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Target Audience: academics, researchers, authors, journal editors, societal publishers, directors of research institutes, policy makers, research funders/funding agencies, media, government departments, information professionals.
Theme: “Open Access drive and Digital Scholarship in Africa”
“Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review” Peter Suber http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/brief.htm
Open Access (OA) Week is organized to raise awareness, celebrate the progress, share benefits and experiences about providing free online access to research results and their use for socio-economic development. To commemorate the Open Access Week, this year the OA Sub-Committee of the Botswana Library Consortium (BLC) is organizing a two-day conference 24-25 October 2012. The Conference intends to bring together universities, research institutes, colleges, government departments, media, societal publishers, funding agencies, and libraries to share ideas on open-access publishing, policies, access to information, economic benefits and advocacy.
The conference organizers are calling for abstracts on a range of sub-themes, but not limited to:
Sub - themes
Contact Person: All the correspondence and queries should be referred to:
Prof Priti Jain
Tel: + (267) 355-5086
Copy to: Reason Baathuli Nfila
Tel: + (267) 355-2300