Why Open Access is Right for the World Bank


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Why Open Access is Right for the World Bank Carlos Rossel, Publisher, The World Bank Publishing Officers Inter-Agency Meeting October 9, 2012


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Why Open Access is Right for the World Bank It wasn’t always so It’s Mission Driven It’s Cutting Edge It makes us Relevant It makes us Open It makes us Accountable It makes us Results Driven It Works


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It Wasn’t Always So “The Bank needs to exploit the commercial potential of its publications while pursuing cost effectiveness in reaching targeted audiences.” – Publisher’s Job Description, January 2008


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World Bank Mission Statement Our Dream is a World Free of Poverty To fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results To help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sector


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“We need to do development differently” Robert Zoellick, President, The World Bank Group New Direction: Democratizing Development We need to throw open the doors, recognizing that others can find and create their own solutions. And this open research revolution is underway. We need to recognize that development knowledge is no longer the sole province of the researcher, the scholar, or the ivory tower. The aim is to open the treasure chest of the World Bank’s data and knowledge to every village health care worker, every researcher, everyone. Georgetown University, September 2010


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Old Age Security Early Childhood Education Conflict & Failed States Health Gender Equity Jobs Climate Change Investment Climate


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Old Age Security Early Childhood Education Conflict & Failed States Health Gender Equity Jobs Climate Change Investment Climate The treasure chest of World Bank knowledge


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Embracing Openness


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Four Pillars of the World Bank’s Open Agenda Access to Information “The World Bank’s Access to Information Policy is the gold standard for financial institutions…” ? Chad Dobson, Bank Information Center Moved from positive to negative list Except for small list of exceptions, 2,682 new documents and reports available Over 2 million pages viewed since July 2010


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Four Pillars of the World Bank’s Open Agenda Access to Information Open Data


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Four Pillars of the World Bank’s Open Agenda Access to Information Open Data Open Access Policy Creative Commons Licensing


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Our Conflict


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Dissemination of Print Books (Thousands)


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“Followers” on Social Media (Thousands)


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Dissemination of Print & Electronic (Millions) Same Content Different Channels


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Sustainable Open Access Publishing Content. Lots of good content Authorizing environment OA Policy / Creative Commons Licensing / Publishing Policy Client oriented Competitive Creative Entrepreneurial Luck Really good people


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The Currency of Open Access Development Impact


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Why Open Access is Right for the World Bank It’s Mission Driven It’s Cutting Edge It makes us Relevant It makes us Open It makes us Accountable It makes us Results Driven It Works


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Thank you! Carlos Rossel, Publisher, The World Bank [email protected]


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