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[BOAI] Facilitating free/ low-cost access to STM information
From: Subbiah Arunachalam <arun AT mssrf.res.in>
Friends: Prof. Bruce Alberts, President of the US National Academy of Sciences, is a champion of science in the developing world. About a year or two ago, he spoke about the need for making scientific and scholarly literature widely available, especially to scientists in the developing countries, even if it means substantial subsidies. In about a week from now he will be addressing presidents (and other representatives) of many national science academies of the world at the meeting of the Inter Academy Council. People like us should write to him and support him in this initiative. And persuade him and other Academy presidents to work out a time-bound programme to make most of the STM literature widely available on the Internet and also a programme that would ensure access to computers and high bandwidth Internet connections for developing country researchers. What use is it if the information is available, but not the tools necessary to access it! I am marking copies of this mail to several like-minded people. Howsoever committed we are, I am afraid, unless we enlist the support of eminent scientists who can bring in the huge funds needed, we cannot succeed in achieving our goal - of making STM information easily accessible to developing country scientists. Regards. Arun [Subbiah Arunachalam]
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