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Recently Released by Consumers International: “Access to Knowledge for Consumers”

Many health news items posted here are derived from copyrighted material, including articles from biomedical journals.
Of course, many biomedical journals provide (as the New England Journal of Medicine) provide portions of their journals free of charge online.  Quite a few biomedical journals allow free access to articles older than a specified time (as 6 month, 1 year, 2 years).

Here is a related item from Resource Shelf

Recently Released by Consumers International: “Access to Knowledge for Consumers”

October 15, 2010 00:07

From an Open Society Initiatives Announcement:

Information Program grantee [from the Open Society Initiatives]Consumers International has released the results of a global survey designed to expose the obstacles consumers face in gaining access to education and cultural materials. The survey was conducted in 13 languages, covering 15,000 consumers across 24 countries.

The survey found that “The biggest barriers that consumers face in accessing copyright works are those created by copyright law. Even so, consumers around the world will choose original copyright works over pirated copies, provided that they are available at an affordable price.”
[Editor Flahiff’s emphasis]

While borrowing from libraries and other cultural institutions provided a viable alternative for some consumers priced out of original copyrighted works, the survey found that, particularly in developing countries, “access to libraries is limited and the works they carry are few.” [Editor Flahiff’s note…She saw this first hand during a short Peace Corps service project trip to Liberia, West Africa in May 2009 ]Although the authors of the survey saw “copyleft” initiatives like Open Educational Resources and Free and Open Source Software as great ways to help consumers vault access barriers, they concluded that governments needed to act “to address consumers’ needs for lower cost original materials to buy, borrow and access online.”

Direct to Full Text (336 Pages; PDF)

Full Text Also Available in Spanish and French

See Also: “Access to Knowledge – A Guide for Everyone” (2010)

The purpose of this book is to provide an accessible introduction to the A2K movement and the institutions, concepts and issues involved in it, for those who would like to become involved but don’t know where to start. In a truly collaborative exercise, information from various freely-licensed sources has been combined with text especially written for this book, and the whole has been made available for you to freely copy, share and modify.

October 15, 2010 - Posted by | Biomedical Research Resources

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  1. […] [Related to recent posting here Access to Knowledge for Consumers] […]

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