Dr. Suber was interviewed by Richard Masters for Science Media Watch.
The interview opens with Suber’s definition of open access:
First of all, OA is impossible without the internet, the way I define OA entails the internet. Even if you wrote some literature and gave it away on the street, it’s not strictly OA because it’s only for the people you’re giving it out to.
The internet actually originated- with scholars at the research institute within the US Department of Defence- in order to share research literature with one another. So you might say the original purpose of the internet was research sharing – what we now call Open Access. Congress didn’t permit commercial use of the internet for several years after the web came along. And when it did it took over and overshadowed all the academic uses. Those original researchers were pioneers in Open Access, but it took the rest of the academic world a long time to catch on that this was possible”
See Also: In addition to Open Access News, Peter Suber is the founder of the Open Access Tracking Project that’s updated daily.