14.0459 call by ScienceWeek for intellectual aid to developing countries

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 459.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
             Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2000 08:38:21 +0000
             From: Lloyd Davidson <Ldavids@NORTHWESTERN.EDU>
             Subject: A call by ScienceWeek for free subs of science journals 
    to developing countries
    A note from ScienceWeek, one of my favorite publications.  At $20/year this
    is a very worthwhile publication to support.
    If you would like to participate in the request outlined below, please
    forward this letter to others, and especially to any editors of scientific
    journals with whom you may have contact. Much thanks for your help.
    A Call to Scientific Journals to Assist Developing Countries
    One of the important barriers slowing advances in developing countries
    around the world is difficulty of access to scientific information for use
    in research and education. This is a call upon all science journals with
    online editions to join in an effort to increase the dissemination of
    scientific information and improve science education in the developing
    world. Although many scientific societies do engage in international
    efforts to improve science education and disseminate information, there is
    no substitute for access to scientific journals, and making the electronic
    editions of such journals available free to residents in developing
    countries can provide a substantial contribution to the future health and
    prosperity of these nations.
    An immediately realizable policy is to offer free online subscriptions to
    residents of developing countries. For an example of such a policy already
    in action via the online journal ScienceWeek, and a working definition of
    "developing country", see http://www.scienceweek.com/freesub.htm
    A policy identical or similar to the above can easily be instituted by any
    online journal, and the consequence will be a significant improvement in
    the access of working scientists and science educators in developing
    countries to scientific information. Such free access will surely benefit
    developing countries, the international science community, and the entire
    If you would like to participate in this effort, we urge you to forward
    this letter to the members of your particular professional community.
    Dan Agin
    Lloyd A. Davidson, Ph. D.
    Life Sciences Bibliographer and Head, Access Services
    Northwestern University
    Seeley G. Mudd Library for Science and Engineering
    2233 N. Campus Drive
    Evanston, IL  60208
    LDavids@northwestern.edu  847-491-2906   847-556-0436 (fax)

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