Via Stevan Harnad, a petition to establish a self-archiving Open Access mandate for Brazilian research:
Hélio Kuramoto of IBICT has helped to formulate a Proposed Law (introduced by Rodrigo Rollemberg, Member of Brazil’s House of Representatives) that would require all Brazil’s public institutions of higher education and research units to create OA institutional repositories and self-archive all their technical-scientific output therein.
Once established, OA does not care about national boundaries: open is open. So every institute, funding body, nation or other group that adopts an OA mandate is helping to bring worldwide 100% OA closer.
I join Stevan in congratulating Kuramoto and Rollemberg on their initiative and in urging all OA supporters to sign the petition. (I am signature #31.) Thanks again to Stevan, here is an English translation of the petition text:
To: The Brazilian Scientific Community
On May 23 of 2007, Rodrigo Rollemberg, Member of Brazil’s House of Representatives, introduced Proposed Law nº 1120/2007 concerning the dissemination of Brazil’s technical-scientific output.
This is a pioneering initiative for this country and indeed for all of Latin America. Brazil can become the first Latin American country to establish a legal mandate for the deposit and distribution of Brazil’s technical-scientific output. This Proposed Law represents a decisive and courageous step toward providing open access to Brazilian scientific research. If approved, the Law will contribute to eliminating access barriers to scientific information worldwide. In addition to being beneficial to the national economy, the Law will allow greater transparency in Brazil’s investment in its scientific research, generating quantitative metrics to guide the planning and support of science and technology.
The first article proposes that all Brazil’s public institutions of higher education, as well as all research units, should be required to establish institutional repositories in which all the technical-scientific output of their academic and researcher staff must be deposited. The intention is to ensure that this content will be made openly accessible on the Web.
The article proposes creating a High Level Committee co-ordinated by IBICT to design and direct whatever actions need to be taken to provide open access to scientific research. This Committee will have the mandate to discuss and formulate a National Policy of Open Access to Scientific Research Output.
It is incumbent on all members of the scientific community to promote open access in Brazil by fighting for the approval of Law nº 1120/2007 by the National Congress.
We hereby invite all those who support the Proposed Law to sign this petition here.