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Celebration of Open Access Week in Lesotho, 24 to 29 October 2011

Within the framework of UNESCO's action to support the development strategies for using ICTs in knowledge acquisition and sharing, and in particular, for access to scientific knowledge, UNESCO will contribute towards the capacity development plan for Open Access in Lesotho.

Open Access logo.jpg The National University of Lesotho (NUL), in cooperation with UNESCO and the International Network for Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), will celebrate International Open Access Week in order to sensitize academia on the philosophy and advantages of Open Access to scientific Knowledge. The celebrations will take place at NUL Library, Roma from 24 to 28 October 2011. The activity is a direct follow-up to the “Regional Workshop on the Benefits of Open Access for Research Dissemination, Usage, Visibility and Impact” that was organized in collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and EIFL, in Pretoria (South Africa) on 22 and 23 November 2010.

During the week long celebrations, two workshops will be organized to support the implementation of the capacity development plan for Open Access in Lesotho.

The first workshop will sensitize academia on the importance of Open Access in Lesotho. Participants will also suggest activities to be undertaken to support the implementation of the capacity development plan for Open Access in Lesotho.

The second workshop will target information professionals from the following institutions: National University of Lesotho, Lesotho College of Education, Lerotholi Polytechnic, National Health Training College, Lesotho Agricultural College, Limkonkwing University Library, Lesotho National Library Services, Lesotho Library Consortium, Lesotho National Commission to UNESCO and Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology. These institutions will come together in order to discuss the practical steps to be undertaken in order to establish a country-wide repository of scientific information. Specific attention will be given to Intellectual property, content types, technical infrastructure and indexing standards of the repository.

Open Access Week is celebrated around the world as in order to sensitize the academic and research community on the potential benefits of Open Access and to share their experiences with colleagues. Ultimately the week inspires wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. This year’s Open Access Week (October 18 – 24) will highlight the collaboration and collective action that have heightened the momentum behind Open Access and showcase a broad range of initiatives around the globe. Participation by hundreds of universities, research facilities, and other sites worldwide will illustrate the depth and breadth of support for Open Access and demonstrate the real impact of unfettered access on advancing discovery across disciplines.

Author(s) UNESCO Office Windhoek
Source UNESCO Office Windhoek
Website 1 (URL) Joint Regional Workshop on Open Access Journal Publishing
Website 2 (URL) Open Access to Scientific Information
Editorial Contact: Jaco du Toit
- Email j.dutoit@unesco.org
Publication Date 14 Oct 2011
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