Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development


Coords: Pablo Ortellado, Jorge Machado, Gisele Craveiro


This research project seeks to assess the role of copyrights in restricting access to publicly funded scientific knowledge in Brazil. The research will analyze the production of scientific journals, scientific books, text books and software in an attempt to map copyright policies, funding sources and the positions taken by the various actors in the journal, book and software production chain.

The hypothesis to be tested is that most of the scientific production protected by copyrights is financed with public funding and does not adopt a policy of open access. Thus, the public pays twice for scientific knowledge: it pays to produce it in universities, research institutions and public funding agencies; and it pays to have access thereto when buying journals, books and software.

This study will be executed by the Research Group on Public Policies of Access to Information at the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Humanities of the University of São Paulo. This interdisciplinary group, comprised of young professors at the most important Brazilian university seeks to produce works that encompasses theoretical and empirical research, which contributes to public access to information and knowledge.

  • The Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries, of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN G@ID
  • U.S. National Committee for CODATA
  • Brazilian National Committee for CODATA.
  • CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries