“ Many developing countries remain poor largely because they let the Industrial Revolution pass them by. They can ill afford to miss the information technology revolution.”
M. S. Swaminathan, “Father of the Green Revolution”
Digital divide or digital bridge?
Mobile phones in Africa Source: African Mobile Factbook 2008
SMS messaging for trading
Increasing use of PDAs and mobile phone networks for data gathering
The founders of 03b Networks recently helped pioneer the first commercial 3G mobile and fibre-to-the-home networks in Rwanda The company said the system will enable the spread of locally generated content and e-learning, encouraging social and economic growth in the developing world. It aims to tap into booming mobile phone usage in the developing world
In what areas can increased access to knowledge help?
UN Millenium Development Goals
Reduce child mortality,Improve maternal health
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
Ensure environmental sustainability
Develop a global partnership for development
Who needs access to the results of research? Public Professionals Researchers
What is open access publishing?
take ownership of the research
provide access to subscribers only
Open access journals
have no subscription barriers
take advantage of the economics of the internet to allow universal access
research is openly licensed to allow reuse
Open access journals do have costs
Publication fee is a very small fraction of the cost of doing research
Most open access publishers, including BioMed Central, give waivers to developing countries
In other cases, open access journals have central support, so no charges for authors or readers
About BioMed Central
Pioneer of open access model
Launched first journals in 2000
Now publish >180 OA titles
>40,000 peer-reviewed OA articles published
All research articles published under Creative Commons licence. Reuse and redistribution is encouraged.
Research on global health issues is expanding
Resources channeled into research on developing world health issues have increased significantly in recent years
A direct and an indirect result of philanthropic initiatives
Why use is the research if the people it is most relevant to don’t have access?