Topic 5: Advantages and disadvantages to a content producer of making their materials freely available online12
December 9, 2014 by sylviakangkang
Check out this 55 seconds video to get an idea of what a content producer is!
Watched it? Yup, that is where your all online information comes from!
But imagine students like us were to face pop-up paywalls for every single research we do? Well, that is a lot to ask for a student! Especially in the tertiary level, we have abundant of projects and research to do. Isn’t it scary when you have to pay for school fees and homework?
I bet you want to have a “heavy brain” filled with information. Of course it wouldn’t be possible without open access.
Now, put yourself into the shoes of a content producer, what do you think are the pros and cons if they were to put all their work online for free? While you think about it, let me share some of my views!
The above illustration is done by me to show a bigger picture of what a content producer can gain. Let’s say I am a passionate content producer that writes everything about electronics. My materials are free and informative. Thus, it can be shared amongst everyone. If my work is good, people will download my work and i will gain many citation flows. So how do I feel when my work is constantly shared in the electronics forum? AWESOME! Now that my work is trustworthy, I will gain recognition and confidence to produce even better work because it is valued by people. Then, outstanding content producers may eventually be headhunted by many companies!
Here’s another video from Mohamad Noor that supports my view!
When there is open access, readers (Sponge) are able to absorb all the information from content producers (Water). As a content producer, would you dig out every single penny (just like how a sponge absorb every single drop of water) to pay for publication fees and share everything you got? Content producers pay and share their researched work online for free while you get a “heavy brain” of knowledge without a single effort needed. So who is gonna pay their bills?
There are definitely more pros and cons to answer this question. As a student, I would SURELY support open access! But as a content producer? Maybe not. What I feel is, it depends on how content producer sees it. Some may feel that its not worth doing it because some people take advantage. Here is a interesting discussion video-
What online content producer do we support?
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