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Regional Models for Open Research and Education in Latin America - Guillermina Actis - OpenCon 2017


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This presentation by Guillermina Actis was part of OpenCon 2017's Regional Models for Open Research and Open Education panel.

Guillermina's presentation introduced the regional landscape of science and technology (S&T) communication, focusing on the alternatives that have been built in the last decades to increase local knowledge production’s visibility through regional indexing systems and gold open access (SciELO and RedALyC). The high-level authorities’ efforts for promoting green open access policies and building its infrastructures will also be addressed by presenting the regional initiative established in 2012, LAReferencia, which is a federated network of nine countries that aims at establishing agreements and providing guidelines for the creation of repositories to provide open access to publicly funded research, addressing S&T production as a public good.

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Regional Models for Open Research and Education in Latin America - Guillermina Actis - OpenCon 2017

  1. 1. Regional Models for Open Research and Education 11-13 November 2017 - Guillermina Actis
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  3. 3. Access & Visibility
  4. 4. 1998 “electronic publishing for developing countries” full text publishing preservation indexing usage and impact metrics journals evaluation criteria (both for admission and permanence next step: preprints and linked open data Network of national and thematic websites of the journals’ collections: 14 countries with collections (11 + 1 in development LatAm) 1280 active journals 52221 issues 743618 articles 16900877 citations
  5. 5. 2003 “science not seen doesn’t exist” improve visibility of local journals not indexed by international data bases. improve journals quality by assessing their publishing criteria development of criteria for the admission and permanence of journals in the portal country and subject area metrics of production and usage Scientific Committee to assess the quality of the journals’ content Open Access without APC Modernization of electronic publishing towards the content’s interoperability 1257 journals 44514 issues 576204 articles
  6. 6. 2012 “open access to publicly funded research results” S&T high-level authorities political agreements for the promotion of open access national policies promotion of institutional repositories’ development guidelines development for metadata harvesting national institutions’ production visibility improved through regional harvesting and validation portal Federated network of open access repositories: 9 national nodes 1431703 documents 3 countries with national legislations (Peru, Mx and Arg) + countries with national policies (Brasil, Chile, Colombia)
  7. 7. Regional Challenges for Openness oInfrastructure development (both physical and human) oOpen Research Data oEvaluation Systems for tenure and promotion oMore collaboration between policy-makers and researchers