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Title: The role of ICT applications in Open Access
Authors: Corletey, Abednego
Keywords: Self archiving
Knowledge sharing
Scholarly publishing
Open source
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Libraries in academic and research institutions have traditionally provided scholarly sources to their community of users. Rising cost of providing current and scholarly sources in journals have led to the birth of the OA movement. This movement is aided by libraries and fully supported by the scientists and researchers who feel that public or government funded research should be made freely available and easily accessible to all members of a community. This movement has had stiff opposition from the commercial publishing houses who for economic profit have sought to prevent the growth of the OA movement. The movement along with libraries worldwide now provide scholarly information and knowledge to the scholarly community by means of Information and Communication Technologies(ICT) that aid the creation, gathering, storing, processing, retrieving and dissemination of information to the user community. Working along with the OA movement is the Open Archives initiative (OAi) and Open Source Software (OSS) movements that have provided the ICT components necessary to support the making of such plethora of scholarly information freely accessible to all. The OAi and OA concept also promote self archiving which takes away the rising cost of scholarly publishing and high subscription fees that has bedevilled the research and scientific community and prevented free access to scholarly research. This article takes a look at the forward march of the OA movement and how it has impacted publishing scholarly information, accessibility to scientific scholarship, and the ICT components that have been employed to support such provision of information, and the new platforms that could be use to help expand the means of providing access to knowledge freely to all. The paper concludes by providing suggestions on what academic and research libraries in the country can do to enhance their roles by making use of ICT in pushing the OA agenda.
Description: Paper presented at the 2010 Ghana Library Association AGM.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1440
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