The idea developed by Mr. McLuhan, in the late sixties, that the world would become a sort of "global village" is a myth. Even if the
idea may seem attractive, it is clear that the globalization of communication
remains the prerogative of the North and part of the world, in this case the Third World, is still excluded from the process.
For proof, at the G7 conference in Brussels in February 1995, Thabo Mbeki, then deputy
president of South Africa
stated that "more than half of mankind has never dialled a phone [and]
there are more telephones in Manhattan
than in all SSA. As a medical student doing his thesis on the topic of the
research of medical information on internet by health professionals, I have had
several opportunities to see how difficult it is to get good quality information.
That’s how I discovered OA and the opportunity it represent for developing
countries. In spite of that the OA movement is almost unknown here. So I gathered
some of my classmates to help me celebrate the OAW 2010.In the framework of this
event we decided to conduct a survey among doctors and medical students of the faculty
of medicine, pharmacy and odonto-stomatology of the University
of Bamako in Mali in order
to assess their knowledge and skills to use the OA resources. That will allow us
to best plan the OAW activities and to give to the event a greatest visibility.
The aim is to create greater understanding of OA and also to fully profit from
opportunities provided by OA.

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Comment by Lassina DIALLO on August 28, 2010 at 9:23am
Hi Iryna, Hi Hélène,
I've been on the EIFL website and I viewed all the presentations.Definitely it was a very interesting event though I didn't attend to it. I think there must be more events like that in order to create more awareness of OA in our countries. I already know Abdramane ANNE and we worked together on some other project and he will be associated to the activities we're planning to organize for this year OA week.
Thanks to both of you.
Comment by Iryna Kuchma on August 27, 2010 at 11:19am
Hi, Lassina DIALLO and Hélène! EIFL partner in Mali is Consortium Malien des bibliothèques (Combi): http://combimali.wordpress.com; coordinated by the bibliothèques à la Faculté de Médecine, Université de Bamako. I recommend you to get in touch with Abdrahamane ANNE, Faculte de Medecine, de Pharmacie et d'Odontostomologie, aanabdaa[@]yahoo.fr. He is now involved in organizing a workshop with the Mali Medical about E-publishing during the last week of September. Topics such as Open Access, Creative Commons, Copyright will be covered. I am sure he would be interested to organize something together with you and your colleagues during OA week.
Comment by Hélène Bosc on August 27, 2010 at 8:53am
Hi, Lassina,
Do you know the eIFL ?
eIFL? It could be very usefull for you.
May I suggest you to have also a look at the OA workshop which was held in Dakar, in February 2010
http://www.eifl.net/cps/sections/services/eifl-oa/training/2010-sen....
It is in French, and I presume that you read French.
I am ready to help more.
Keeping in touch

Hélène Bosc

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