OSC Secretary-General Sheikh Manssour Bin Mussallam launched the GreSIS digital platform in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024.

OSC Launches GreSIS to Democratize Access to Knowledge

ADDIS ABABA – The Organisation of Southern Cooperation (OSC) launched a GreSIS digital platform in a bid to democratize access to knowledge across the Global South.

The OSC says the Greater South Information System (GreSIS) stands as a ground-breaking digital, open-access, and collaborative hub of academic and endogenous knowledge.

Secretary-General of the Organisation, Sheikh Manssour Bin Mussallam launched the GreSIS digital platform at the Ethiopian Science Museum on Tuesday.

The event was attended by officials from Member States of the OSC, educational institutions, development agencies, researchers, instructors, and students.

The Secretary General says “Our countries in the South need to strengthen their research capacities.”.

This is, he continues, “because as we democratize access to knowledge, we must do so with the understanding that we must also democratize the production of knowledge.”

The OSC, the first intergovernmental organization of and by the Greater South, developed the GreSIS intending to democratize access to, and the production of, knowledge in the Global South.

Per The OSC, the GreSIS serves as a tool to foster collaboration and engagement among educational institutions, researchers, instructors, students, government officials, and Indigenous people’s organizations.

The demonstration session showcased the features, capabilities, and benefits of the digital platform which currently hosts a large number of publications from diverse academic, non-academic, endogenous knowledge sources and more.

It “is expected to grow exponentially in the immediate future to cater for hundreds of thousands of publications which will be open to subscribed individuals, institutions and entities,” the developer says.

The OSC was established in Jan 2022 by countries and organizations from across the Global South at the International Summit on Balanced and Inclusive Education held in Djibouti.

It OSC acts as an instrument of intellectual, technical and financial cooperation and solidarity between its Member States as well as its Associate Members in the pursuit of a Third Way of Development – from the South, for Humanity.

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