Friday, July 01, 2005

Creative Globalization

Blogposts with links on interesting projects, and Heather's own writings, relating to Creative Globalization:


OA and Global Science

Access to Knowledge (A2K) / WIPO Development Agenda
Internationally, the most creative globalization initiative I'm aware of is the Access to Knowledge (A2K) Treaty. The goal of A2K is "access to knowledge for all people".

In 2004, Brazil and Argentina led an initiative to move the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in the direction of a development agenda. The WIPO development agenda is supported by many countries and organizations. To find out what is going on, and how to support A2K as the world prepares for the fall 2005 WIPO General Assembly, go to the Access to Knowledge web page.

The Association of Research Libraries has posted Library Related Principles for the International Development Agenda of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a statement which has been endorsed by many library associations.

Thanks to Peter Suber's Open Access News for ongoing updates on the WIPO Development Agenda and A2K.

The African Commons Encyclopedia is a wiki-based "living conceptual map of the people, projects and processes that contribute to the development of shared, networked knowledge across the African continent." Thanks to Peter Suber's Open Access News, Sept. 1, 2005.

International cooperation & digital libraries
Sridhar, V., interview with David S. Magier. We need libraries more than ever Frontline, Volume 22 - Issue 17, Aug 13 - 26, 2005.
Excerpt: "The digital medium, particularly the Internet, offers new possibilities for scholars and library professionals. But this hinges crucially on international cooperation in preserving, conserving and organising library collections so that they can be shared by users globally. The Centre for South Asian Libraries (CSAL) is an example of such a collaborative venture. Unlike the colonial model, which resulted in collections being carted away from India, it works on the principle that by using digital technologies, material can be accessed by Western scholars without having to appropriate them physically. Sharing is thus a key word in this model.". Thanks to Peter Suber's Open Access News , Monday, August 15, 2005.

Transforming eScience to Inclusive Science: Open Access is the Key
Keynote by Subbiah Arunachalam, Creating the Information Commons for e-Science: Toward Institutional Policies and Guidelines for Action, Paris, Sept. 2005.

Global Scan on Open (Collaborative) Content Projects
Thanks to Peter Suber's Open Access News, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005.

Last updated October 15, 2006

This post reflects my personal opinion only and does not represent the opinions or policy of the BC Electronic Library Network or the Simon Fraser University Library.

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