Open Access to Knowledge during Public Health Emergencies
Chuang Tyng-ruey｜Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica
The COVID-19 crisis has reshaped social norms and revealed global institutional shortcomings, creating fertile ground for structural changes. This paper investigates access to public health information, disease statistics, and research datasets, emphasizing the efforts of individuals, communities, and non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the pursuit of open access to knowledge. In addition, it examines scholarly publication, digital lending, and content repositories among universities, research institutes, and NPOs, especially in relation to public access to scientific knowledge. This paper also highlights the importance of research data facilities and mutual data sharing, as well as the critical role of research institutions in digital repository stewardship. Finally, it considers Academia Sinica's facilitation of public knowledge access.