Digital knowledge resources in developing countries

Activities in previous years

Activities in 2008:
The first steering committee meeting took place on 28-29 May 2008 in Shanghai. Two task groups were established: one on Promoting digital networks and infrastructure for research and education in developing countries; and one on Promoting access to and use of digital knowledge resources in developing countries.

The detailed meeting report and list of participants can be downloaded here. For more information, contact:

Previous Activities:
- The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) carried out a survey among IAP members in September 2007 concerning information about academy communication technologies and online information-access policies. For information about the survey, contact:

- Report of the Dakar Workshop "Promoting Access and Capacity Building for Scientific Information Resources and ICT Infrastructure for Research and Education in Developing Countries" has been published and is available HERE with live links.

- The US National Academy of Sciences and the Senegalese Academy for Science and Technology co-organized an international IAP workshop on Promoting Access and Capacity Building for Scientific Information Resources and ICT Infrastructure for Research and Education in Developing Countries. This workshop, which was held in Dakar, Senegal on 30-31 January 2006, brought together approximately 70 participants, including IAP members, representatives of public and private donor organizations, and informatics experts to: (a) share information about other similar initiatives in this area that are being developed by intergovernmental, nongovernmental, and private-sector organizations; (b) provide focused briefings on proposals for specific actions and new partnerships with IAP; (c) identify and discuss projects that sponsors might be willing to fund; and (d) agree on a specific agenda for action for IAP and next steps in this critical area.

The meeting specifically built upon the results of the November 2005 United Nations World Summit on the Information Society and on other relevant initiatives leading up to that Summit. A number of new projects and partnerships were discussed and a report summarizing the results of this meeting will soon be published by the IAP and disseminated through its Web site later this summer. A smaller follow-up meeting is planned to be held in Beijing in October. For more information, contact:

- 30-31 January 2006: Workshop on improving access to scientific information resources, sponsored by the Senegalese Academy of Sciences in collaboration with US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Dakar, Senegal. For information, contact:

- At the 18 November 2004 IAP Planning Meeting for the Access to Scientific Information/Digital Divide Initiative, participants heard from representatives of international scientific organizations about the importance of the engagement of the scientific community in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to their governments. One of the recommendations from this planning meeting was that the IAP should assist its member Academies to convey to their governments the central role of science in WSIS principles and actions. To provide that assistance to its member Academies, the IAP produced a WSIS Science and Development Tool Kit, which contains a description of and web links to science-related information from the first phase of WSIS, as well as useful information for the second WSIS meeting in Tunis in November 2005.

To download the complete "tool kit", click here (pdf file).