The development of Open Access does has influenced not only universities but significantly other private and public institutions as well. Quite recently I have written here about special OA policy introduced by UNESCO, which only just published its guideline in French and Spanish. Today I would like to write few lines about the World Bank.
The World Bank is a well-known international institution, which last year (remarkably attuned to the current trend) decided to adopt its own Open Access policy. In April 2012 WB launched a new project: Open Knowledge Repository in which makes its reports and books fully available to the public. Most of content is published under CC BY so it can be re-used and freely downloaded.
Newly, the World Bank announced that since the launch the repository has grown to more than 10 000 research works!
This impressive number is a great news which highlights once again, that Open Access is on the move and spreading very fast. On the other hand it proves that the adoption of OA in WB has been a smashing success. But above all – Open Knowledge Repository offers anyone the chance to get familiar with reports of the World Bank, which can and indeed does benefit not only researchers but also journalists and members of the general public who are interested in topics raised by World Bank.
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