The Institutions of Higher Education (IES) are committed to developing quality science in Mexico, as well as promoting its visibility at a global level and achieving a positive impact on the population, said the General Coordinator of the University for Adults, Jaime Vázquez López, during the opening of the Second Open Science Conference 2021.
Therefore, he added, it is up to the university communities to take on the challenge of collaborating to strengthen open access to publications. In the case of the Institution’s scientific production, there is a great resource: the BUAP Open Access Repository.
On behalf of the Rector Alfonso Esparza Ortiz, Jaime Vázquez López inaugurated these conferences organized by the General Directorate of Libraries of BUAP, which bring together more than 1,700 participants – librarians, academics, researchers and students – from Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica , Panama and Mexico, among other countries.
After pointing out that in recent years and during this pandemic, the science communication process has undergone a great transformation, he stated that open science – understood as the movement that seeks to open up scientific research for social benefit – is revolutionizing science. way of producing scientific knowledge, based on good collaborative practices and making it more accessible to all.
“We can affirm that open science is a means capable of articulating and making scientific, technological and innovation policies more dynamic; it encourages collaboration and provides open access to scientific knowledge ”.
When reading the message of the Rector Alfonso Esparza Ortiz, he stressed that greater access to science allows ideas and thoughts to converge in inclusive models of knowledge production, encourages dialogue between academic communities and society, fosters inter and multidisciplinary development, and it promotes democratization and the search for knowledge to solve the most pressing problems.
In his speech, Alfredo Avendaño Arenaza, BUAP’s Director General of Libraries, acknowledged the sensitivity of Rector Esparza, who during his tenure supported the library system of the Máxima Casa de Estudios in Puebla with the largest budget in history, by bringing to the University Council its proposal for budget expansion and annual labeling, approved unanimously by this governing body.
In this way, he specified, today BUAP has one of the best digital libraries in the country, having grown from 100,000 digital books to 400,000 in full version.
In his speech, he considered that one of the main policies of the University should be the strengthening of open science that promotes quality research, which gives visibility and is available to any citizen. Likewise, it translates into the generation of collaborative content and responds to social needs. In this sense, he spoke out for the construction of citizen science, within a framework of academic integrity that promotes dialogue between communities and academics.
The Second Science Conference 2021, which will take place from August 19 to 21 and will be broadcast on the Facebook of the General Directorate of Libraries of BUAP: https://www.facebook.com/bibliotecasbuap, seek to promote the culture of open science, through talks, workshops and conferences given by national and international speakers.