Tuesday, July 03, 2012

World Bank Open Access Policy

As many may know, on April 1, 2012, the World Bank adopted an important open access policy for formal publications by World Bank staff.  This is a very important step for the open access movement and for Creative Commons.

Two aspects of the policy that deserve special mention: (1) deposit is required; and (2) the policy focuses on the terms of reuse in addition to online availability.

The key features are that World Bank staff are required to deposit their research into the Bank's Open Knowledge Repository. Internally published research will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Externally published articles will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported License unless the publisher accepts the CC BY license.

On May 21, 2012, I participated in a panel discussion about how this policy will contribute to the Bank's pro-development mission.  The video from that is here:

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