“Open Access: Progress since WSIS 2010”

Moderator, Mr Stuart Hamilton, IFLA.

Action Line C7 E-science & C3 Access
19 May 2011, WSIS Forum

Summary report available.


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) highlighted 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.

The session was jointly organised by UNESCO, IFLA and EIFL, and moderated by Stuart Hamilton of IFLA. Presentations on the progress made were presented by Sanjaya Mishra, UNESCO, Iryna Kuchma, EIFL, Lars Bjornshauge, Lund University, and Jens Vigen, CERN.


  1. Promoting Open Access to Scientific Knowledge 
    Sanjaya Mishra, Programme Specialist (ICT in Education, Science and Culture), UNESCO, Paris
  2. Open Access –a movement in progress
    Lars Björnshauge
    Director of Libraries, Lund University, Sweden
    1stVice-President, Swedish Library Association
    Member of the IFLA Presidents Working Group on Open Access
  3. Open Access policies in developing and transition countries
    Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager
  4. 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
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