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1 OPEN ACCESS INITIATIVES IN ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, AND GEORGIA John Carey Hunter College Health Professions Library

2 Why OA for the Sciences? Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 2 SPARC Accelerate the pace of scientific discovery Encourage innovation Maximize investment in research

3 Why OA for Developing Countries? The Invisible College Science as never before a global network High disparity between resource fees vs. local incomes More access & impact for researchers in Developing countries Non-elite institutions Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 3

4 Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) International not-for-profit organization Mission: work with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information in developing and transition countries Country Coordinators in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 4

5 TABLE 1: OA Publishing in the South Caucasus, 2011 Source: Zargaryan, Zayseva, Kuchma (personal communication) Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 5 CountryOpen Access Journals Institutional Repositories Digital Libraries (Federal level) Armenia501 Azerbaijan310 Georgia501

6 Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 6

7 OA in Armenia 5 OA Journals, most focusing on science: Mechanics, Physics, Mathematics, Biology... also Historical-Philological Digital Library Fundamental Scientific Library Seeks mass digitization of NAS journals Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 7

8 An Issue of Language 8 Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4).

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10 OA in Azerbaijan Institutional Repository KUIR: Khazar University Institutional Repository Diverse subjects The regions only IR 3 OA journals: international affairs, general academic research, etc. Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 10

11 Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 11

12 OA in Georgia Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4) OA journals, heavy on technical subjects (mathematics, computer science) Digital Library of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia Electronic theses, dissertations,e-resources

13 Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 13

14 3 Languages: Georgian, Russian, English 14 Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4).

15 Use of OA to: Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 15 1) provide greater access to content for those in the South Caucasus, 2) encourage national innovation, 3) encourage transnational innovation by providing global access to the scholarly output of South Caucasian scholars, and 4) break down the pay-walls that make scholarly literature too expensive for libraries in the South Caucasus

16 Challenges for OA in the South Caucasus Low level of awareness among faculty Technological infrastructure Political, economic instability Donabedian, D. A. and Carey, J. (2011). Open access and liberal education: A look at Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Slavic and East European Education Resources, 12(4). 16


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