A platform called the ‘Global Alliance of Open Access to Scholarly Communications Platform’ (CGOALL) was launched at the just ended WSIS Forum 2019 held in Geneva on the 8th of April 2019.
The platform was launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners and is meant to democratize scientific knowledge following a multicultural, multi-thematic and multi-lingual approach.
This follows the UNESCO hosting the session “Access to Scientific Information – Are we ready for the Global South and SDGs?” held as part of Action Line C3 and C7 E-Science at the WSIS Forum 2019.
The Global Alliance of Open Access Scholarly Communication Platforms (GLOALL)
The platform was launched with a recognition of the principle that scientific and scholarly knowledge is a global good essential for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition to fostering democratization of knowledge generated in ALL places, subjects and languages, the GLOALL carries a vision to promote the development of multilingual scholarly communication standards, products and services.
In the immediate term, GLOALL is expected to generate a unified vision for the alliance based on mutual trust; share experience, technology and know-how that can enhance and foster the development of tools, contents and practices for inclusive Open Access.
GLOALL is also expected to improve interoperability among platforms and address language barriers for inclusive knowledge uptake.
Some reactions from partners
- “a collaboration of these regional open access platforms can provide a stronger advocacy for some of the underrepresented lifesaving information and research. An example is Ebola, it was an area of discussion in small journals and then it exploded when the crises hit. So we need ‘glocalisation’ to give visibility to local journals and local issues, especially when they can have planet-wide consequences.” – Susan Marry (AJOL)
- “Our engagement, the accumulated know-how and experiences are unique and of great value. We need to identify our strengths, the gaps and then come up with a bigger goal in order to foster open infrastructure and Open Science to enable a worldwide collaboration and facilitate the sharing of knowledge.” - Tanja Niemann (ERUDIT)
- “First, advocacy about Open Access. Second, how we could develop methodologies, tools, services and solutions for platforms. Third, to jointly develop mechanisms, tools, and policies to give visibility to research.” Imagined Abel Packer (SciELO)
About the WSIS Action Line C3 and C7 E-Science Session 136
This session, was hosted by UNESCO on April 8, it discussed measures to foster cost effective mechanisms for sharing, accessing and utilizing scientific scholarship. It provided an opportunity to discuss recent initiatives and underline good practices to support Open Access and Open Science activities in the global south.
The session also discussed recommendations to promote democratization of scientific communication in the global south that support the SDGs and propose a set of options for multi-stakeholder partnership and capacity building in the field of access to information and e-science. Learn More