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Cronologia das ações do Acesso Livre no Brasil

Tomo a liberdade de reproduzir neste blog, um pequeno texto escrito pela Profa. Sely Costa, do Departamento de Ciência da Informação e Documentação da UnB, encaminhado ao outros blogs. Devido a exigüidade do meu tempo, não fiz a tradução. Segue o texto:

The Open Access Movement in Brazil

The open access movement in Brazil, as everywhere else, has constituted a challenging cause to embrace. Both Ibict and Scielo have been involved with the movement, taking the lead of most of the initiatives in the country.

Declarations to support OA

From 2005 on, a number of declarations have been issued in Brazil, undersigned by either individuals or civil society entities, by means of their representatives.There are, so far, at least four major declarations issued in Brazil, following the Berlim Declaration. One has been issued by Ibict at the 57th Annual Meeting of SBPC ( The other three have been issued by a Psychology Learned Society (, the participants of an international conference in health sciences ( and a group of researchers from the state of São Paulo (

Events to promote OA

It is interesting to note that over the last three years, a number of events that have taken place in Brazil include OA in their programme. All three last annual meetings (57th, 58th and 59th) of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC) had a special session on OA (see  and Proceedings of the 59th meeting, when Stevan Harnad and Brazilians leaders of the movement participated in a special session will be available soon.It has also been the case of annual meetings of learned societies in areas like information science (, health sciences (, communication science ( and psychology ( April 2006, the First Cipecc – Ibero American Conference in Electronic Publishing in the context of Scholarly Communication ( ran very successfully in Brasilia, with participants from 6 countries (Mexico, Chile, Portugal, Spain, Brazil and Canada), and 13 Brazilian states, spanning from the North to the South of the country and totaling101 delegates. It offered a unique opportunity to make open access, institutional repositories and other topics known and discussed by people from Ibero-America as a whole and Brazil in particular. The conference website contains all papers and presentations given, as well as some photos.

In November 2006, a group of researchers from Brazil, along with researchers and librarians from Portugal, as well as a librarian from Mozambique held a meeting at the University of Minho, in Portugal, to discuss opens access movement in Portuguese speaking countries (see ( From this meeting, the Minho Commitment has resulted as an important document to this community (see As a follow-up of that, a seminar in Open Access Seminar to the Scientific Knowledge in Portuguese Speaking Countries on November 13th  ( is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, as part of a Brazil/United Nations meeting ( Experts, researches, librarians and government representatives will be discussing the theme. Representatives of 8 Portuguese speaking countries are expected to sign up the Rio de Janeiro Protocol, which establishes the aims of the commitment amongst them. Notices of that will be delivered soon after the meeting at Dr. Kuramoto’s blog ( and at the Open Access in Portuguese Speaking Countries web page (, a site dedicated to the topic for this community.

Steps to implement OA initiatives

One of the most exciting and promising recent Brazilian initiatives was the meeting held at the University of Brasilia (UnB), as a joint work by Ibict and the university. The purpose of the meeting was to establish the foundations of a Brazilian movement for Open Access to scientific and scholarly publications: the Brazilian Open Access Task Force. Such initiative aimed to establish, at the universities and research institutions in Brazil, institutional

repositories, mandate policies and the OASIS.Br (, a central service to both repositories and e-journals published in the country. The University of Brasilia is positioning itself as a pioneer, with the unprecedented support of its rector, Professor Timothy Martin Mulholland. Clearly, much of this movement is now considered the way of the future for scientific publication and the ambition is to spread this message across Brazil.

Publications to disseminate OA

A growing number of articles have been published on open access and the open archives initiatives in Brazilian scholarly journals. Early articles, such as those from Sena and Triska; Café mostly describe open archives initiatives. A special issue of Ciência da Informação, published by Ibict in 2006 (à_Informação:_aspectos_socioculturais ), is entirely dedicated to the subject, with articles from Kuramoto, Southwick, Sinay; Michelson, and Rosales, Bauste, Guzmán and Bianco reporting ongoing projects in Latin America countries. A new ‘open philosophy’ and a new model for scholarly publishing was the subject of Costa. Mueller discusses the degree of acceptance related to the level of legitimacy in which open access publications are held. Finally, Schirmbacher, from the Humboldt University at Berlin, describes some actual changes that are taking place in communication processes, in services department held by research institutions, libraries and computer centers. Another recent article from Baptista, Costa, Kuramoto and Rodrigues was published in a special issue of Encontros Bibli, published by the Post-Graduate Programme in Information Science at the University of Santa Catarina and also dedicated to OA (

Courses to teach OA

In a very recent experience, OA is being taught in a special seminar (, as part of the Post-Graduate Programme in Information Science at the University of Brasilia. The seminar is part of the activities of the research group in electronic publications, named moitarah and leaded by professor Sely Costa ( The seminar counts with the collaboration of specialists like Stevan Harnad, Peter Suber, Leslie Chan and John Willinsky, who have provided suggestions on both the content of the seminar and readings for the students. Besides studying the topic, students are working in a book to be published. The specialists are also expected to contribute with a chapter to the book, and some of them should participate in the next event n OA, to be held at the University of Brasilia, in April 9-11, 2008. The OA Brazilian book shall be launched during the event, and openly distributed on the Internet. News about April’s meeting will be available soon at moitarah blog and, later on, on its own web page. 

Note: a number of the URL’s informed are from sites or blogs still under construction.


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3 Comentários »

  1. This is why I read Killer posts.

    Comentário por Felix | março 10, 2010 | Responder

  2. Great stuff. kicks ass.

    Comentário por Jeff | março 11, 2010 | Responder

  3. Incredible. deerves an oscar.

    Comentário por Pearlie | março 14, 2010 | Responder

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