I am very thankful today for the opportunities the decision to start writing this blog has afforded me. Although I feel as though I’ve barely scratched the surface, I know I have learned a lot about open access in the last year, both through my reading and through the many wonderful conversations I have had with some very smart people. Indeed, in recent days I’ve finally turned my attention to Peter Suber’s book Open Access (MIT Press, 2012), and I hope to get a few more chapters read before the family arrives for dinner—review to follow in a subsequent post.
I am especially thankful for all the folks who found their way to my blog, and to those who clicked the “Follow” button in order to catch my updates. I hope I can dedicate a bit more time to this effort in the coming year.
Speaking of folks who found their way to my blog, I continue to be amazed by the network effect that multiplies the distribution of freely accessible information online—a power that open access leverages to disseminate scholarly communication in ways that print or (even) online toll-access modes cannot match. I just checked my statistics. After one year, the blog has logged just short of 12,000 views from 127 countries world-wide!