In July, in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN World Information Property Organization launched the “Access to Research for Development and Innovation” or aRDi initiative. Participating in the program along with other publishers, Elsevier is providing the content from 28 journals. Eventually aRDi will offer 150 journals made available by STM publishers.
aRDi aims to raise the level of information in the patent offices of developing countries so patent applications can be searched and validated. The programismodeled after the successful Research4Life initiatives (HINARI, AGORA and OARE) also sponsored under the UN.
At the outset, 50 developing countries are eligible for aRDi and plans are to extend it to another 57 countries at a small fee. All revenue is returned to the program for training and support, as is the case for the Research4Life initiatives. aRDi is running at least for the time span of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (until 2015).
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