Identifying the role of open access information in attaining the UN SDGs

perspectives rom the Asia-Oceania region

Jayshree Mamtora, Prashant Pandey

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    In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) covering social and economic development issues including poverty, climate change, social justice, and education, in all countries throughout the world. The intent at the core of the SDGs is recognised in the formal title “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Libraries and librarians have been a part of the post-2015 UN development agenda from the start, as reflected in the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development released by the International Federation for Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in 2014. The Declaration enshrined the idea that ‘access to information supports development by empowering people.'

    Much earlier, in 2002, the Open Access (OA) movement commenced with the Budapest Open Access Initiative led by a group of international scholars who were keen to allow unrestricted access to journal literature for the public good. This type of access allows the free exchange of knowledge and resources to widen its impact and to encourage creativity. This married the long-standing ‘old' tradition – the willingness of researchers to publish their findings, freely and without payment – with the onset of the new online environment. Since then, OA has grown exponentially with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) currently lists 3.1 million articles in nearly 12,000 peer-reviewed journals (DOAJ, 2018).

    This paper will investigate the impact of OA in the light of the SDGs; that is, the extent to which the objectives of OA dovetail with the contribution by libraries in attaining the SDGs. We will focus on the rise of Open Access in the Asia and Oceania region and will highlight case studies where open access has led to the transformation of communities in different ways. Finally, the paper will make some recommendations for libraries in the region towards championing OA initiatives, as a step towards attaining the SDGs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
    EventInternational Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress 2018 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Duration: 24 Aug 201830 Aug 2018

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    ConferenceInternational Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress 2018
    Abbreviated titleIFLA WLIC 2018
    CountryMalaysia
    CityKuala Lumpur
    Period24/08/1830/08/18

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    Mamtora, J., & Pandey, P. (2018). Identifying the role of open access information in attaining the UN SDGs: perspectives rom the Asia-Oceania region. Paper presented at International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Mamtora, Jayshree ; Pandey, Prashant. / Identifying the role of open access information in attaining the UN SDGs : perspectives rom the Asia-Oceania region. Paper presented at International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.12 p.
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    Mamtora J, Pandey P. Identifying the role of open access information in attaining the UN SDGs: perspectives rom the Asia-Oceania region. 2018. Paper presented at International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.