International Open Access Week starts next Monday! Get a feel for some of the major issues related to the OA movement in this series of short videos from MyScienceWork. Some are economic, others concern the efficiency of research. In this week’s interview, Indrajit Banerjee, Director of the Knowledge Societies Division of UNESCO, focuses on development and how UNESCO works on bringing OA to countries all over the world.
Part of UNESCO’s mission is to promote the free flow of ideas by word and by image. But, as Indrajit Banerjee says, you can’t have a free flow of ideas if people don’t have access. And there’s a lot at stake, he adds in this interview from Open Access Week 2012 in Paris, particularly for developing countries: they need scientific information, critically, but are blocked by the prohibitive cost of journals. Dr. Banerjee explains the first, concrete steps taken by UNESCO to help spread the benefits of open access around the world.
More in this series of [Open Access Interviews]:
Find out more:
UNESCO and Open Access, presentation slides from Open Access Week 2012
Storify of the second evening, at UNESCO: "Measuring the Impact of Open Access, at UNESCO for Open Access Week"
Storify of the first evening, at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (in French): "#OAWeek2012 A la découverte de l’Open Access à l’UPMC pour l’Open Access Week"
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