Free Access To Academic Papers For Everyone In India: Government Proposes 'One Nation, One Subscription' Approach As Part Of Major Shift To Openness

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 06:03:21 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"All publicly funded scientific resources will be made shareable and
accessible nationally through digital platforms, including laboratories,
supercomputing and AI facilities. Publicly funded open educational
resources will be made available under a "minimally restrictive" open
content license. Libraries at publicly funded institutions will be
accessible to everyone, subject only to "reasonable security protocols".

Another idea is the creation of a dedicated portal (remember those?),
the Indian Science and Technology Archive of Research, which will
provide access to all publicly funded research, including manuscripts,
research data, supplementary information, research protocols, review
articles, conference proceedings, monographs, book chapters, etc. There
will also be a national science, technology and innovation
"observatory", which will establish data repositories and a
computational grid, among other things.

It's an incredibly ambitious program, with an ambitious goal: "To
achieve technological self-reliance and position India among the top
three scientific superpowers in the decade to come." The other two
superpowers being the US and China, presumably. Whether that program is
implemented, wholly or even just in part, is another matter, and will
depend on the lobbying that will now inevitably take place, and the
usual budgetary constraints. But it is certainly impressive in the
completeness of its vision, and in its commitment to openness and
sharing in all its forms."

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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