Sustainability 2010, 2(4), 993-1015; doi:10.3390/su2040993

Science, Open Communication and Sustainable Development

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Received: 1 February 2010; in revised form: 19 March 2010 / Accepted: 22 March 2010 / Published: 13 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Forum for Sustainable Development)
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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.
Keywords: knowledge for sustainability; co-production of knowledge for sustainability; information technology; open access
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Wilbanks, J.T.; Wilbanks, T.J. Science, Open Communication and Sustainable Development. Sustainability 2010, 2, 993-1015.

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Wilbanks JT, Wilbanks TJ. Science, Open Communication and Sustainable Development. Sustainability. 2010; 2(4):993-1015.

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Wilbanks, John T.; Wilbanks, Thomas J. 2010. "Science, Open Communication and Sustainable Development." Sustainability 2, no. 4: 993-1015.

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