The project includes AJOL, which is the most established, and a pilot phase in the Caribbean, called Carindex. INASP is currently conducting feasibility studies in Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh to establish online journal programs in each of those countries.
There is a shocking lack of awareness in the North and in the South about the potential of open access. It is important to raise awareness of open access and the related initiatives through conferences, workshops, and training. We should lobby for improved infrastructure, not just connectivity cables, hardware, and software, although these things are extremely important. We should highlight information access to policy makers as a priority. INASP has had some success with this in its programs in Uganda and Kenya. For example, the University of Makarere in Kampala recently doubled its bandwidth and is paying for more cabling to accommodate the information that is being made available through INASP’s PERI program.
Equally important is training for capacity building. INASP runs in-country training courses that cascade throughout the country, because they train the trainers. INASP is only one initiative; there are others. INASP is teaching general ICT and Web skills as well as electronic journals management skills to library staff and faculty. There is arguably a need for specific open-access training: building repositories and understanding the protocols, data exchange, and archiving and retrieval.
There should be focused funding for open access projects, so that the South is truly included in the process. If there is going to be an open access revolution, it should involve everyone. Funding for projects in the South and partnerships with the North would be very helpful.