Bringing together leading international experts and key regional stakeholders, the Forum for Open Research in MENA (F.O.R.M.) was endorsed by UNESCO and ALECSO, and supported the advancement of Open Research across the Middle East and North Africa by facilitating the exchange of actionable insights and the development of practical policies.
The movement towards Open Science is vitally important to ensure the long-term sustainability and inclusivity of our education systems and scholarly communities. However, Open Science is also a complex and multi-faceted concept, and it can be difficult to know how and where to start. The problem is further compounded by the negative publicity surrounding predatory publishing practices and the mistrust of Open Access which this has engendered, together with issues surrounding funding allocation and the disparity in subject-field approaches.
Providing a forum for librarians, researchers, government policy makers, universities and international experts to discuss and debate key themes and issues, F.O.R.M. helped to address these issues and support the advancement of Open Research across the region.
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