May 22, 2022

UNESCO Plans To Develop a Global Open Access Portal, Call Goes Out for Help

From a UNESCO Announcement:

UNESCO, with the support of Colombia, Norway and United States of America, is developing a portal on Open Access (OA) to present a high-level snapshot of the state of OA around the world. Entitled Global Open Access Portal (GOAP), the tool is supposed to be the first destination for users seeking information on OA.

OA experts will collect, analyse and filter information related to the subject from different countries. This information will include: major national projects and initiatives; national and regional funding agencies; deposit mandates; and key organizations and institutions that are able to support Open Access initiatives. GOAP aims to assist UNESCO Member States in understanding the current state of Open Access and in taking appropriate decisions.

UNESCO is soliciting the interest of individual experts and institutions working on Open Access to serve as short-term consultants to provide content from the five regions: Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean. For more details about the consultancy and the information on how to join the OA Community, please contact: Sanjaya Mishra, UNESCO, Information Society Division.


The Open Access Community, recently built by UNESCO on the WSIS platform, has already more than 1000 members and hosts many discussions about various issues of interest to stakeholders. OA practitioners are encouraged to join the community and to enrich the debates.

Complete Announcement

See Also: Open Access to Scientific Information (via UNESCO)

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