Mexico's Largest University to Post Online Nearly All Publications and Course Materials - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"The National Autonomous University of Mexico, better known as UNAM, has said it will make virtually all of its publications, databases, and course materials freely available on the Internet over the next few years—a move that some academics speculated could push other universities in the region to follow suit....They also said it was key to UNAM's social mission as a public institution: providing educational resources to populations usually underrepresented in the university system—really, to anyone who desires access to them. "As the national university, we must assume a national mission and give back to society what we are doing with its financial support," said Imanol Ordorika, a professor of social sciences and education at UNAM and a key force behind the effort. "That means providing open access and being accountable and transparent." ...But he said it would include all magazines and periodicals published by UNAM, and, if negotiations with outside publishers went well, all research published by UNAM employees. He also said the university would provide online access to all theses and dissertations as well as materials for its approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate courses...."