Diversifying knowledge access base Extending public access to knowledge Opening public domain of knowledge Opening corporate wisdom Ensuring critical knowledge access
Under a pilot project launched in April 1997 by the World Bank, 10 universities in six nations will be connected through the African Virtual University (a computer link via satellite) to universities in Europe and the USA. The project's main objective is to tap new information technologies to overcome the many financial and physical barriers that prevent students at African colleges from gaining access to quality higher education. Participating universities in the USA and Ireland will provide packaged academic programmes, particularly in science, engineering and business.
1. The public domain and non-commercial software plays an important role in public and commercial life. The Internet is built upon public and open protocols and uses a wide range of free software programs. Free software operating systems such as Linux and xBSD are important alternatives to more monopolistic server technologies. Databases of government information provide an important new foundation for civic democracy in the information society.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.