Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sights from RAILS - CIARD Africa Consultations, 19 - 21 June 2012

Try to ask a research scientist in a public research institute in Africa to provide open access (OA) to his research outputs and you are mostly going to get a very big NO for an answer.  Why? Open access is not well understood by most researchers and information professionals in public institutions. For this reason, I welcome the initiative to organize consultations for the Directors of Research and the Information Managers from agricultural research institutes in Africa to discuss opening access to agricultural research outputs. The three-day consultation (19-21 June, Accra, Ghana) is organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA).
Visit this blog for my analysis of the discussions and outputs of the consultations. Meanwhile, here are some photos from the consultations.

Krishan Bheenick (CTA) faciltating a session on
participants' expectations

Franz Martin (FAO) presenting on opening access
 to agricultural research outputs

Participants working in groups

Participants listerning to a presentation

Ajit Maru (GFAR) clarifying a point

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