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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Monitoring research systems in developing countries

Barbara Axt, UNESCO develops research monitoring tool, SciDev.Net, January 28, 2008.  Excerpt:

UNESCO is preparing a tool to help evaluate how research is generated, disseminated, received and used in developing countries.

The aim is to provide a detailed picture of research systems in low- and middle-income countries, allowing policymakers to evaluate and compare their country's research performance with others of a similar profile.... 

A template of indicators was presented at a symposium for research policy experts in Paris, France, last week (16–18 January). These should allow countries to set benchmarks for progress in building their research systems.

The template consists of nine indicators: political, economic, the educational and social context of science, history of science, policies, research and development performers, the science community, human resources, funding, research output and scientific cooperation and agreements....

The final version of the indicators will be launched in May.

Comment.  Does anyone know whether the template includes indicators of OA?  For example:  How many universities in the country have OA repositories?  How many have policies to fill them?  How many of the public funding agencies make OA dissemination of peer-reviewed manuscripts a condition of funding?  If the template does not yet include OA indicators, does anyone know how to lobby UNESCO to include them before the final version is released in May?