In Thailand, ICT applications are fostered though support and policy. The ICT Master plan (2009-2013) policy is to ensure that majority of the population will gain knowledge and capacity to access, create, and use information in an information-literate way in order to benefit in education, work, and everyday life. According to DOAJ, there are 12 open access journals being published in Thailand. Thai Digital Collection project is a cooperative open access initiative aiming to collect, theses, eBooks, and ejournal collections of research output from different universities in Thailand coordinated by Office of Information Technology for Development Studies, which has also taken up a Thai Union Catalogue project.
Even as the open source phenomenon is gathering pace, the Thailand government is striving to embrace Open Access principles in its strict sense. Research Library of the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) is a national depository of research reports and theses which collected from local universities and research organizations. Under the Science and Technology Knowledge Services project, initiatives like Thai Thesis Database, Online Resources, Thailibrary.org, eBooks, and eLearning were taken up, giving a major fillip to the Thai content. Thai LIS consortium is working to promote and advocate open access concept.
Academic and culture sector is showing keen interest to involve open source based applications for libraries, databases and repositories. Research, Science and Technology and culture sector are forerunners showing awareness and means to build OA collections through as repositories or simple web pages of accessible links.
Socio-economic conditions, inequitable access to ICT, lack content in English and English language proficiency, lack of information infrastructure, political instability are the main barriers to Open Access growth.
List of Publications
- Thaotip, L. (2011). Impact of Open Access Resources on LIS Scholars in Thailand. Asia Pacific Journal of Library and Information Science, 1(1).
- Butdisuwan, S. (2009). Acquisition and Deployment of Technology in Academic Library Environment: Experience in Thailand. Paper presented at International Conference on Academic Libraries (ICAL-2009)5th to 8th October, 2009, Delhi University Library System, University of Delhi (North Campus), Delhi, INDIA
Past and Future OA related Activities
- The International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL), Bangkok, 2005.