The Open Access Movement and Information for Development

"Open Access" refers to the growing practice of making research articles available online, free of charge in order to share knowledge more effectively worldwide.

From May 29 - June 9, 2006, the Coady International Institute convened an online discussion on Open Access using the Dgroups : Development through Dialogue forum. This created a space for people to share their views on what Open Access can mean in terms of information for adult education and development in the Global South. Participants were invited to think about challenging issues related to the potential, the relevance, and the barriers to Open Access, and to identify what it would really mean for development workers.

More than 140 participants from 35 countries took part in the forum. The group was diverse, including librarians and other information workers, adult educators, IT specialists, development workers, academics, youth and retired persons. Over 150 messages were exchanged during the forum's two weeks, and a number of participants proposed an ongoing dialogue after the formal discussion period ended.

Several papers were prepared to stimulate the discussion, and the online messages were summarized. These papers may be accessed below. Most are published under a Creative Commons license, so please share them widely.

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Heather Morrison
Open Access for Librarians in Developing Countries
Lydia Anjiah
East Africa
Open Access: Is it a Futile Option for Developing Countries?
Olutoyin Meijiuni
Open Access, Adult Education and Development in Nigeria
Batchuluun Yembu
Open and Distance Education in Mongolia: Possible Relevance of Open Access
Arlene Whetter
Open Access and Information for Development in Vietnam
DidiBahini Youth Forum
The "Open Access" (OA) Movement and Information for Development
Sabina Iseli-Otto
Open Access and Information for Development: Summary of Online Discussion Messages


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