Open Access Efforts in ASEAN Countries: OA Efforts
"Ministry of Education (MOE) establishes five pillars of strategic ICT components which include Edunet (internet for schools), e-learning, Education Information System, human capacity building, and e-resource@MOE (nationwide open access resources for a teaching and learning community). Several projects are released as a result of that such as Digital National Union Catalog of Libraries, e-Library@ubd (University of Brunei Darussalam), and e-education (MOE, n.d.). The MOE also funds the project called National Digital Library of Libraries or Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Library in order to provide resources without charge, diverse and easily accessible materials equally to all users (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Library, 2009). To a large extent, academic staff and researchers in universities are the pioneers and discoverers in the knowledge invention, discovery, and delivery processes with tremendous help of librarians. Educational institutions create digital libraries and work collaboratively with museum libraries to integrate e-resource, information products and services, library automation, and digital publishing. In addition, Brunei National Accreditation Council has been working to increase open and distance learning solutions such as heritage information (UNESCO, 2013a). Despite of all that OA advocates, according to DOAJ and OpenDOAR, Brunei has one OA journal (Brunei International Medical Journal) and none open repository. It could be that Brunei has not registered more OA journal in DOAJ or open repository in OpenDOAR or an OA journal stops publishing. For instance, University of Brunei Darussalam publishes SHBIE e-journal which is not actively published since 2010, according to its website ..."