is a wealth of information about the Open Access issue.
The url below will get you to the latest issue of the journal, but that's not the newsletter--sorry, but this is a start.
Three policy statements that have powerful implications for qualitative researchers are:
The Royal Society of London's Report: http://royalsociety.org/policy/projects/science-public-enterprise/report
Research Council of the UK's Report: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/news/2012news/Pages/120716.aspx
European Commission in Brussel's Report: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/790&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en
A country and a collection of countries have come to the decision to archive publicly funded data. The open access is not just about publication, but about the data that was collected--the project has now become a product--a thing of value.
In the US, the response has been slower, but agency by agency we are coming around to the same place.
There are policies now in place for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Justice...and more are coming in line.
Qualitative researchers need to wake up, smell the coffee, and start discussing this issue. I think it is one of those things with great opportunity and significant dangers.