Open Access Week celebrated
The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities was signed by three South African universities during Open Access Week. This Declaration is an international statement on knowledge on open access. It emerged in 2003 from a conference on open access hosted in Berlin by the Max Planck Society. Organisations who share the vision of Open Access to Knowledge expressed in the Declaration are invited to sign the Declaration, committing their organisations to the promotion of Open Access to Knowledge. In November 2011, 344 organisations had signed the Declaration internationally. In South Africa the University of Pretoria, the University the Free State and the University of Stellenbosch signed the Declaration. The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities was signed by Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State and an ASSAf Member
Susan Veldsman, the Director of Scholarly Publishing at ASSAf, was invited to speak on Open Access at the Open Access Week events held at the University of the Free State (24 October), the University of South Africa (25 October) and the University of Pretoria (27 October).