Atta-ur-Rahman, Pakistan’s novel open access instrumentation - SciDev.Net
peter.suber's bookmarks 2012-12-29
"When I was Pakistan's federal minister of science and technology, I asked myself, why cannot we introduce the concept of open access instrumentation at the national level so that the scientific community has free access to scientific instrumentation? The basic philosophy behind the open access movement is that it is the right of individuals to have free access to knowledge, unhampered by financial constraints. Open access instrumentation shares a similar philosophy – that every scientist has a right to have access to scientific instrumentation so that his creativity can blossom unhindered by financial and other constraints....An initiative I launched in 2005 became a huge success as it provided free access to sophisticated scientific instruments and saved considerable funds. In most fields of science....Open access instrumentation is a scheme that allows scientists to send their samples for free analyses to any institution in the country that has the facilities. The results can be sent back within a week with costs borne by the Higher Education Commission, the organisation responsible for all universities and degree awarding institutes in Pakistan...."