Having a face to face conference to discuss views on OA is a good idea taking Africa, into consideration. The conference should normally be held in Africa and not in Europe or North America. Last week I attended an international conference in Europe and the organizers of the conference did not stop celebrating participants from Africa, which was great. The only problem is that there were only two yes two registered participants from Africa. How can we (non African scientists) discuss the issues of Africa access to knowledge in the absence of African researchers, information specialists and policy makers?
Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI
President of the eHealth Development Association of Jordan,
Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth,
P.O. Box 542006
Mobile +962 799391604
Tel. +962 (6) 5240273
HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.
Email: shorbajin AT gmail.com