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A tribute to Fred Friend

Fred Smaller

Fred Friend, the former librarian at University College Library, and champion of open access, died at the end April. He had a major influence in Europe on open access and open science. He was also a global advocate of open access, indeed one of the first signatories to the Budapest Open Access Initiative Declaration.

Fred’s support and advocacy of many key open access initiatives meant he was a true pioneer in the open access movement, always offering thought-provoking and incisive advice, as well as game-changing ideas. Fred was articulate in his opinions, and his strong commitment and meticulous approach had a huge influence on open access and its practical implementation. Above all, everyone took note when Fred offered an opinion and people really listened to what he had to say, so often wise and also thought-provoking.

OpenAIRE is ever grateful for the input Fred Friend gave to scholarly communication infrastructures, and of course to the wider open access landscape. He was a great supporter of OpenAIRE and was involved from its inception, guiding its development with insight and inspiration. He was always approachable, and ready to proffer mindful and incisive advice.  As a result, he guided the formation of our infrastructure and how it could support the needs of science and researchers. He had a major influence in Europe on open access and open science. And he was also a global advocate of open access.

You can read Richard Poynder's interview with Fred Friend on the state of Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done? (as of July 08, 2013) and an article he wrote about GOLD/GREEN OA in the UK in one of our previous newsletters.