[Open-access] A report from India

Subbiah Arunachalam subbiah.arunachalam at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 09:17:18 UTC 2013

ICRISAT observes Open Access Week
 Dr Venkadesan of ISB speaks on the state of open access. *Photo: PS Rao,

Committed to promoting Open Access – encouraging and educating academic and
research community about its potential – ICRISAT organized an Open Access
Week observance on 24 October attended by more than 50 participants ranging
from scientists and managers to officers, scholars, interns and partners.
The event was part of the global Open Access Week celebration on 21-27

“Being part of the research community, we need to encourage Open Access in
order to break past barriers of information exchange.

This will help us gain access to the huge repository of knowledge and
research information that can enhance our capacity to do better research in
the future,” said Dr CLL Gowda, Deputy Director General for Research, at
the inauguration of the event and the Open Access Booth.

On the occasion, Dr Venkadesan, Director, Learning Resource Centre, Indian
School of Business delivered a lecture on “The state of Open Access: A
report,” emphasizing that the movement can be successful only if the
research community is educated about it and the various types of access

Giving his take on “Open Access initiatives in India with special reference
to agriculture,” Dr Veeranjaneyulu, Librarian, Acharya NG Ranga
Agricultural University (ANGRAU), made a presentation on the Indian
perspective of open access, citing the various initiatives by the National
Agricultural Research Systems.

The event was organized by the Knowledge Sharing and Innovation (KSI) Team
and coordinated by Mr Chukka Srinivasarao, Senior Manager, Data
Management and Mr Siva Shankar, Library Officer.
 Dr CLL Gowda inaugurating the Open Access Booth. *Photo: PS Rao, ICRISAT*

ICRISAT has been promoting open access repositories for:

Publications – Open Access Respository – ( http://oar.icrisat.org )

Data Dataverse –
( http://dataverse.icrisat.org/dvn )

Educational Repositories KSIConnect – ( http://ksiconnect.icrisat.org )

AgED Open Courseware –
( http://www.aged.icrisat.org )

A central access point to all ICRISAT scientific information and data –
( http://EXPLOREit.icrisat.org )
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