UNESCO's open access strategy

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Hezekiel Dlamini, Adviser, Communication and Information in East Africa, UNESCO speaking at Open Access Africa 2010

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  • Global Priority 1: Africa
    Global Priority 2: Gender equality
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  • UNESCO's open access strategy

    1. 1. 1 Hezekiel Dlamini Communication and Information Adviser UNESCO Nairobi Office UNESCO’s Open Access (OA) Strategy
    2. 2. 2 UNESCO’s Communication and Information mandate  One Overarching Strategic Objective : Build Inclusive Knowledge Societies OPEN SUITE STRATEGY  Open Educational Resources (OER)  Open Access (OA) to scientific information  Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
    3. 3. 3 State of Open Access  People in Africa and most developing countries are least able to pay to access information.  There’s “Lost Science” from developing countries (DCs) and Africa – information that is either not published or made accessible to all—needs to become accessible, for the sake of development and innovation.  OA is weak in Africa and DCs – see map, yet these countries would benefit greatly from more widespread OA – both in terms of achieving global visibility of their work, and being able to access work published by researchers elsewhere.
    4. 4. Why Open Access? Knowledge societies are informed societies N-S disparity in information access and exchange http://maps.repository66.org
    5. 5. 5 UNESCO OA Strategy – 2010 - 2011  A new programme (started mid-2010)  Increase access to scientific information  Target universities, think tanks, research institutions, Government policy units, publishers  Undertake 2010 Global Map within the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)  Increase awareness and links to existing global OA repositories and activities  Building capacities to create dynamic, viable local OA repositories
    6. 6. 6 UNESCO OA Programme – 2010 - 2011  Launch of UNESCO OA website – Live on 23 July 2010 – Public statement of support for UNESCO’s support of OA – Posted materials related to UNESCO’s OA work, events – Over 2500 visits in September & October 2010 Open Access to Knowledge and Information: Scholarly Literature and Digital Library Initiatives – The South Asian Scenario (2008)
    7. 7. 7 UNESCO OA Programme – 2010 - 2011  Global Knowledge Map – Country and regional analysis of the current state of OA: – Critical success factors – Enabling environment – Best practices & lessons learned Current phase: planning & gathering feedback
    8. 8. 8 UNESCO OA Programme – 2010 - 2011  How to contribute to or participate in the Global Knowledge Map? - Information about the state of OA in your country, details about policies, OA projects or activities, experts, institutions/organizations - Funding opportunities - More information will be published on the UNESCO OA web site soon  Contact Abby Clobridge, Open Access Consultant ( a.clobridge@unesco.org)
    9. 9. 9 UNESCO OA Strategic Partners  Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)  Open Society Institute (OSI)  Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS)  EIFL  Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
    10. 10. 10 Target Groups  UNESCO’s Open Access programme pays particular attention to African and other developing countries where OA prevalence remains low – both in terms of output and usage. – Africa – LDCs  UNESCO is working with other groups such as SciELO, EIFL, OSI to support OA infrastructure, policy, and initiatives in developing countries around the world.
    11. 11. 11 UNESCO OA Activities – 2010 - 2011  Regional Workshop on the Benefits of Open Access for Research Dissemination, Usage, Visibility and Impact  Open Access in Africa  In collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and eIFL  22-23 November, Pretoria, South Africa For more information, contact: Jaco du Toit, Communication and Information Advisor UNESCO Office Windhoek +264 61 297 7217 j.dutoit@unesco.org
    12. 12. 12 Pretoria Workshop Purpose  Regional OA workshop in Africa – planned for November 2010 – UNESCO/eIFL/ASSAf – Discuss how free and unrestricted access to research materials can benefit and increase access to research. – Look at strategic approaches to OA in Africa – Contact Jaco Du Toit if interested in participating  Mapping of OA initiatives worldwide
    13. 13. 13  Regional Workshop on the Benefits of Open Access for Research Dissemination, Usage, Visibility and Impact  Open Access in India  In collaboration SciELO  Early 2011 – dates TBA For more information, contact: Abby Clobridge, Open Access Consultant UNESCO Headquarters, Paris +33 1 45 68 4224 a.clobridge@unesco.org +33 1 45 68 4224 UNESCO OA Activities – 2010 - 2011
    14. 14. UNESCO OA website www.unesco.org/webworld/en/openaccess

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