UNESCO has opened a Global Access Portal (GOAP). If you click on “Access by Region” a list of countries comes up which gives a snapshot of the current state of Open Access in your country (or others), identifying critical success factors, and barriers such as:
Low level of awareness of the potentials of Open Access amongst organizations that sponsor research activities
The greatest challenge faced is the copyright issue. Securing permissions takes timeLack of government framework and policy regulations to guide institutions
Students lack the necessary computer skills
Enough of the barriers – I was really pleased to see that in Uganda:
Librarians, academia and researchers are instrumental in leading the Open Access movement through participation in Open Access journal publishing initiatives and supporting Open Access repositories.
Many countries are developing institutional repositories including Cape Verde where the next AHILA Congress will be held. Take a look – it is really interesting.
Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information