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Open to the future - Open Access Week (OAW)

October 18, 2014

The 8th edition of the international Open Access Week (OAW) will take place from 20th to 26th October. Hundreds of presentations, discussions, conferences, seminars are organised all over the world focussing on the young people and their use of data and research in an open environment. A very good opportunity for CTA, who just published its strategy for the youth, to mobilise its partners and ACP stakeholders in agriculture.

Looking forward to the week ahead:

Monday: 20 October 2014, 3 pm EDT

Open Access Week kicks off with live streamed launching at the World Bank in Washington;

Tuesday: 21 October 2014

Follow-up of the hackathon facilitated by CTA ARDIS Project in Suriname in September. Thirty-eight participants divided into 7 teams had 24 hours to develop applications for agriculture, encouraged to use open data sources. The winners created "Agrikari", an application that enables farmers to bring their products directly to the buyers and exchange information on agriculture.

Wednesday: 22 October 2014

CTA contributes to the planning of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) first expo. GODAN seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available and usable for unrestricted use worldwide. CTA hopes this event will be another opportunity to use open data, more particularly on agriculture.

Thursday: 23 October 2014

CTA opens to open data... transferring its archives to CGspace, the CGIAR open repository. This repository of agricultural research outputs and results produced by different parts of CGIAR and partners already proposes more than 23,752 open access reports, articles, press releases, presentations, videos, policy briefs and more.

Friday: 24 October 2014

CTA joins the List of Lyon Declaration on Access to information and Development signatories, calling upon the United Nations Member States to "make an international commitment to use the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies".

Saturday: 25 October 2014

More than 1,500 people will visit CTA websites and liveportals. Meanwhile, CTA older websites and web archives come online this week on the Archive-it website, the leading web archiving service for collecting and accessing cultural heritage on the web.

Sunday: 26 October 2014

Users working in agricultural organisations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific request free publications using CTA vouchers from have access to the minority of publications in CTA catalogue that are not open access because they are co-edited with partners.