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UWC has signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access

The University of the Western Cape signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities on 23 October 2013, during International Open Access Week.  UWC is the 12th South African institution to become a signatory. Currently there are 581 signatories world-wide.

By signing the Berlin Declaration, UWC demonstrated commitment to making its publically funded research freely available and accessible to all on the internet. Professor Brian O’Connell, who signed the Berlin Declaration on behalf of the university, said that disseminating knowledge is only half complete if the information is not widely available to society.  The new possibility of knowledge dissemination through open access has to be supported.

Dean of Science Prof. Michael Davies-Coleman (left) and UWC Library Director Pateka Matshaya (right) witness the signing of the Berlin Declaration to Open Access by UWC Rector, Prof. Brian O'Connell, and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Advocate Tshililo Michael Masutha


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