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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mexico's statement to support OA

Just last week, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto announced via his official webpage the enactment of reforms to several federal law frameworks concerning science, technology and education that will allegedly “insert Mexico into the Information and Knowledge Society”.
The legislation changes, he claimed, would:
• Give access to Mexicans open access to the scientific and academic production that is financed trough public money
. • Allow online deposit of large amounts of “knowledge, research and data” without financial or legal barriers for anyone.
• Lead to the creation of a national Open Access repository in which “quality and socio-cultural interest” of the material could be guaranteed.

 The announcement ended with a tweet by Peña Nieto: “With Open Access to scientific research, we advance to be a case of global success, and therefore, worldwide leaders.” Public opinion on the matter has been quite positive, particularly in a country where science is, at the very best, a matter of marginal public and government interest. 
Lots of background info and thoughts in the article:

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