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This page hosts a rewrite of Budapest Open Access Initiative, based on this version.

The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) was a conference convened by the Open Society Institute on December 1-2, 2001. This small gathering of individuals is recognised as one of the major historical, and defining, events of the open access movement.

The opening paragraph of the Budapest Open Access Initiative encapsulates what the open access movement is all about, and what its potential is:

An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The new technology is the internet. The public good they make possible is the world-wide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature and completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds.

The 16 original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative included some of the world's early leaders in the open access movement: Leslie Chan of Bioline International; Darius Cuplinskas, Melissa Hagemann, Rima Kupryte and István Rév of Open Society Institute; Michael Eisen of the Public Library of Science; Fred Friend of the University College London; Yana Genova of Next Page Foundation; Jean-Claude Guédon of the Université de Montréal and Open Society Institute; Stevan Harnad of the University of Southampton/Université du Québec à Montréal; Rick Johnson of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC); Manfredi La Manna of the Electronic Society for Social Scientists; Monika Segbert, Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL.net) Project consultant; Sidnei de Souza, Informatics Director at CRIA, Bioline International; Peter Suber, Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College and The Free Online Scholarship Newsletter; Jan Velterop of BioMed Central.

On February 14, 2002, the BOAI was released in a version that could be signed by the public. By August 2006, over 360 organizations and 4,000 individuals had signed the initiative. By July 2011, these numbers were 5485 individuals and 591 organizations, respectively.[1]

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Published Feb 14, 2002, reports on plan for public launch. Free copy at http://www.nature.com/nature/debates/e-access/Articles/soros.html .
  • Newspaper reports on the launch:
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2002/02/14/Soros-backs-academic-rebels/UPI-97101013690808/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1818652.stm
2011: http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1319156241788282
2005: http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=2917