The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to inform and be informed.
Just how many scholars and researchers are running into paywalls as they go about their work? A new initiative, the Open Access Button, is in the process of making it very clear.
Launched on Tuesday, the Open Access Button is a browser bookmarklet to be used like so: whenever a researcher encounters a paywall, they click the button, and their individual moment of frustration and denial is added to a world map.
As Joseph McArthur, one of the creators, says:
We created The Open Access Button to collect these separate experiences and to showcase the global magnitude of the problem.