IATUL 2023 Slides

Author First name, Last name, and Institution

Emily Choynowski, Knowledge E Foundation




The Forum for Open Research in MENA (F.O.R.M.) is a new non-profit membership initiative supporting the region’s research libraries in the development and implementation of open science policies and practices.

We believe that open science is vital for the sociocultural and economic development of the Arab world, and we therefore want to place accessibility at the heart of scientific and research ecosystems and support the evolution of strong, sustainable open research infrastructures.

Our vision is for a more Open MENA, and we believe open science starts with research libraries. Our mission is therefore to empower research libraries across the Arab world by nurturing a collaborative regional community, encouraging the exchange of actionable insights and generation of accessible resources, and supporting the development of practical policies relating to the implementation of open science. We also seek to address structural inequities relating to the accessibility and visibility of the region’s research outputs, especially Arabic-language research.

This presentation will provide an overview of the current situation, including the unique challenges faced by libraries in this region, and then outline some of the key solutions and strategies which F.O.R.M. is working on to address these challenges and support the region’s libraries in their transition to more accessible, sustainable and inclusive research and education models. These pillars of activity align with UNESCO’s broader Open Science Recommendations but reflect the specific needs of the Arab world.

Publication Date


Conference Name

IATUL 2023: 43rd International Association of University Libraries Annual Conference. Dubai & Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (March 13-16, 2023)


Library and Information Science


Open science, Open access, Forum for open research, Arab states

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