Definitions for "Open Access"
Material that is freely accessible to all users rather than password-protected or fee-based. Some web resources require registration. However since no fees are involved, those resources are still considered to be "open access."
A regulatory mandate to allow others to use a utility's transmission and distribution facilities to move bulk power from one point to another on a nondiscriminatory basis for a cost-based fee.
The scholarly communication reform movement that aims to make scholarly literature freely available on the public web. An umbrella term, open access includes both open access journal publishing and author self-archiving in digital repositories or on personal websites. From Suber's Open Access Overview: "Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions." From the Budapest Open Access Initiative: "By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."
Health plan members' abilities, rights or invitation to self refer for specialty care. Also called Open Panel.
Open access arrangements allow members to see participating providers, usually specialist, without referral from the health plan's gatekeeper. These types of arrangement are most often found in IPA model HMOs.
An HMO plan that provides the flexibility of using other contracted physicians within the network without requiring a referral from the insured's primary care physician. Generally require a higher copay for any contracted physician other the the primary care physician.
Keywords:  arl, reader, admitted, shelves, library
Applied to a library or collection where readers are admitted to the shelves.
Digital works that are made available often at no cost to the reader on the public Internet for purposes of education and research. (US Association of Research Libraries:
Keywords:  jdo, fast, commercial, complete
A complete, fast, previously commercial, JDO
a way of providing learning opportunities that implies a lack of formal entry requirements, prerequisite credentials or an entrance examination.
Keywords:  fishery, wishes, fish, condition, may
A condition of a fishery in which anyone who wishes to fish may do so.
Books and other items freely available for self-service use by library users.
Resources that are openly available to users with no requirements for authentication or payment.
Keywords:  something, read, view
Something anyone can read (or view).