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Digital publishing and the new era of digital divide

By Allam Ahmed

Abstract

The scarcity of literature in educational institutions is a serious problem in different parts of the world, particularly in developing countries where there is a real need for better access to information. It is vitally important that the technological gap between developing and developed countries is narrowed, and scientific journals have a key role to play in ensuring that this takes place. This paper aims to assess and evaluate Digital Publishing (Open Access Publishing and Open Source Models) as a proposed solution to avoid restrictions on accessing scientific knowledge, particularly in the developing countries. More importantly, the paper outlines opportunities and challenges of open-access publishing for the developing countries. However, oftentimes there are mismatches between what the ‘donor’ countries can reasonably offer and what the developing countries can implement

Topics: BA. Use and impact of information., E. Publishing and legal issues., I. Information treatment for information services
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1504/ijlic.2005.008096
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.rclis.org:28605
Provided by: E-LIS

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