Open Access (again), Buzzfeed and 15 minutes of Fame

Project Management and Advanced Research

So, I’ve been thinking more about open access and the green, gold and diamond models of which I know very little. However, I do have an analogy that might help me to understand some of the things that are going on.

In the year 2015 at the end of June I made a Buzzfeed quiz for my friend. Buzzfeed allows anyone to make whatever content they wish, from articles to quizzes. Once uploaded, this content is accessible to all.

I was making, in this instance, a not niche, but an apparently not-yet-made quiz: Which Jane Austen Hero are You? A quick search in 2015 yielded no results, and the only quiz there was on such a topic included Austen’s antagonists too, namely Wickham, Willoughby and Mr Collins. Not exactly the heroes I was after.

So, off I went to make the quiz.

However, the day after making that quiz, whose…

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