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UNESCO Adopts Open Access Policy
Source: www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Focus: Citizens’ Service Delivery
Created: May 16, 2013

Starting July 2013, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will make hundreds of digital publications available to millions of people free-of-charge, thanks to its recent implementation of an Open Access Policy.

“Advancements in education, science and culture are made possible through broad and unfettered access to research and knowledge, enabling policymakers, researchers, practitioners and the general public to use and build upon this knowledge. As an intergovernmental organization, UNESCO has a fundamental interest in ensuring that the outputs created by the Organisation, including publications, data and resources, are available to the widest possible audience,” the agency said

Apart from maximum freedom use of the agency’s publications, the policy will also address the spiraling costs of the scientific literature, which is essential to researchers. According to an official statement, resources published through UNESCO will be assigned a license that allows anyone to use any content for as long as the original author and UNESCO are given credit for the original creation.

In this aspect, UNESCO will make the publications available online through a multilingual Repository which will be launched in the coming weeks.

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