Myths about Open Access: An article worth reading

Today marks the start of Open Access Week 2013. While browsing the internet for interesting articles on the subject of Open Access, I came across one on the Guardian website titled “Open Access: Six myths to put to rest” by Peter Suber. It’s worth a read as it helps to clear a lot of misconceptions about Open Access to research and its implications.

Enjoy Open Access Week!

Open access to research outputs: The case of the International Livestock Research Institute

I work at the Nairobi headquarters of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a communications specialist with the Markets, Gender & Livelihoods research theme. ILRI’s focus is on livestock research towards sustainable development and a food secure future. We work in East, West and southern Africa, South and Southeast Asia and China (Yunnan). Our headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya and we have a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

ILRI maintains an online, searchable open access repository of research outputs called Mahider (Mahider means repository in Amharic). Research outputs for which ILRI owns copyright are made available in full (downloadable as PDFs). These include outputs under the ILRI Publications Series, namely,

  • ILRI Research for Development Bulletins
  • ILRI Briefs (research briefs and policy briefs)
  • ILRI Proceedings
  • ILRI Discussion Papers
  • ILRI Research Reports
  • ILRI Project Reports
  • ILRI Manuals and Guides

In addition, we make use of various social media channels to share information via creative commons licence (non-commercial, attribution, share alike). Scientific presentations and posters are uploaded in Slideshare and indexed in Mahider. We also share a host of photos on our institutional Flickr account as well as films/videos and audio on YouTube, blip and Podomatic. Many of our projects and programs make use of blogs to post news and updates on research activities and to foster sharing of information via social media channels.