Georgia

There are 63 higher education institutes in Georgia, with 3 research institutes: George Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology; Georgian International Academy; Georgian National Center of Manuscripts.

DOAJ indexes 3 journals from Georgia.

National Parliamentary Library of Georgia has been participating in FUMAGABA, a project of The European Library. The European Library is an online service, a portal that provides access to the catalogues and digital collections of 48 European national libraries via 1 central multi-lingual access point.

Enabling Environment:

Georgian Integrated Library & Information System Consortium (GILISC) is an eIFL partner.

Potential Barriers:

No legal deposit law or OA mandates; limited OA publishing and activity. Lack of funding and trained information staff (Gibradze, 2001).

Major Projects/Initiatives:

FUMAGABA, European Library project at NPLG is aimed at integrating national collections of the national libraries of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, Moldova, Albania, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Azerbaijan.

Details of Key Organizations:

Georgian Integrated Library & Information System Consortium (GILISC)

Overview: Consortium of 55 academic, special, public and NGO libraries and research institutes with the aim of cooperating and using open source software. GILISC is in partnership with eIFL.

National Parliamentary Library of Georgia

Overview: NPLG has a digital library and participates in FUMAGABA, a European Library project, aimed at integrating the collections of the national libraries of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, Moldova, Albania, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Azerbaijan. FUMAGABA partners are also members of CENL (Conference of European National Librarians) and are becoming Full Participants (financially supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation).

Communication address: Ilia Chavchavadze National Parliamentary Library of Georgia (NPLG), 7, Gudiashvili Street, Tbilisi 0107, Georgia, Caucasus.

Thematic Open Access projects/Initiatives

The NPLG has 4 electronic collections, namely: Catalogues of National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, Georgian Digital Collection of Theses and Printed Books, Digital Library of Civil Education and Digital Library of Georgian Literature. These are already accessible through The European Library portal.

Past and Future OA Related Activities:

2008, the Georgian Integrated Library & Information System Consortium (GILISC) and eIFL.net jointly organised the workshop “Open Access: New Models for Scholarly Communication”. Hosted by the Ilia Chavchavadze State University, the workshop addressed Open Access policies and recommendations and highlighted the benefits of Open Access journals and Open repositories. As a result, workshop participants have created a National Open Access working group. In addition, there are plans to start an OA repository.

List of Publications

There are no publications on OA specifically. However, the following give some insights into the academic information environment in Georgia.

Chelidze, A & Zmroczek, J (2010). National Bibliography of Georgia: Past, Present, Future. Slavic & East European Information Resources, 11(1), 41-45. DOI:10.1080/15228881003631790

Gibradze, L (2004) Academic publishing in Georgia Slavic & East European Information Resources Volume 5, Issue 1-2: 47-58. DOI:10.1300/J167v05n01_06

Gibradze, L (2001) Libraries in the South Caucasus. Slavic & East European Information Resources, 2(1), 17-21. DOI: 10.1300/J167v02n01_03

Sroka, M (2002)     Central and Eastern European National Library Websites: Accessibility, Content, and Organization and Navigation Slavic & East European Information Resources Volume 3, Issue 4: 65-77
DOI:   10.1300/J167v03n04_07

 

(Modified on December 2013)

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