The African Commons Project » Open Access Debates – get talking
A series of interesting and thought-provoking debates is scheduled to launch on 27 November. Funded by DFID and hosted on UNESCO’s WSIS Open Access Community Forum, the discussion will provide a valuable space to discuss different perspectives on what open access means for the developing world and what it can offer. Register for the online discussions on the WSIS Open Access Knowledge Communities here. The discussion is found at the following link: http://bit.ly/TdUyHG. But please note that in order to post comments you will need to be registered as a user on the platform. The kickoff topic for debate will be The production, publication and consumption of scholarly knowledge and OA. The introductory debate 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? Within this topic will be the following sub-themes will be introduced: 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."