Why Open Access is Right for the World Bank

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Publishing Officers Inter-Agency Meeting
(October 9, 2012)
Presenter: Carlos Rossel, Publisher, The World Bank
Links: http://wrld.bg/wvwOK
http://openknowledge.worldbank.org

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Why Open Access is Right for the World Bank

  1. Why Open Access is Right for the World Bank Carlos Rossel, Publisher, The World Bank Publishing Officers Inter-Agency Meeting October 9, 2012
  2. Why Open Access is Right for the World Bank • It wasn’t always so • It’s Mission Driven • It’s Cutting Edge • It makes us Relevant • It makes us Open • It makes us Accountable • It makes us Results Driven • It Works
  3. It Wasn’t Always So • “The Bank needs to exploit the commercial potential of its publications while pursuing cost effectiveness in reaching targeted audiences.” – Publisher’s Job Description, January 2008
  4. World Bank Mission Statement Our Dream is a World Free of Poverty To fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results To help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sector
  5. “We need to do development differently” Robert Zoellick, President, The World Bank Group New Direction: Democratizing Development We need to throw open the doors, recognizing that others can find and create their own solutions. And this open research revolution is underway. We need to recognize that development knowledge is no longer the sole province of the researcher, the scholar, or the ivory tower. The aim is to open the treasure chest of the World Bank’s data and knowledge to every village health care worker, every researcher, everyone. Georgetown University, September 2010
  6. Old Age Security Early Childhood EducationConflict & Failed States Health Gender Equity Jobs Climate Change Investment Climate
  7. Old Age Security Early Childhood EducationConflict & Failed States Health Gender Equity Jobs Climate Change Investment Climate The treasure chest of World Bank knowledge
  8. Embracing Openness Open About What We Know (Data and Knowledge) Open About What We Do (Operations and Results) Open About How We Work (Partnerships for Openness) Open Government (Transparency, Accountability) T H E W O R L D B A N K O P E N A G E N D A
  9. Four Pillars of the World Bank’s Open Agenda 1. Access to Information Open About What We Do (Operations and Results) “The World Bank’s Access to Information Policy is the gold standard for financial institutions…” − Chad Dobson, Bank Information Center • Moved from positive to negative list • Except for small list of exceptions, 2,682 new documents and reports available • Over 2 million pages viewed since July 2010
  10. Four Pillars of the World Bank’s Open Agenda 1. Access to Information 2. Open Data Open About What We Know (Data and Knowledge) Open About What We Do (Operations and Results)
  11. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 Unique visitors/week Total Visits Pages Viewed Millions The Impact of Open Data Apr '09 - Mar '10 Apr '10 - Mar '11 Apr '11 - Mar '12
  12. Four Pillars of the World Bank’s Open Agenda 1. Access to Information 2. Open Data 3. Open Access Policy 4. Creative Commons Licensing Open About What We Know (Data and Knowledge) Open About What We Do (Operations and Results)
  13. Our Conflict
  14. - 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 Dissemination of Print Books (Thousands)
  15. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 “Followers” on Social Media (Thousands)
  16. - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 Dissemination of Print & Electronic (Millions)
  17. Sustainable Open Access Publishing • Content. Lots of good content • Authorizing environment – OA Policy / Creative Commons Licensing / Publishing Policy • Client oriented • Competitive • Creative • Entrepreneurial • Luck • Really good people
  18. The Currency of Open Access
  19. Why Open Access is Right for the World Bank • It’s Mission Driven • It’s Cutting Edge • It makes us Relevant • It makes us Open • It makes us Accountable • It makes us Results Driven • It Works
  20. Carlos Rossel, Publisher, The World Bank crossel@worldbank.org

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