The notion of open access to scholarly information is not new. In recent years, however, it has taken on prominence within the broader context of scholarly work, communication, and publishing. The momentum for universities to consider open access policies has been growing and several major national research universities have approved policies related to open access. In March 2009, MIT faculty approved an open access policy. In late spring 2009, the University of Kansas became the first public university to pass an open access policy.
The University of North Texas at Denton is embarking on an examination and exploration of a campus open access policy. As part of the Open Access @ UNT initiative, UNT hosted its first annual Open Access Symposium on May 18, 2010. During Spring 2010, faculty engaged in initial discussions about the benefits, opportunities, and implications of adopting an open access policy. This website will support online discussions of the campus community.