May 18, 2022

Reference: UNESCO Publications Now Freely Available via New Open Access Repository

The repository launched about a week ago and was recognized today by Creative Commons.

The launch follows a May 2013 UNESCO announcement when plans for the repository were announced.


UNESCO has launched its Open Access Repository (OAR) making more than 300 on-line books, reports, and articles freely available. The OAR will operate under a new open licensing system developed by the Creative Commons organization specifically for intergovernmental agencies.


Currently, the Repository contains works in some 12 languages, including major UNESCO reports and key research publications.

As well as the 300 Open Access publications, UNESCO will provide on-line availability to hundreds of other important reports and titles.

Covering a wide range of topics from all regions of the world, this knowledge can now be shared by the general public, professionals, researchers, students and policy-makers.

All new publications will be freely available under an open license.

Direct to OAR Homepage

Direct to OAR Search Interface

Today’s Creative Commons blog post points out that the UNESCO repository utilizes the new CC IG license that formally launched 12 days ago.

 [The] new suite of Creative Commons licenses specifically designed for intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). IGOs produce a wide array of valuable information and content, ranging from scholarly and scientific papers to environmental data. Just like other creators who seek wide dissemination of their works to achieve maximal impact, IGOs benefit from using CC’s well understood and widely adopted licenses.

Hat Tip: @mattrweaver

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