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Science, Open Communication and Sustainable Development

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Wilbanks, John T.; Wilbanks, Thomas J.
Journal: Sustainability
Volume: 2
Page(s): 993-1015
Date: 2010
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6623
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Subject(s): information technology
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Abstract: "One of the prerequisites for sustainable development is knowledge, in order to inform coping with sustainability threats and to support innovative sustainability pathways. Transferring knowledge is therefore a fundamental challenge for sustainability, in a context where external knowledge must be integrated with local knowledge in order to promote user-driven action. But effective local co-production of knowledge requires ongoing local access to existing scientific and technical knowledge so that users start on a level playing field. The information technology revolution can be a powerful enabler of such access if intellectual property obstacles can be overcome, with a potential to transform prospects for sustainability in many parts of the world."

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