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In the light of this event, OAButton have started working on a 2.0 version of their project, which is said to release in time for Open Access Week in October. They are currently campaigning to get the £20,000 of funding needed to get ahead with the project.
The Open Knowledge Foundation, too, is calling for volunteers to join in on working on the Festival Event in July in Berlin.
But not all is well in open access world and Digiday has released an article on how big viral publishers stack up against each other. Using social media, therefore is not necessarily the best option in getting traffic for catchy content. Read the full article here.
On University World News the solution seems to be to stop publishing altogether. Brianne Kent discusses the current publishing culture and opts for a future in archiving. Open Access Archiving. Read all about it here.