Interactive Facilitation Meeting (IFM) "Open Access: Progress since WSIS 2010" (C3/C7)

19 May 2010 (14:30-16:30), Room XI, International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland

There are significant economic, social and educational benefits to making research outputs available without financial, legal and technical barriers to access. This Interactive Facilitation Meeting (IFM) will highlight Open Access policies and strategies targeted to different stakeholders:

  • Policy makers and research managers: Open Access helps to publicise institutes’ research strengths, providing maximum return on research investment and new tools to manage research impact;
  • Researchers: Open Access benefits researchers in the following ways: increased visibility, usage and impact for their work;
  • Publishers: Open Access brings increased readership and, with that, increased citations, and maximum visibility and impact for a journal's contents; it helps to provide the best possible dissemination service for research;
  • Libraries: Open Access has changed the profile of academic and research libraries – they partner with scientists and research managers to set up open repositories, curate research data and to develop Open Access policies; with scholarly publishers they publish Open Access journals and books; and with educators they produce Open Educational Resources, ensuring the quality of digital content, its reuse and sharing.

Open Access seeks to remove price and permission barriers that prevent knowledge from being shared. Open Access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open Access is compatible with copyright, peer review, revenue (and profit), print, preservation, prestige, career-advancement, indexing, and other features and supportive services associated with conventional scholarly literature. Open Access benefits researchers, institutions, nations and society as a whole.

The IFM will look at the current achievements of the key players in the field – universities and research institutions – and facilitate a discussion about whether they are replicable across countries. We will invite other stakeholders, such as funders and policy-makers to discuss how Open Access could be included in national and regional research and educational policies, in order to formally embed Open Access into education and research institutions.


The IFM participants will discuss:

  • Complementary strategies to achieve Open Access to scholarly literature - Open Access journals and Open Access repositories from the funders’ and research policy makers’ perspective.
  • Linking research publications with research data.
  • Open Access costs and benefits for research funders, universities and research organizations.
  • Open Access policies from the perspective of research funders, national governments and intergovernmental organizations.
  • Open Access and the changing role of libraries.

Tentative agenda

  • UNESCO and Open Access
    Sanjaya Mishra, Programme Specialist (ICT in Education, Science and Culture), UNESCO, Paris
  • Open Access and the Changing Role of Libraries
    Member of IFLA President's Working Group on Open Access, Netherlands (to be confirmed)
  • Open Access policies in developing and transition countries
    Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager
  • Open Access publishing and linking research publications with research data
    Jens Vigen, the Head of Scientific Information Service and the Head Librarian of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, Member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data, Geneva, Switzerland (to be confirmed)


  • Stuart Hamilton, IFLA Senior Policy Advisor, Hague


  • The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


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