Monday, January 11, 2010
N - Open access good for Africa
"The open access movement removes barriers to academic literature and offers opportunities to participate in the wider research and teaching community, ensuring that Africa does not end up on the wrong side of the 'digital divide,'" writes Joseph Juma Musakali, in an article on www.scidev.net. There are also many open access journals, including those in the Public Library of Science (PLoS), as well as others listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a project set up by Lund University Libraries in Sweden. To encourage the use of open access resources, faculty and students need training, especially in information search and retrieval (www.scidev.net/en/opinions/bridging-the-digital-divide-through-open-access.html).