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<ul><li>A little story not exactly about open access: </li></ul><ul><li>Binyavanga Wainaina </li></ul>
<ul><li>G21  </li></ul>Granta Unpublished Author Vanity Fair Book contract
<ul><li>Open access: </li></ul><ul><li>Free to read </li></ul><ul><li>(Often) also available to purchase </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Open access – not just the  “right”  thing to do </li></ul><ul><li>But also, frequently, a sound publishing  </li>...
<ul><li>Human Sciences Research Council  </li></ul><ul><li>South Africa ( www.hsrc.ac.za ) </li></ul><ul><li>Went open acc...
Questions <ul><li>Why do authors [of books published by Pratham] write? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does Pratham publish books? ...
Observations <ul><li>Reading is a “good” </li></ul><ul><li>Stories can be universally appealing </li></ul><ul><li>School s...
<ul><li>Free High School Science Texts  www.fhsst.org </li></ul><ul><li>7 subjects, over 15 books </li></ul><ul><li>All wr...
<ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>~ 10 million articles </li></ul><ul><li>~ 75,000 active contributors </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Open access textbook initiatives in India: </li></ul><ul><li>Karnataka textbooks online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http...
The Potential <ul><li>Open access books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to an existing global pool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
The Potential <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage a vast group of volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
The Potential <ul><li>Create a model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To be adopted by other NGOs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To be ad...
A few endnotes <ul><li>“ Free” is not incompatible with good business sense </li></ul><ul><li>75,000 heads are better than...
In conclusion <ul><li>Open access is a  simple ,  practical  and  efficient  way to significantly  shake things up : the q...
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  1. 1. <ul><li>A little story not exactly about open access: </li></ul><ul><li>Binyavanga Wainaina </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>G21 </li></ul>Granta Unpublished Author Vanity Fair Book contract
  3. 3. <ul><li>Open access: </li></ul><ul><li>Free to read </li></ul><ul><li>(Often) also available to purchase </li></ul><ul><li>Free to USE </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Open access – not just the “right” thing to do </li></ul><ul><li>But also, frequently, a sound publishing </li></ul><ul><li>strategy for authors and publishers </li></ul><ul><li>How so? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Human Sciences Research Council </li></ul><ul><li>South Africa ( www.hsrc.ac.za ) </li></ul><ul><li>Went open access in 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Put all its publications online </li></ul><ul><li>Print sales went up by 300% as a result </li></ul>
  6. 6. Questions <ul><li>Why do authors [of books published by Pratham] write? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does Pratham publish books? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Observations <ul><li>Reading is a “good” </li></ul><ul><li>Stories can be universally appealing </li></ul><ul><li>School subject matter is largely the same anywhere in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration is a “good” </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Free High School Science Texts www.fhsst.org </li></ul><ul><li>7 subjects, over 15 books </li></ul><ul><li>All written by graduate students </li></ul><ul><li>And totally free to be re-used/ built upon </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>~ 10 million articles </li></ul><ul><li>~ 75,000 active contributors </li></ul><ul><li>And growing! </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Open access textbook initiatives in India: </li></ul><ul><li>Karnataka textbooks online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dsert.kar.nic.in/textbooksonline/first.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NCERT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ncert.nic.in/textbooks/testing/Instructions.htm </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Potential <ul><li>Open access books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to an existing global pool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use resources from the global pool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative workspace </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The Potential <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage a vast group of volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organise them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grow faster; better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get people actually involved </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The Potential <ul><li>Create a model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To be adopted by other NGOs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To be adopted in the public sector? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That delivers better quality </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. A few endnotes <ul><li>“ Free” is not incompatible with good business sense </li></ul><ul><li>75,000 heads are better than one </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the internet is limited, but accessible content can yet serve as a catalyst through NGO facilitators (“proxies”) </li></ul>
  15. 15. In conclusion <ul><li>Open access is a simple , practical and efficient way to significantly shake things up : the question we might ask ourselves is, what we have got to lose ? </li></ul>

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