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UNESCO and Others Launch Redesigned Global Open Access Portal

UNESCO shares the following information about the new Global Open Access Portal (GOAP): allows users to browse dynamic Open Access contents via both a text-based search and a map-enabled country search option. Building on an earlier version, the new Portal includes Open Access profiles of 166 countries and highlights existing key Open Access initiatives, mandates, events and publications.

Additionally, incorporates dynamic content sourced from publicly available information and provides workflows to facilitate the publishing of non-commercial journals. gathers important resources such as open journals, repositories, articles and FAQs for trending subject domains such as Covid-19, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Another feature included is the incorporation of Open Educational Resources on Open Access, which provides learning resources for researchers and librarians responsible for facilitating and benefiting from the use of Open Access resources. … is a collaborative effort of UNESCO, Redalyc, Indian Statistical Institute and AmeliCA. It was redeveloped under the guidance of a multi-stakeholder advisory committee. While Redalyc and AmeliCA curated the user interface and integrated a non-commercial open access publishing workflow in the portal, the Indian Statistical Institute developed the backend architecture and updated country-level information. …

The portal is intended to be evolutive and the steering committee will convene at regular [intervals] to discuss collected feedbacks and define new targets and priorities. In addition, the machine harvesting and collating functions coded into the current version of the portal will be replicated and scaled up.

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