Open Access Forum 2011:

Experts Meeting on the UNESCO Open Access Strategy

22-23 November 2011

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris




The main objectives of the meeting are to:


1.    To discuss key global trends in Open Access to scientific information and research;

2.    Discuss and operationalize the UNESCO Open Access, including identifying partners and extra-budgetary funding sources; and

3.    Contribute project ideas and new directions for future biennia covered in the Strategy






  1. UNESCO Open Access Strategy



  1. List of Participants


Day One: 22 November 2011


1. Welcome and Background

       Welcome Address by Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division

       Inauguration of the OA Forum by Janis Karklins, ADG for Communication and Information

       Self-introductions by participants

       Structure of the meeting by Sanjaya Mishra   





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2. Open Access to scientific information and research

       Orientation and the UNESCO OA Strategy and rationale by Sanjaya Mishra

Objective: To present the UNESCO OA strategy, and identify concrete action plan, potential partners and events for interventions.

Facilitator: Indrajit Banerjee


Devika P. Madalli





3. Open Access Repositories and Journals – I Objective: This session will focus on understanding the contemporary status of Open Access journals and how UNESCO can promote OA journals.

       Scholarly Communication and Status of OA Journals by Lars Bjrnshauge

       Problems and Prospects of OA Journal Publishing by Ahmed Hindawi

       Towards development of indicators for measuring the impact of OA journals and repositories by Jean Claude Guedon

Facilitator: Abel Packer

Rapporteur: Iryna Kuchma






4. Open Access Repositories  and Journals – II

Objective: This session will focus on understanding the contemporary status of Open Access repositories and steps needed to promote OA repositories, including the efforts in the Europe as example.

        Status and Importance of OA Repositories by Steven Harnad (via video and Skype)

        European Commission and e-Infrastructure for Open Access by Carlos Morais Pires

        European Experience of Open Access Repositories by Nobert Lossaau

Facilitator: Xiaolin Zhang

Rapporteur: Martin Belcher





Day Two: 23 November 2011


5. Open Access Policies  

Objective: This session will focus on Open Access policies, examples and how UNESCO may like to promote OA in Member States.

        Promoting OA Policies and UNESCO OA Policy Guidelines by Alma Swan

        European Commission and OA Policy recommendations by Jean-Francois Dechamp

        Open Access Policy and Wellcome Trust by Robert Kiley


Vincent Wintermans

Rapporteur: Shalini Urs





6. Network for Open Access to Scientific Information and Research (NOASIR)

Objective: This session will focus on the idea of NOASIR to improve collaboration and access to scientific information for the less developed countries, besides encouraging publishers to use Open Access business models.

       Increasing Access to Scientific Research: An overview of some current STM collaborative research and delivery programmes by Richard Gedye

        FAO and Open Access by Stephen Rudgard

        WHO and Equitable Access by Kimberley Parker

Facilitator: Sanjaya Mishra

Rapporteur: Mandy A. Taha





7. Education and Training for Open Access

Objective: This session will focus on improving the standard of Open Access education and training for library and information professionals by stock-taking the current scenario and looking into the possibility of developing a standard curriculum.

         Towards a curriculum for Open Access by Shalini Urs

         Open Access Training: EIFL experiences by Iryna Kuchma

Facilitator: Eve Gray

Rapporteur: Bojan Macan


8. Wrap up, conclusions, next steps



Closing Visit to UNESCO Open Expo at Fontenoy Building