Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge to the reader, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. [read more at http://open-access.web.cern.ch/Open-Access/whatis.html];
CERN's role in the Open Access Movement: According to the CERN Convention [http://doc.cern.ch/archive/electronic/other/preprints/CM-P/cm-p00046871.pdf] "the results of its experimental and theoretical work shall be published or otherwise made generally available."; Recently CERN decided to adopt a specific Publication Policy to promote Open Access. [read more at http://open-access.web.cern.ch/Open-Access/pp.html]
Advantages of Open Access to readers and authors
As a reader: Open Access removes price and permission barriers and allows rapid access to scientific research results
As an author: Open Access enlarges your audience and increases the visibility and impact of your work ; [read more at http://open-access.web.cern.ch/Open-Access/whatis.html]
For WSIS I on Geneva CERN, together with ICSU and TWAS had organised a summit event named “The Role of Science in the Information Society”.
The event was reported in the Plenary of WSIS I in Geneva on Friday, 12 December 2003: Report from Multi-stakeholder Events, 15:30h-17:00h GMT+1; compare: http://www.itu.int/wsis/geneva/coverage/archive.asp?lang=en&c_type=pl|&c_num=5|6
Several general themes emerged as guidelines and received clear support:
- fundamental scientific information must be made freely available;
- software tools for disseminating this information must also be made freely available;
- networking infrastructure for distributing this information must be established world-wide;
- training of people and equipment to use this information must be provided in the host nations;
- general education is an indispensable basis for the Information Society.
Several of the objectives defined by the RSIS are already recognised in the WSIS Declaration of Principles and the WSIS draft Action Plan
For more Information compare the proceedings of the event under:
The CERN “Open Access” action is a follow up action resulting from CERN practice in the past decades and specifically from the WSIS I and II .
This project has been submitted to the Golden Book database.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Related MDGs: MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development