The debate of Open Access is really hot â€” hottest, I’d dare say â€” as benefits from open science, self-publishing and self-archiving become clearer and clearer and, on the other side, there are new and imaginative solutions â€” or, at least, attempts â€” to deal with the (a) inevitable (though downsizeable) costs of publishing and (b) the benefits of peer review, the quintessence of scientific publishing.
While the balance among costs and benefits is a matter of arguments in the developed countries â€” and this is why we still have a debate and not a clear direction to head towards â€”, the benefits side of open access seems to gain weight when the scales are placed on developing countries, especially when open access appears to be a perfect second best for a lacking (supposed) optimum: renowned international journals dealing with areas of knowledge that interest developing countries (and people doing science in those issues) and at an acceptable cost for their standards.
I here present a gathering â€” a reader? â€” of selected articles that should allow the reader to get a rough picture of the subject of Open Access for Development. Credit should be here paid to Peter Suber and his Open Access News, source of endless resources, information and news: most of the references here came to me through his blog.
Introduction to Open Access
Liang, L. (2004). A Guide To Open Content Licences. Rotterdam: Piet Zwart Institute. Retrieved June 09, 2006 from
Introduction to Open Access for Development
Suber, P. & Arunachalam, S. (2005). â€œOpen Access to Science in the Developing Worldâ€. In World-Information City, October 17, 2005. Tunis: WSIS. Retrieved February 01, 2007 from
Chan, L., Kirsop, B. & Arunachalam, S. (2005). â€œOpen Access Archiving: the fast track to building research capacity in developing countriesâ€. In SciDev.Net, November 2005. London: SciDev. Retrieved April 25, 2006 from
Budapest Open Access Initiative. (2002). Declaration after the Open Society Institute meeting in Budapest December 1-2 2001. Budapest: Open Society Institute. Retrieved February 08, 2007 from http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read.shtml
Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. (2003). Berlin: Max Plank Society. Retrieved February 01, 2007 from
Salvador Declaration on Open Access: the developing world perspective. (2005). Declaration signed in the International Seminar Open Access for Developing Countries. Salvador: BIREME/PAHO/WHO. Retrieved February 01, 2007 from
Bangalore Declaration: A National Open Access Policy for Developing Countries. (2006). Declaration signed in the Workshop on Electronic Publishing and Open Access. Bangalore: Indian Institute of Science. Retrieved February 01, 2007 from
Aronson, B. (2004). â€œImproving Online Access to Medical Information for Low-Income Countriesâ€. In New England Journal of Medicine, 350:(10), 966-968. Waltham: Massachusetts Medical Society. Retrieved February 03, 2007 from
Brooks, S., Donovan, P. & Rumble, C. (2005). â€œDeveloping Nations, the Digital Divide and Research Databasesâ€. In Serials Review, 350:, (31), 270â€“278. London: Elsevier. Retrieved August 23, 2006 from
Chan, L. & Kirsop, B. (2001). â€œOpen Archiving Opportunities for Developing Countries: towards equitable distribution of global knowledgeâ€. In Ariadne, 350:, (30). Bath: UKOLN. Retrieved February 01, 2007 from
Correa, C. M. (2005). â€œHow intellectual property rights can obstruct progressâ€. In SciDev.Net, 4 April 2005. London: SciDev.Net. Retrieved May 25, 2005 from
Kirsop, B. (2005). â€œTransforming Access to Research Literature for Developing Countriesâ€. In Serials Review, November 2005, (31), 246-255. London: Elsevier. Retrieved February 01, 2007 from
Ncayiyana, D. J. (2005). Open Access: Barriers and Opportunities for Lower-income Countries. Communication given in the International Seminar Open Access for Developing Countries. Salvador: BIREME/PAHO/WHO. Retrieved February 01, 2007 from
Winterbottom, A. (2006). Open Access: scientific publishing and the developing world. Oxford: First Author. Retrieved October 16, 2006 from
Case study in depth
Uhlir, P. F. & Esanu, J. M. (Raps.) (2006). Strategies for Preservation of and Open Access to Scientific Data in China: Summary of a Workshop. Washington DC: The National Academies Press. Retrieved February 01, 2007 from
This is an evolving selection. The up-to-date version of this list can always be consulted here: A Reader on Open Access for Development. Feel free to write back to me with proposals for inclusion in the list and/or corrections for found errors.
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2007) “A Reader on Open Access for Development” In ICTlogy,
#41, February 2007. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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