The World Bank is adopting an Open Access Policy on 1 July 2012, which applies to work carried out by Bank staff members and outside research funded by the Bank. The aim of the policy is to support ‘the free online communication and exchange of knowledge as the most effective way of ensuring that the fruits of research, economic and sector work, and development practice are made widely available, read, and built upon’.

The policy will require that all research outputs published by the Bank be licensed under CC BY as a default. For work created by Bank staff, the policy covers manuscripts and all accompanying data sets.  These OA publications will be made available through the Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository.

What makes these moves so significant? How can open access contribute to the goal of eliminating poverty? How does it impact Bank’s researchers and authors? How will the OKR benefit users of Bank knowledge, in particular those in developing countries?

World Bank will be hosting an event in Washington DC on Monday 21 May to discuss these questions. The event will be livestreamed in English, Spanish and French, and features:

  • Peter Suber | Director of the Harvard Open Access Project and a leading voice in the open access movement
  • Michael Carroll | American University law professor and founding board member of Creative Commons
  • Cyril Muller | Vice President for External Affairs at the World Bank
  • Adam Wagstaff | Research Manager of the World Bank’s Development Research Group.

See World Bank Live for more details.