world’s knowledge is increasingly being held to ransom

Canadian librarian leads worldwide digital revolt for free knowledge

A bearded 52-year-old Canadian university librarian is leading a digital revolt that is starting to go global.

It began when an academic database proposed increasing the fee it charges the University of Prince Edward Island by 120 per cent.

Mark Leggott snapped.

“The world’s knowledge is increasingly being held to ransom and available only to those who can pay the fees,” Leggott told the Star on Tuesday.

He announced in a campus-wide letter that as chief librarian he had cancelled UPEI’s subscription to Web of Science and was launching “an effort to create a free and open index to the world’s scholarly literature called ‘Knowledge For All’.”

Then he contacted librarians in Canada and around the world.

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