Publish what you find….

Information needs to be timely, accessible, comparable and comprehensive.

Aid is a precious resource, but to get the most out of it we need more and better aid information. Working with organisations from around the world, “Publish what you find” calls on donors to publish what they fund.

Focused as the Global Campaign for Aid Transparency, the Publish What You Fund, group has four guiding principles:

  1. Information on aid should be published proactively – a donor agency or organisation should tell people what they are doing, for whom, when, and how.
  2. Information on aid should be comprehensive, timely, accessible and comparable – the information should be provided in a format that is useful and meaningful.
  3. Everyone can request and receive information on aid processes – ensure everyone is able to access the information as and when they wish.
  4. The right of access to information about aid should be promoted – donor organisation should actively promote this right.

  5. In collaboration with freedom of information, governance integrity and aid effectiveness organisations, these principles were designed to be applied by all public and private bodies engaged in the funding and delivery of aid, including donors, NGOs and contractors.

Read more about Publish What You Fund and about the issues here

Demanding taxpayer access to taxpayer-funded research

Between May 10 and July 13, more than 2000 Canadian individuals and organizations registered to share their ideas and submissions. Canadian Open Access advocates Heather Morrison, and others, participated in public consultation period about Canada’s digital l economy by posting a letter on the government website. The executive summary reads:

“We recommend that Canada develop a policy requiring open access to federally funded Canadian scholarship,
i.e. research funded by the research granting councils CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC, and NRC. This policy would ensure taxpayer access to taxpayer-funded research, maximum impact of taxpayer-funded research, bring Canadian policy into line with international policy developments, and appropriately secure a place for Canada as a leader in this area. Please note that this is an update of an earlier submission, reflecting additional signatures. ”

Go to the page and read the letter here.