Opening up of access to Agricultural Knowledge and Information in ICAR

Opening up of access to Agricultural Knowledge and Information in ICAR

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had started a discussion on its Facebook page about Opening up of access to Agricultural Knowledge in ICAR. Please visit the post here and give your suggestions or share your comments. Thank you.

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India adopts CC-BY

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India

The Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India (MAPAI) had adopted creative commons CC-BY license for its official publication Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (OAJMAP). The recent announcement about this on its journals web page mentions that to fully realize the potential of open access to research literature, barriers to reuse need to be removed and it uses CC-BY and also recommends it as the preferred license for open access publications. It also adds that with the adoption of CC-BY license all those players would be encouraged who wish to develop new knowledge tools and services for making the research discovered and produce new knowledge. The Chief Commons Officer, John Wilbanks in the latest special issue of Nature on ‘The Future of Publishing‘ says that “A licence that is designed just for publishers might feel safer, but it is a fool’s errand”. He also mentions that CC-BY is widely used by scholarly publishers viz., BioMed Central, Hindawi and the Public Library of Science and it fulfills the community definitions of openness.

Invitation for Quality Evaluation of UNESCO’s GOAP

goap_logo_en_transparentUNESCO’s Global Open Access Portal (GOAP) presenting the status of Open Access to scientific information around the world is in the process of doing a Quality Evaluation of UNESCO’s GOAP.  And is inviting experts and professionals involved with Open Access to offer their perspectives towards the advancement of Open Access policy by completing a short questionnaire online by March 22, 2013.

For more information, you may please contact Ms. Alison Macbeth, Communication and Information, UNESCO, New Delhi Office, India.

Iryna Kuchma wins EPT 2nd Annual OA Award


The second annual Open Access award for the year 2012 instituted by the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT) went to Iryna Kuchma for her great contributions towards Open Access in the World.

Iryna is programme at EIFL-OA which is working for removing barriers to knowledge sharing.  The blog post on OA award by EPT says that, “Since the establishment in 2003 of the EIFL-OA progamme, Iryna has been the first full-time programme manager, thus she is largely responsible for EIFL’s accomplishments in the field of Open Access”. Ms. Iryna’s achievements includes, establishment of more than 490 Open Repositories in the 45 developing and transition countries, development of more than 3,400 Open Access Journals and development of 34 OA policies in the EIFL regions. Please see here for all the achievements of EIFL-OA and the contributions of Iryna for the Open Access polices around the world.

The very first kind of this type of award for the developing countries was launched in year 2011 and the first award went to Dr. Francis Jayakanth of IISc, Bangalore, who was responsible for the ePrints@IISc, an institutional repository of Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.

The EPT had also recognized the work of Susan Veldsman from South Africa with the award of a certificate of commendation for her advocacy and training work on Open Access in her region.

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Dr Melissa Terras on Open Access Continuum with Social Media

Melissa Terras

Dr Melissa Terras: open access and the Twitter effect.

In the Open Access success stories column on ‘‘, I found story of Dr. Melissa Terras. Few weeks back only I heard her  podcast “Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it?” on University of Oxford’s Social Media Talks. I am very impressed by her talk and got all the answer to the questions which my colleagues and mentors have on the topics social networking, research and Open Access.

In the story, it is mentioned that the downloads of her paper on digital curiosities were doubled twice since the time she deposited and when she blogged and tweeted. Much of the researchers work is buried somewhere. If it is pushed into web via social networks it would reach to many and it would get due credit and also would have impact.

In the story, Dr. Melissa Terras says: ‘You can spend years producing a research paper, why would you not spend the time it takes to deposit it in Open Access repository, and the seconds it takes to share that copy online with as many people as you possibly can

You may click here to visit Dr. Melissa Terras’ blog and here to follow her on twitter.


About MyOpenArchive – An Individual’s Repository


Most of you might be wondering how you can share your scholarly works. For you here is the answer. It is MyOpenArchive, an individual Open Access Repository a.k.a iR.

The scholars can now share their scholarly materials like journal article, thesis, bulletins, books, book chapter and all the grey literature which is difficult to trace via conventional channels but is very important.

On MyOpenArchive,  using either twitter or facebook login one can easily upload his/her material. Once submitted, the materials are disseminated in the world-wide-web using other social and scholarly networks! The popular reference manager and academic social network Mendeley has now web importer for MyOpenArchive.

The MyOpenArchive was founded in September 2007 by Keita Bando, as an international not for profit organization for advocating Open Access and promoting self-archiving (Green OA) platform to enable better knowledge sharing in a way to make world better for everyone. As one of the goals of MyOpenArchive is also to advocate Open Access, the Open Access India had become partner with it and advocating about same. Now the members of the Open Access India community who have no access to institutional repositories can use this individual repository platform for sharing the scholarly outputs to the to the world socially. The MyOpenArchive now has become very popular on social networking that in Nature Jobs blog post on A to Z of social media for academics at the letter ‘M‘, MyOpenArchive is listed!!

Growth of Open Access Journals in India

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Open Access Journals in India

This post is about the growth of Open Access Journals in India with more emphasis on agriculture and allied subjects. We can see that immediately after Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002), the Indian Academy of Sciences made all its journals Open Access. To this list Medknow also added few of its journals and till the year 2005 only medical journals were added to the DOAJ. From 2005-06, other subject journals were also listed in the directory.

Only during 2007, the first agricultural journal which was added is Journal of Tropical Agriculture which is the official publication of Kerala Agricultural University. In 2008, NISCAIR added its journals and from agriculture, the ICRISAT‘s Journal of SAT Agricultural ResearchMadras Agricultural Journal from MASU.

The year of 2010 has the highest number of journals added to the directory in which Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants is the first journal to be added from a scholarly society housed at an ICAR institute.  And in 2012, Indian Phytopathology is another journal to be added from the scholarly society housed at an ICAR institute. However, there are other Open Access journals like Indian Journal of Agricultural SciencesIndian Journal of Animal Sciences which are ICAR publications hosted at e-pubs platform of ICAR and Karnataka Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Journal of Fisheries etc which are not added into the directory. Hope they would soon be added for the benefit of public good. It’s good to note that India ranks 4th in the world in list of Open Access journals after United States, Brazil and United Kingdom.

Building Institutional Repositories for Global Research Commons | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS)

Building Institutional Repositories for Global Research Commons | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS).

An Institutional Repository is an online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating, in digital form, the intellectual output of an institution (INASP, 2013). According to ROAR, there are 3,340 and as per OpenDOAR, there are 2,255 institutional repositories in the world and out of which 87 are in agriculture, food and veterinary (OpenDOAR, 2013).

Most of these repositories are build either by DSpace or Eprints which are Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). These software are compatible with Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and make the meta-data of the records easily available to the machines and makes the contents available when queried in any web search engines.

Therefore, when the institutional repositories are built and populated with the intellectual digital products, the user would get the access to the information and no matter where the information is housed. When these records use the tags like AgroTagger or vocabulary like AGROVOC which is Linked Open Data (LOD), all queried records and along with all the related data would become available. This system in practice and the will and consent of the author along with the proper archiving and sharing polices, the institutions can build Global Research Commons.