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Saturday, May 24, 2008

UNESCO IFAP strategic plan includes support for OA

On Thursday, UNESCO's Information for All Programme released its (Revised) Draft Strategic Plan (2008 – 2013) and a call for comments.  Comments are due before the end of May 2008.  From the draft:

Expected Outcomes...

Outcome Seven...

Open access is of special concern of UNESCO. In the education and science sectors, open access can greatly benefit developing countries in making accessible and freely available knowledge developed in countries that can afford the investment in scientific research and educational learning materials.

Free and open source software (FOSS) can contribute to the "affordability" and "open access" aspects of information, giving communities more control over the software they use, one of the most critical digital components. UNESCO is already taking a global lead in promoting the opportunities that come with open access to information....

In a table on p. 39, the draft aligns the UNESCO goal to "Collect...good practices in using information for development made available to decision makers", with the WSIS Action Line C3i to "Encourage initiatives to facilitate access, including free and affordable access to open access journals and books, and open archives for scientific journals (C3i)".