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The Open Access (OA) Sub-Committee of the Botswana Library Consortium (BLC) is organizing a series of events during OA Week from 24-30 October 2011, that includes the following:
The events will take place within the EIFL-funded national open access advocacy campaign "Advocacy for Open Access to Researchers/Deans/Graduate Students/Editors/Policy Makers/Educators/Library Professionals" implemented by Botswana Library Consortium and University of Botswana. Learn more about the EIFL-OA Open Access advocacy campaign grants.
Botswana Library Consortium (BLC) coordinates the OA Week celebrations countrywide to sensitize the target audience of researchers, policy makers, journal editors, educators, deans & directors, graduates students, media, and library professionals about OA concepts and best practices in increased access and dissemination of information.
Botswana Library Consortium (BLC) exists to bring together all types of libraries and information resource centres to provide sustainable easy access and dissemination of information to all people in Botswana through a strong cooperation among libraries, information providers, technologists, government ministries and other stakeholders and in this way contributes to Vision 2016.
About Open Access
OA Week is organized to raise awareness, celebrate the progress, share experiences about providing free online access to research results and their use by the public for socio-economic benefits. During this week different stakeholders will be expected to share information/knowledge and showcase different ways and means of disseminating research results and information to members of the public in line with Vision 2016 and poverty eradication programmes in Botswana.
OAs to research results mean
“its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited." (Budapest Open Access Initiative; Peter Suber, 2008)