Open Access in Brazil: IBICT's Initiative drives country's development

Ramón Martins Sodoma da Fonseca

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This paper describes the initiatives of the Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (Ibict), a Brazilian government research institute, in promoting Open Access to Scholarly Information. Since the implementation of the Brazilian National Library of Theses and Dissertations (BDTD), which was the first implementation of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), the actions of the Institute have expanded in an exponential rate, involving scholarly journals, hosting and providing nationwide support to journals using Open Journal Systems, institutional repositories using DSpace and many more. Each action will be shortly described, with its goals, issues and recommendations, which may assist other institutions to follow the Open Access Road as a means to provide greater and faster visibility to scientific production.


Open Acces to Scholarly Information; IBICT; Brazil; open access initiatives; open source; Open Journal Systems, OJS, Dspace; OAI-PMH; metadata harvesting