Research4Life: Developing World Access to Leading Research
A SCOPA Forum
Thursday March 1st
Sterling Memorial Library lecture Hall, 2pm
Research4Life (R4L) is the collective name for four programs that provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. HINARI, launched in 2002, is coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and focuses on biomedical and related social sciences; AGORA (Access to Global Online Research on Agriculture), launched in 2003 and managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concentrates on literature on agricultural sciences; OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment), launched in 2006 and managed by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), provides access to literature on environmental and related social sciences; and ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation), added in 2011 and coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), aims at increasing the availability of scientific and technical information.
Focusing primarily on HINARI and OARE, Elizabeth Beaudin (Manager, International Digital Programs), Daniel Dollar (Director of Collection Development), and Graziano Krätli (International Digital Programs Librarian), who have been variously involved with both programs since their inception, will provide an overview of the R4L initiative, its main programmatic goals, objectives, and outcomes, and the Library’s unique contribution to the implementation, growth and success of this important partnership.
Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.