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Open Access to Scientific Information and Research to be discussed in Berlin next month

According to an article published on the UNESCO site, the pivotal importance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), knowledge-sharing and capacity-building for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development has recently been confirmed at the Rio+20 Conference and the 2013 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review. While the benefits of STI for development have received global recognition, access to these benefits remains unequally distributed within and among countries.

Despite rapidly advancing technological developments, fully open and accessible research and innovation has not been put into widespread practice until today. Appreciating the continuous persistence of the ”knowledge challenge”, UNESCO’s Open Access programme is designed to foster the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to make peer-reviewed research accessible to all.

Within the same context, UNESCO will co-organize with the German and the Netherlands National Commissions for UNESCO, a Regional Consultation on “Open Access to Scientific Information and Research – Concept and Policies” on 20 and 21 November 2013. Third in its series, the Consultation will be hosted by the German National Commission for UNESCO in Berlin. The meeting for Europe and North America follows previous Regional Consultations on Open Access for Eastern and Central Europe and the Baltic States (5-7 September 2012) as well as Latin American and the Caribbean (5-8 March 2013).

Read more on the UNESCO site

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