Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Open Access Week 2011 outcomes

  The Open Access Week 2011 is now officially over. Lots of advocacy activities have been held worldwide along last week promoting Open Access to scholarly output from Universities and Research Centres. Two of these activities were particularly relevant for the OASCIR Project team:

1.- A presentation of the OASCIR Project was delivered at the Open Access Africa 2011 Conference held Oct 25-26 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. "Dspace@ScienceUofK: Setting up the first Sudanese Institutional Repository at the Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum" -such was the presentation title- was delivered by Pablo de Castro (see some pictures here) and arose a great deal of interest among representatives from other African institutions (specially from Ghana and Nigeria) presently planning their own IR or already working to shortly have it released.

2.- An Arabic version of the Open Access flyer produced by SPARC was released along the OAW2011. Translated by the Lebanese Medical Students' International Committee (LeMSIC), this is the first Right to Research Coalition piece of OA advocacy that gets available in Arabic - with plenty of other valuable materials pending translation!

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