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Communities of practices for open access


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My presentation on communities of practices for Open Access in South Asia for UNESCO NDL Workshop 27 Oct 2017, UNESCO Office India.

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Communities of practices for open access

  1. 1. Initiatives by Communities of Practice Sridhar Gutam Convenor, Open Access India <> Open Access in South Asia CC-BY
  2. 2. Open Access Week
  3. 3. Open Access? Open Access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (Peter Suber, 2004)
  4. 4. @Aanuuppk
  5. 5. Why Open Access? Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon ( It ensures that the community has free and immediate access to the literature before and after it has been reviewed and published (
  6. 6. @simosacchi | @seis_matters
  7. 7. “We estimate that India is potentially spending about US$ 2.4 million annually on APCs paid to OA journals and the amount would be much more if we add APCs paid to make papers published in hybrid journals open access “ - Muthu et al. 2017
  8. 8. • Open access: The sorry state of Indian repositories –R Prasad, The Hindu • “Open access institutional repositories are clearly lagging behind despite the mandate” – G. Mahesh, NISCAIR, New Delhi Status of Open Access Repositories repositories/article17108642.ece
  9. 9. Status of Open Access Repositories Kumar and Mahesh, 2017.
  10. 10. DOAJ – Indian Journals
  11. 11. Open Access India • Advocating Open Access, Open Data and Open Education • Launched as online advocacy facebook group on July 8th, 2011 – Facebook group membership: 10864 • Grown into community of practice
  12. 12. Aim and objectives • Advocacy – sensitizing the students, researchers, policy makers and general public about Open Access, Open Data and Open Education. • Development of community e-infrastructure, capacity building and framework for policies related to Open Access, Open Data and Open Education.
  13. 13. Proud Ambassadors Sailesh Patnaik Samreen Fathima Gurleen Kaur Kahlon Sandeep Rawal Sri Amudha Sajid Khan
  14. 14. Memberships & Partnerships • GODAN - Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition • ICORE – The International Community for Open Research and Education • OA2020 – initiative for large-scale transition for open access • Open Policy Network • CLACSO Working Group - Bienes Comunes y Acceso Abierto (Common Goods and Open Access) for the period 2016 – 2019
  15. 15. Works & Initiatives • Actively participated in discussions/deliberations for ICAR Open Access Policy • Developing Indian Journals' copyright policies to be integrated with the databases like Sherpa/RoMEO. • Working with DOAJ in building whitelist of Indian Journals • National Open Access Policy of India (Draft) Ver. 3 – A draft ‘National Open Access Policy’ for India was prepared and submitted to: Ministries - Human Resource Development and Science & Technology, Government of India on 14th February, 2017, the 15th anniversary of the BOAI (Budapest open access Initiative). <>
  16. 16. “everything else can wait, but not agriculture.” -Jawaharlal Nehru. Preprints for Agriculture
  17. 17. OA Communities in South Asia
  18. 18. Forum for Open Access in SAARC
  19. 19. • We collectively coordinate and develop a framework for Open Access in South Asia/SAARC. • We agree with the Joint COAR-UNESCO Statement on Open Access and will work for the alternative system in which both the author and the reader need not pay any charges. • We advocate for the practice of Open Science (sharing tools, methods and results (data)). • We adopt the Free and Open Source tools and innovative technologies for the development of models for sharing scholarship. • We will garner support of the relevant stakeholders (students/scholars, journal editorial teams, university libraries, state libraries, public authorities in charge of dissemination of scholarship in higher education and other stakeholders) for spearheading the Open Access movement. • We will take forward the concept of Open Access to further bring all the publicly funded research outputs (not limited to journal literature alone) to be freely available to the public to use and re-use for the public good. • We will draft National Policies for Open Access and formulate country-specific action plans for making Open Access as default by 2030/250 thus making all the publicly funded research in South Asia (SAARC Countries) publicly/freely available to the public through the Internet. • We will practice and encourage the researchers and the scientists to adopt openness in peer- reviewing and other editorial services. • We will work for an alternate reward system in recognition and promotion not in terms of the ‘Impact Factor’ of the journals, but the ‘Impact’ of the articles/scholarship in the science and the society.
  20. 20. Thank you