Monday, April 21, 2008


EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has recently joined forces with Hasselt University Library, Belgium, and the IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) programme of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) to develop a global Open Science Directory.

About 13000 scientific journals are now available in the 'Open Science Directory'. When all the special program journals will be included, the Open Science Directory will contain more than 20000 titles.

Read more about the UNESCO Initiative!

Editors comment: This initiative is illustrative of a fact about UNESCO, It is often difficult to discover important initiatives carried out under UNESCO's sponsorship. The IODE is a decentralized program of the IOC, which has its own governance body, and thus the Open Science Directory, which was created with two cooperating agencies, is difficult to find from the UNESCO website. Yet an initiative which allows one to find 20,000 online journals is important for all scientists, and especially for scientists in developing nations, where printed journals are often not accessible or available. JAD

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