I've been meaning to write something about open access for some time. There seems to be quite a head of steam building up, especially in the UK with several kites flown about making all publicly-funded research open access. This is the latest:
The government is to unveil controversial plans to make publicly funded scientific research immediately available for anyone to read for free by 2014, in the most radical shakeup of academic publishing since the invention of the internet.
The bleating from the paywall-protected publishing industry has been shrill and feeble in equal measure. Good riddance to them.