The April-June 2009 issue Rice Today contains a great article about rice science in the digital age.
The story essentially introduces some of the pathways used by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to maximise the accessibility of its research outputs.
These include adoption of a creative commons licence and publishing on several platforms – Google Books, Flickr, and YouTube. A presentation by IRRI’s Gene Hettel ‘Adopting and Utilizing Creative Commons to Facilitate the Dissemination of Rice Knowledge and Technology’, available on slideshare gives a vivid insight into IRRI’s approach to licensing and shows examples from the different platforms.
Congratulations to our colleagues in IRRI for moving forward the agenda of putting research in the hands of those who need it most!
Thanks to Peter Ballantyne for bringing this article to my attention