WINDHOEK OFFICE                     Cluster Office to Angola, Lesotho,                     Namibia, South Africa and Swazi...
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Remarks at opening of "Regional Workshop on the Benefits of Open Access for Research Dissemination, Usage, Visibility and Impact", 22-23 November 2010, Pretoria (South Africa)

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Remarks at opening of "Regional Workshop on the Benefits of Open Access for Research Dissemination, Usage, Visibility and Impact", 22-23 November 2010, Pretoria (South Africa)

  1. 1. WINDHOEK OFFICE Cluster Office to Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland 15 November 2010 Regional Workshop on the Benefits of Open Access for Research Dissemination, Usage, Visibility and Impact Ms Rencia Froneman, Deputy Chair of the Communication and Information Sector, National Commission for South Africa Dr Xola Mati, Chief Operations Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to address you at the opening of this Regional Workshop on Open Access to Scientific Information. Universal access to information and knowledge lies within UNESCOs overall mandate to promote the free flow of information by word and by image and thus to place information and knowledge within reach of all. UNESCO strives to forge together with partner institutions an enabling environment to facilitate and open up avenues for universal access to information and knowledge. In the information society, free flow of information is a fundamental principle for bridging the knowledge gaps between privileged and under-privileged communities. Social inclusion and economic empowerment are also achieved in a society where citizens have universal access to information and knowledge, ranging from public information to specialized or customized information related to ones profession, vocation or culture. Open access to information and knowledge can be a key contributor in provisioning universal access to information and knowledge. The open access movement is gaining momentum in developed countries which38-44 Stein StreetKlein Windhoek, NamibiaTel: +264 61 291 7000Fax +264 61 291 7220Email: windhoek@unesco.orgwww.unesco.org/windhoek
  2. 2. already have necessary information infrastructure; some developingcountries are not far behind in building up the necessary infrastructure.These infrastructures should address issues related to: • Legislation, policies and strategies and regulatory frameworks • ICT infrastructure; • Skilled human resources; • ICT and Open Access awareness and skills; • And Appropriate Content.If the necessary infostructure does not address these issues, Open Accessto scientific information will not be able to contribute fully towards inclusive,plural and development-oriented knowledge societies.The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) strongly supportedthe role of open access to contribute towards information and knowledgecreation as it reiterates the importance of Member States of the UnitedNations to take appropriate strategic decisions to bring scholarly literature,produced from public funded research initiatives or state-supportedresearchers, under the umbrella of open access.Scientific information is both a researcher’s greatest output andtechnological innovation’s most important resource. UNESCO promotesand supports Open Access—the online availability of scholarly informationto everyone, free of most licensing and copyright barriers—for the benefit ofglobal knowledge flow, innovation and socio-economic development.From this perspective, the free flow of scientific articles must be pursued bydeveloping countries and collaborative strategies among institutions fromthe region can play a positive role in the dissemination, usage andimproving the visibility of African Research. I also hope that the workshopwill provide you with opportunities to network and exchange informationamong yourselves in furthering Open Access to Scientific Information. 2
  3. 3. We are looking forward to your input and especially your contributions inhighlighting priority areas for interventions in open access in Africa. Onbehalf of UNESCO I wish you success in your deliberations.I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our partner institutions, theAcademy of Science of South Africa and EIFL for their precious help inorganizing this workshop. A special thanks to the Academy of Science ofSouth Africa team Ms Susan Veldsman for hosting us today and takingcare of all the logistical arrangements. 3

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