Re: Openj-gate Launch

From: guedon <>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 07:12:42 -0500

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As I was involved with the inauguration of this remarkable portal - I
mean Open J-Gate - I would like to express my concern about the
comparison between Open J-Gate and DOAJ in the statement below. Each of
these two projects are extremely good, and, in my opinion, should not be
pitted against each other. On the contrary, I see them with respective
and complementary strengths. Ways to reinforce this complementarity
should be explored and implemented.

My own personal wish is simple: at the forthcoming meeting in Lund in
April, it would be wonderful to see representatives of both projects
meet and discuss about the ways and means to proceed forward together,
in an open and constructive manner which will benefit each project in
particular, and the whole OA movement in general.

Jean-Claude Guédon

Le vendredi 03 mars 2006 à 13:40 +0000, Stevan Harnad a écrit :
> Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2006 18:23:39 +0530
> From: ratnakar <ratnakar AT>
> Informatics launched the openj-gate portal as its contribution towards
> open access movement. I am attaching to this mail a brief write up
> about the function held on the 27th Feb at New Delhi. You may post
> it in your regular distribution channels. The portal has already been
> getting several thousands of hits and users are finding it to be more
> meaningful than goggle scholar. I am sending another mail posted on
> the lis-forum today by an user.
> A. Ratnakar
> Informatics (India) Ltd
> New Delhi
> World's largest Open Access e-journals portal launched
> The placid and lackadaisical information infrastructure scenario of the
> country saw a momentous action on Monday the 27th of Feb, when world's
> first e-journals portal Open J-Gate ( was launched by
> Bangalore based Informatics (India) Ltd as a free service for everyone
> across the globe. Informatics called the launch India's contribution to
> the global research and the promotion of open access movement. Open Access
> to journals is what Open Source is for software. As the name suggests,
> access to open j-gate is free for any one to access across the world. It
> has enhanced the information access of researchers not only in India but
> all over the world.
> The occasion for this historic launch was the 12th Annual Lecture on
> Informatics at Indian National Academy of Sciences (INSA), where over 200
> senior professors, scientists, librarians and researchers from most of the
> top research and academic establishments of the country had gathered. Dr
> Jean-Claude Guedon, a global expert of open access movement and founder of
> Internet Society of Canada launched the Open J-Gate; he was sent by the
> Open Society Institute (OSI), New York for this launch.
> There are hundreds of journals, which are available from various publishers
> and societies from across the globe free on the Internet. But all of them
> are widely scattered and searching the articles and getting to them is a
> very cumbersome job for researchers.
> Open J-Gate is the first portal in the world to index over 3000+ open
> access e-journals on one single searchable platform in the form of a
> standard database bridging the access gap. The nearest comparable
> initiative by Lund University, Sweden, covers less than 600 open access e-
> journals.
> UGC Vice Chairman Prof V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai shared his ideas on open
> access issues that affect the most to the global scientific fraternity and
> lauded the efforts of Informatics immensely for launching open J-Gate; a
> portal direly needed by the resource starved Indian scientific community in
> particular.
> Dr. Guedon dwelled on the history of the open access movement and
> emphasized the need of expanding the open access movement across the
> globe. He congratulated the CMD of Informatics Mr. N V sathyanaryana for
> his philanthropic venture and hailed Open J-Gate as a revolutionary step
> for the global scientific community at large.
> Open J-Gate has over a million articles published in 2,000+ peer
> reviewed research journals in addition to articles from over 1,000 trade
> and professional journals. The data base can be accessed at the URL
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