BioMed Central’s Open Repository partners with Oxfam

On Wednesday Oxfam, a global movement of people working with others to overcome poverty and suffering, adopted Open Repository’s enhanced DSpace hosted solution.

Oxfam Policy & Practice is a new resource for the humanitarian and development community. Their website provides an insight into Oxfam’s development and humanitarian policy, practice, and research.

When Oxfam began the project, they realized there was no single, secure deposit location for their digital assets on poverty and suffering worldwide. Hence, they decided to implement a repository that could store their digital assets in multiple formats, have simple search and deposit functions to suit users with no background in repository use, and therefore enable Oxfam to showcase their large and ever evolving output of research, program learning and policy information to a global audience.

By partnering with BioMed Central’s Open Repository, the Oxfam iLibrary now has a repository where they can share their knowledge externally easily and quickly through the website. The publications section allows free access to over 3,000 advocacy, training, and research publications from Oxfam and its partners worldwide.

To learn more about why Oxfam chose a repository and how it was implemented, read their case study.

To see and search the new Oxfam website of resources, visit to the Oxfam Policy and Practice website.

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John Willinsky, Stanford University, University of British Columbia

John Willinsky, Stanford University, University of British Columbia spoke at the new school. His talk is titled, “Does What We Know Belong To All? The Intellectual Property Principles”

The introduction was by Dean David Scobey, The New School for Public Engagement

The New School is a legendary progressive university comprising schools bound by a common, unusual intent: to prepare and inspire its 10,510 undergraduate and graduate students to bring actual, positive change to the world. (

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Re-imagining Research Relationships – Co-creating Knowledge in a Democratic Society

5th Living Knowledge Conference logoThe 5th Living Knowledge conference will be held in Gustav-Stresemann-Institut Bonn 10-12 May 2012

“This conference will provide an opportunity for policy makers, academics and civil society organisations to consider current practice and future opportunities in the field of research partnerships.

The 5th Living Knowledge Conference will set its focus on different themes to get more insight in processes, and develop specific policy recommendations that resonate with public concerns and articulated research needs and built on the experience and know-how of the previous LK conferences in Leuven, Seville, Paris and Belfast. It will be an opportunity to bring together some of the key thinkers and practitioners in the area of community based research, university/community partnerships and Science Shops and aims at providing options and opportunities for collaborations and ensuring that this area of work is prioritised on policy agendas both nationally and internationally.

The conference will also be a platform to exchange and discuss findings and results of the first half of the PERARES project. PERARES (Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society) is a project which has been awarded financial support by the European Commission as coordination action in the 7th Framework Programme for broarder engagement on science-related questions and structuring public engagement in research.”

I hope to be at this one!

UCEC 2012

The University-Community Engagement Conference 2012 takes place from 9-12 January in Chiang Mai, Thailand. From their website:

Universities in the 21st century are at an important crossroad. With a projected student population of 200 million by 2030, universities do have the potential of making a difference to local and global concerns. While universities have to produce graduates who have skills to operate effectively in a globally competitive environment, it is also widely recognized that its fundamental challenge is to provide an ethical knowledge base responsive to societal needs, and contribute to the common wealth (not just financial or economic wealth) and well-being of its entire people. Indeed the complexities of our unsustainable societies can present new opportunities (as well as challenges) for universities to reclaim their relevance and responsibility to society.


To deepen critical discourse on empowerment role of universities and their knowledge creation practice;
To explore methods, strategies and experiences used in mutual social engagement and partnership among different sectors;
To strengthen the capacity of universities in the process of social reform for social justice and sustainable development;
To enhance networking, and the sharing of experiences among educators, communities as well as social development practitioners and to show best-practice cases of university-community engagement of various types.

The keynote speaker will be The Venerable Dhammanandha Bhikuni.

Read more here.

Noam Chomsky spoke at UTSC on Academic Freedom and the Corporatization of Universities.

Noam Chomsky speaks at U Toronto Sc
On April 6, 2011, Noam Chomsky spoke at UTSC on Academic Freedom and the Corporatization of Universities.

Noam Chomsky is one of America’s leading scholars and intellectuals. A prolific author, lecturer, and activist, Chomsky is currently an Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His talk ought to be interesting to anyone interested in Open Access. The conflict between the Corporatization of Universities and those who value community engagement and Open Access to scholarship is striking and not to be ignored.

Did you know he is the most cited living scholar?

Watch it on Youtube here.