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 unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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.