Monthly Archives: October 2011

Join the debate – Open Access in higher education

With open access publishing firmly in the minds of the those shaping higher education policies, join BioMed Central’s Managing Director Matthew Cockerill in a live debate on Friday 28th October from 12-2pm GMT on The Guardian website. Coinciding with Open Access Week, this sure to be lively debate is not to be missed! The discussion… Read more »


A platform providing funding opportunities to researchers

Guest post from Deborah-Fay Ndlovu, a senior journalist for Research Africa. Research Professional Africa is a subscriber-based database with over 5,000 funding opportunities to enable sustained African academic development. Research Africa, which is based in Cape Town, South Africa, began in 2006 as a collaborative initiative between Research Ltd (UK), the Southern African Research and Innovation… Read more »

Developing World Publishing

Journal of Biomedical Semantics at BioHackathon 2011

Guest blog post by Mark Wilkinson and Philippe Rocca-Serra   Following in the footsteps of the original Open-Bio Foundation’s “BioHackathons”, the Japanese Database Centre for Life Sciences (DBCLS) initiated a series of BioHackathons beginning in 2008. These yearly events provide an opportunity for open-source bioinformatics code projects to come together with the goal of sharing ideas… Read more »


Closing the digital divide

Rachel Astall, Corporate and Events Officer Computer Aid International, explains the importance of IT development in the developing world.  Millions of people have never even seen a computer, let alone used one. The digital divide that exists between these people and those of us who sit down with the world (at the World Wide Web!)… Read more »

Developing World Open Access Publishing