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 members in Latin America and the Caribbean

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).

Meetings included:

https://sites.google.com/a/caswi.org/caswi/Home/iap-meeting-2

IAP - the global network of science academiesc/o TWASStrada Costiera 1134151 TriesteItaly IAP Secretariattel: +39 040 2240-680/681fax: +39 040 2240-688e-mail: iap(at)twas.org  

(September 2011)

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