Sharing the future of open access | Voices
On October 26, as part of the World Bank’s celebration of the 10th International Open Access week, I moderated a panel discussion on behalf of the Bank and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Experts shared their experiences, success stories, and identified remaining challenges in advancing Open Access. External participants and Bank Group staff were invited to the event, which was also live-streamed and recorded. 

In his welcome message, Denis Robitaille, Vice President and WBG Chief Information Officer, Information and Technology Solutions, indicated that “the Bank uses different policies and tools to promote Open Access,” and highlighted several initiatives, including the Open Archives and the 5th anniversary of the Open Knowledge Repository.

The discussion touched on various topics in detail, such as the inception of Open Access, academia’s role in providing up-and-coming researchers with the tools they need, and work done by the UN and the World Bank in opening their data and information to the public.

Referring to the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, Thanos Giannakopoulous, who oversees the UN’s Dag Hammarskjöld Library and its digital services, said “I’ve gone through the Sustainable Development resolution many times. It’s part of my daily life, and it should be part of all our daily lives because we can all help with the sustainable development goals. And in 8 out of 17 goals, I recognize that the need for access to information is either mentioned directly or is implied.”