E-debate – Discussion of Open Access (OA) issues

The latest round of the e-debates on Open Access and Development (organised as part of the DFID Mobilising Knowledge for Development programme) started on 22 January.

Discussion points:

The production, publication and consumption of scholarly knowledge and  OA

This will focus on the greater concern of scholarly research in the developing country context debating the questions:

  • What does OA imply and offer the developing world in terms of production, publication and consumption of academic materials and research activities?
  • What are the specific challenges and opportunities for access to knowledge in developing countries?

Sub-theme 1:  Considering the issues of translation; co-production and increasing access to academic materials; and the importance of OA in producing and sharing of non-state-supported educational materials;

Sub-theme 2:  OA in academia and the search for global prestige; the perverse impact of metrics and rankings; scholarly knowledge production; and sharing and consumption challenges in developing countries.

To participate register on the WSIS Knowledge Communities in order to take part in this discussion


Chipo Msengezi                 ITOCA

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