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Supporting access: interventions that seek to improve the ways in which decision makers are able to access research based information. ...

Supporting access: interventions that seek to improve the ways in which decision makers are able to access research based information.

Preseantation by Ananya Raihan, D-Net (Bangladesh) at the Locating the Power of the In-between conference July 08



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    • Bangladesh Online Research Network (BORN) Research Information on Bangladesh Now at a Click
    • Background: Access Situation
      • Infrastructure:
        • Internet connectivity is available across the country [EDGE, GPRS, CDMA, DSL]
      • Access
        • Libraries do not have computerised catalogues
        • Libraries are not online ( except private university libraries)
        • Library resources are not regularly replenished
        • Lack of availability of latest resources
        • Lack of on-demand services
    • Background: Problems
      • Researchers and policy makers spend huge time in search of required resources[ travel, manual search]
      • Researchers and policy makers spend huge amount of money [ photocopy, travel, stay]
      • Policy makers are not updated with latest developments in specific domain of policy making
      • Teachers and students lack up-to-date reference materials
      • NGO workers talk rhetoric due to lack to easily available resources [ lack of culture of information use]
    • Background: Demand
      • Level 1:
        • Access to online catalogue of libraries
        • Access to abstracts or executive summaries of research publications
      • Level 2:
        • Access to online repositories of resources
        • Access to online repositories of regional and international publications
        • Contact with the authors
        • Information on request [ managing information overload]
        • Access to information on latest releases of research publication
        • Annotated bibliography by theme
      • Level 3
        • Access to digest of the research publications
        • Participation in discussion on a particular topic/publication
    • Birth of BORN
      • Bangladesh Online Research Network in 2001 with two pronged objectives:
        • Facilitating research on Bangladesh by creating an online warehouse of research information on Bangladesh
        • Serving as a platform to interact for information givers and information seekers
      • wanted to fill the gap between the source of information and point of its need
      • Official website:
    • Initial Tasks
      • Bring in Bangladeshi publishers to share publications with
      • Develop a user-friendly portal with strong back-end administrative part [web 2.0 was not there]
      • Mobilise resources
      • Inform target users
    • thousands of publications in different categories free and on payment. Abstract and full text. Easy searching options for the users. Bangladesh Online Research Network (BORN)
    • Offers
      • Regularly updated directory of publication of various institutions
      • Papers focused on Bangladesh and South Asia and related to South Asia
      • Resources in two categories:
        • Free
        • On payment by using pre-paid card
      • Strong search engine by author, publisher, theme or key words for research papers
      • Category wise research paper archive to meet the demand of specific group for 82 categories
      • Author’s contact information (By e-mail)
      • Provide information on request; in some cases small research is conducted
      • Online discussion forum
      • CD based content services to specialized organizations
      • CD based e-document service on request
      • Link to other relevant web sites
    • Key Characteristics
      • Target Beneficiaries
        • Researchers and Academics
        • Policy-makers
        • Govt. Organizations
        • NGOs & Development Agencies
        • Civil Society
        • Technologist
        • Business community ( national and international)
        • Journalists & Reporters
      • Scope and Focus
        • South Asia, All themes
      • Type of resources
        • Peer-reviewed and general ( breadth is important)
      • Communication Channels
        • Web, email, CD-ROM, occasionally printed
      • Type of intervention
        • Signposting ( mostly, 60%)
        • organise or disseminate that information ( 20%)
        • Repackage(5%)
        • generate new information so getting involved to help users ( 15%) [ through collaboration,]
    • Example of Institutional Collaboration for posting resources
      • Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)
      • Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA)
      • Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI)
      • Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM)
      • Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP)
      • Bichayan, Technohaven Company Ltd,
      • Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
      • Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University
      • Department of Business Administration, Jahangirnagar University
      • Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Jahangirnagar University
      • Khulna University
      • The University Press Limited (UPL)
      • Unnayan Shamunnay
      • ELDIS
    • Example of Themes
      • From A to Z, such as ~
      • Agriculture   
      • Anthropology   
      • Corruption   
      • Development
      • Democracy
      • Disaster Management   
      • Economics   
      • Environment   
      • Ergonomics   
      • Finance & Banking  
      • Globalization   
      • Governance   
      • Human Rights   
      • Information and Communication
      • Law   
      • Micro Credit   
      • Migration   
      • Natural Resources   
      • Political Economy  
      • Population   
      • Poverty Alleviation   
      • Regional Cooperation   
      • SME 
      • Urbanization   
      • WTO
    • Business Model
      • It was clear that financing situation is not encouraging at all
      • Exploration earning scope:
        • Resource sharing institutions [ revenue sharing from online sales]
        • Users
      • Limited success: people are not ready to pay for information
      • Robin Hood Model: Earning from other sources spent for sustaining the portal activities
    • Pre-paid cards Gold and Silver Pre-paid Cards BORN has added pre-paid card system (first ever in Bangladesh) to sell papers online.
    • Outcome: Going beyond repository services
      • National budget: enhancing participation
        • Collecting opinions from grassroots and interest groups feeding the budgetary process
        • Live web casting of National Budget speech
        • Voice and text response to National Budget by representatives of interest groups
      • Concept of Benefit of Investment for creating public access to ICTs
      • Minimum wage campaign:
        • Feeding with research based claims to the respective campaigning groups
      • Research agenda of DFID for period upto 2013
        • Inputs from various interest groups
      • Trade policy:
        • Whether Trade in services to be the part of SAFTA
    • Challenges
      • Resource Sharing:
        • Threat to Income from sales of publication
        • Copy right (plagiarism)
        • Individualism
      • Access to Resources
        • Access to ICTs ( private and public)
        • Lack of ICT skills
      • Usage
        • Plagiarism at the initial stage
      • Offering Advance services due to limited resources
        • Creation of online repositories of resources[ digitization]
        • Offering cheap access to online repositories of regional and international publications
        • Offering comprehensive update on latest releases of research publication
        • Offering annotated bibliography by theme
        • Access to digest of the research publications
        • Participation in discussion on a particular topic/publication
      • Resource Mobilisation
        • Business model is still struggling
    • THANK YOU Contact Address Development Research Network (D.Net) 6/8 Humayun Road, Block-B Mohammadpur Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh. Tel: +880 2 8156772, +880 2 9131424, +880 2 9129779 Fax: +880 2 8142021 E-mail: [email_address] [email_address] URL: