Open Access: are Southern voices being stifled?

Watch/Listen Again Wednesday 24 October 2012 13:00 to 14:30
Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies - or watch online

About the seminar

Researchers from developing countries struggle to get their voices heard in a global publishing environment which favours Northern voices. At the same time, information users in developing countries face exorbitant fees when they try to access research which is locked away in prestigious and expensive northern journals.

Open Access is concerned with the right of the public to access to publically funded research. It is about ensuring that research literature is made available online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. How can this vision of Open Access become a reality for researchers and research users in developing countries? And as open access debates move beyond the journal, what does open access offer to research communication for development?

About the speakers

Eve Gray is an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Educational Technology and Associate, IP Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town.  A former scholarly textbook publisher, Eve has been involved in a number of projects focusing on open access and its potential for enhancing the visibility and profile of developing country research. She is currently the Project Lead, Advocacy and Policy Development in the IDRC-funded Scholarly Communications in Africa Programme and is Project Lead for the IRDC/Columbia University funded research project "The Ecology of Access to Materials in Developing World Universities".

Rebecca Kahn is a researcher in the Digital Humanities Department at King’s College London. She is researching the role of library and archive collections as active players in the development of national identity. She completed her first degree at Rhodes University, South Africa, before working as a journalist and editor in Johannesburg. She has also worked for Creative Commons, iCommons and the African Commons Project, as well as collaborating with the Wikimedia Foundation, the Shuttleworth Foundation and other open source and free culture organisations. At Kings, her MA Digital Asset Management research examined the role of digital library collections in representing national identity in postcolonial, multiethnic societies.

James Georgalakis is Head of IDS Communications, overseeing the publications program, web and social media strategy and media and public affairs activities. James has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 2000, predominantly in media and advocacy communications roles. He joined the international development sector in 2005. His experience includes three years leading the communications team at EveryChild and convening the DFID CSO Child Rights Working Group.

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