IAP is a global network of the world's science academies, launched in 1993. Its primary goal is to help member academies work together to advise citizens and public officials on the scientific aspects of critical global issues. IAP is particularly interested in assisting young and small academies achieve these goals and, through the communication links and networks created by IAP activities, all academies will be able to raise both their public profile among citizens and their influence among policy makers.
IAP “Program on Promoting Access to and Use of Digital Knowledge Resources: Focus on Countries with Developing and Transitional Economies” is the result of the “Initiative on Access to Scientific Information in Developing Countries” . The main objectives of the Program are 1. access and use of scientific information digital resources and data. 2. access and use of digital networks and infrastructure for research and education.
In the period 2010-2011 IAP is providing support for collaboration among institutional open access repositories of science academies of Central America and the Caribbean. With initial participation of the science academies of Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Panama and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. Coordinated by the Science Academy of Cuba, the program will create national open access groups in each country, survey open access journal repositories in those countries, build a strategic plan for promotion of institutional repositories, training activities for Central America and the Caribbean representatives, build a network of interoperable institutional repositories in the participating academies. UNESCO provided support for participation of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS).
- Technical Meeting on Open Access and Dissemination of Scientific Information in Central America and the Caribbean. Courtleigh Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica, January 18-19, 2011.
- The Steering Committee of the InterAcademies Panel Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries met in Montego Bay, Jamaica during 12-15th May, 2010 and a statement on "Building the CyberInfrastructure for 21st Century e-Science in Central America and the Caribbean" was prepared.
- IAP Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries Technical Meeting on Open Access and Dissemination of Scientific Information in Central America and the Caribbean was held on the 18th and 19th January 2011 in Kingston, Jamaica
- Taller Internacional Acceso Abierto a la Literatura Científica y otros Recursos Digitales de Información Científica en Centro América y el Caribe: enfoque en Educación y Salud para el Desarrollo Sostenible. Organizado por la Academia de Ciencias de Cuba, Hotel Palco, La Habana, Cuba, 3 – 5 de Septiembre de 2008
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