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Csir Open Access Presentation

Csir Open Access Presentation



Uncovering Open Access: seizing the moment and making it work for you – experiences from the ground ...

Uncovering Open Access: seizing the moment and making it work for you – experiences from the ground

Presentation by Martie van Deventer, Head of Information Services Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CISR) South Africa at the Locating the Power of the In-between conference



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  • OA in South Africa and Africa as whole has shown numerous benefits. Researchers now have access to international research outputs, that has for a long time been unaccessible because of financial barriers. institutional open archives are bringing prestige both to staff and institutions . Above all, such archives reconnect local and international research as well as provide a better picture of a country's research output and areas of specialisation Before I continue with the presentation, I should acknowledge that I made great use of Peter Suber’s OA Review to put the presentation together. I have also used other literature, which I have listed on my reference list.

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  • What is open access and what are the challenges in SA context? Siphethile Muswelanto Dr Martie Van Deventer CSIR Information Services-CSIRIS CSIR Information Services-CSIRIS Institutional Repository Practitioner Portfolio Manager Conference: Locating the power of in-between: how research brokers and intermediaries support evidence-based pro-poor policy and practice, 2 July 2008
    • Background about the CSIR
    • BOAI
    • What is OA
    • OA publishing
      • Gold road
    • OA self-archiving
      • Green Road
      • Institutional repositories
    • Copyrights
    • OA in South Africa
    • How CSIR promotes OA
    • The CSIR is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa
    • CSIR’s migration to an open source environment
    • Initiated in 2006 under the internal campaign name ‘Vula!’
    CSIR and OA:1
    • Open source is now on the agenda of national government, the CSIR is in a position to share learning and experience, and contribute to international developments
    • October 2006 the CSIR Information Services took the responsibility to establish an Institutional repository for the organisation
    CSIR and OA:2
    • December 2001, Budapest: OSI held a meeting of leaders exploring alternative publishing models. The meeting concluded that “OA” was the goal and agreed on two main strategies to achieve it:
      • OA publishing
      • OA self-archiving
    A bit of history
  • What is OA?
    • “ Open access” the free availability of peer-reviewed literature on the public internet, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of an article
    • The “gold road” to OA
    • Researchers publish in OA journals
    • Examples of OA publishers:
      • BioMed Central
      • Public Library of Science
    OA publishing
    • SPARC - Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition
    • PLoS - Public Library of Science
    • BOAI - Budapest Open Access Initiative
    • OAI - Open Access Initiative
    • BioMed Central
    • Creative commons
    • Project RoMEO
    Bodies funding OA
    • Researchers make articles freely accessible online, by depositing in an institutional repository
    • Institutional repositories
      • Peer-reviewed postprint
      • Non peer-reviewed preprint
    OA self-archiving
    • "License to publish" agreements
    • Non-exclusive license
    • Lack of awareness of what they have signed and the consequences
    • Fear they will not get published if they don’t sign
    Attitudes towards copyrights:1
  • Attitudes towards copyrights:2
    • Preference for information managers to check copyright agreements for them
    • Do not want to upset the status quo
    • IR deposit is proposed to be a threat to Peer Review
    • 5 OA journals in South Africa
      • South African Journal of Information Management
      • Sahara Journal of the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS
      • South African Journal of Animal Science
      • Marine Ornithology Journal
      • African Journal on Conflict Resolution
    • 13 IR
    • SASLI
    OA in South Africa
  • SA journals on the DOAJ
    • DST takes the responsibility for ensuring that OA initiatives are promoted to enhance visibility of all South African research articles and to make them freely accessible to the entire international research community
    Future of OA in South Africa:1
    • Universities or research organisations should develop OA policies and create IRs according to best practices
    • Policies should require that researcher deposit their publications upon acceptance for publication
    • Researchers should be informed about IPR and copyright management
    Future of OA in South Africa:2
  • References:
    • Open Access Overview . / Peter Suber. March 2006. http://www.earlham.edu/%7Epeters/fos/overview.htm
    • The Budapest Open Access Initiative, December 2001. http://www.soros.org/openaccess/
    • Report on a Strategic Approach to Research Publishing in South Africa. / Academy of Sciences of South Africa. 2006. http://blues.sabinet.co.za/images/ejour/assaf/assaf_strategic_research_publishing.pdf
    • Jennifer A. De Beer, 2005. Open Access scholarly communication in South Africa: current status, significance, and the role for National Information Policy in the National System of Innovation. Thesis. http://eprints.rclis.org/archive/00003922
  • Thank you Correspondence to: [email_address] [email_address]