Open Access Forum 2011

Experts Meeting on the UNESCO Open Access Strategy

22-23 November 2011

Venue: Room XVI, Miollis, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

Full report of the meeting with list of participants, here.

Programme and Presentations:

Day One: 22 November 2011

10.00 hr: Welcome and Background

  • Welcome Address by Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division
  • Inauguration of the OA Forum by Janis Karklins, ADG for Communication and Information
  • Self-introductions by participants
  • Structure of the meeting by Sanjaya Mishra

11.00 hr: Open Access to scientific information and research

Objective: To present the UNESCO OA strategy, and identify concrete action plan, potential partners and events for interventions.

Facilitator: Indrajit Banerjee

Rapporteur: Devika P. Madalli

14.00 hr: Open Access Repositories and Journals – I

Objective: This session will focus on understanding the contemporary status of Open Access journals and how UNESCO can promote OA journals.

  • The Status of OA Journals by Lars Bjørnshauge
  • Problems and Prospects of OA Journal Publishing by Ahmed Hindawi
  • Towards development of indicators for measuring the impact of OA journals and repositories by Jean Claude Guedon

Facilitator: Abel Packer

Rapporteur: Iryna Kuchma

16.00 hr: Open Access Repositories  and Journals – II

Objective: This session will focus on understanding the contemporary status of Open Access repositories and steps needed to promote OA repositories, including the efforts in the Europe as example.

Facilitator: Xiaolin Zhang

Rapporteur: Martin Belcher

Day Two: 23 November 2011

9.30 hr: Open Access Policies  

Objective: This session will focus on Open Access policies, examples and how UNESCO may like to promote OA in Member States.

Facilitator: Vincent Wintermans

Rapporteur: Shalini Urs

11.00 hrs: Network for Open Access to Scientific Information and Research (NOASIR)

Objective: This session will focus on the idea of NOASIR to improve collaboration and access to scientific information for the less developed countries, besides encouraging publishers to use Open Access business models.

  • Increasing Access to Scientific Research: An overview of some current STM collaborative research and delivery programmes by Richard Gedye
  • FAO and Open Access by Stephen Rudgard
  • WHO and Equitable Access by Kimberley Parker

Facilitator: Sanjaya Mishra

Rapporteur: Mandy A. Taha

14.00 hr: Education and Training for Open Access

Objective: This session will focus on improving the standard of Open Access education and training for library and information professionals by stock-taking the current scenario and looking into the possibility of developing a standard curriculum.

Facilitator: Eve Gray

Rapporteur: Bojan Macan

15.00 hr: Wrap up, conclusions, next steps

15.30 hr: Closing Visit to UNESCO Open Expo at Fontenoy Building

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