Helio Kuramoto and Brazil's IBICT

From: Stevan Harnad <harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 12:29:36 +0000

Many thanks to Dr. Helio Kuramoto for his excellent, accurate summary
of the recent Open Access (OA) workshop at U. Minho, Portugal.

I just wanted to add that I (and other OA activists worldwide, notably
Eloy Rodrigues of U. Minho, organizer of the workshop) admire and applaud
the efforts of Dr. Kuramoto and IBICT.

Brazil is already a leader on the "golden" road to Open Access (OA)
in the Developing World, namely, OA publishing, with its admirable
Scielo journals initiative;

But this is definitely not enough. What is urgently needed at this time is
a strong Brazilian initiative along the faster, surer "green" road to OA:
OA self-archiving, and especially OA self-archiving mandates from Brazil's
research institutions and funders, exactly as summarised by Dr. Kuramoto:

    "O estabelecimento dessa política e desse mandato só pode ser
    conseguido por meio do convencimento dos dirigentes das agências de
    fomento, das instituições governamentais, em espeical as universidades
    e os institutos de pesquisas, além, obviamente, dos pesquisadores."

This was also the verdict of the recent OA congress in Bangalore,
likewise attended by representatives from Brazil; its outcome, the
"National Open Access Policy for Developing Countries" was precisely
the one summarised above by Dr. Kuramoto.

I regret that I could not write this comment in Portuguese, but, with the help
of Ana Alice Baptista, I have tried to make up for that here:

Stevan Harnad
American Scientist Open Access Forum
Received on Thu Dec 21 2006 - 12:43:33 GMT

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