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Edited By: International Council of Museums (ICOM)

Online ISSN: 1468-0033

Response to Haiti

Providing access to those in need

At Wiley, we have long understood that we are an integral part of the communities in which we live and work, as well as those we serve, and that our responsibility to them is an essential element of our mission. One of the most important ways we contribute is by sharing scientific and scholarly content with communities in need.

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Wiley worked with a number of organizations to extend the reach of critical information to medical professionals, emergency workers, government officials, and academic communities. We have since deepened our partnerships with such organizations and expanded the ways we share such information.

Wiley is a founding member of the UN-backed HINARI, AGORA, and OARE initiatives, now collectively known as Research4Life (, making online scientific content available free or at nominal cost to researchers in developing countries. As one of the world’s poorest countries, Haiti is entitled to free access to over 80% of Wiley-Blackwell’s journals, including all of those in health, agriculture, environmental studies, and related social sciences. After the Haitian earthquake, at least two institutions took advantage of this service.

In 2011, Wiley-Blackwell will increase the number of journals available through the Research4Life programs by 20% and will also add other products and services including the new WIREs interdisciplinary series, the Chemistry Views portal, and the Essential Evidence Plus service. 

The Cochrane Collaboration
Following the Haitian earthquake, Wiley-Blackwell opened The Cochrane Collaboration, providing reliable, up-to-date evidence on medical interventions for such conditions as bone, joint, and muscle trauma; infectious diseases; renal ailments; and depression, anxiety and neurosis.

The Cochrane Collaboration is a group of over 10,000 volunteers in more than 90 countries who review the effects of health care interventions tested in controlled trials and observational studies. The results are published by Wiley-Blackwell as "Cochrane Reviews" in The Cochrane Library, freely available to all countries in the Caribbean thanks to funding by BIREME, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

In Haiti, The Cochrane Collaboration worked with several organizations to identify which Cochrane Reviews would be relevant. These reviews, along with available Evidence Update summaries, were made available in a special Evidence Aid collection on The Cochrane Web site on January 15, with free full text access on Wiley InterScience (now Wiley Online Library), on, and shared with WHO and PAHO.

In March 2010, Wiley became a founding partner of Cochrane’s Evidence Aid initiative ( to inform planners and policy makers as well as responders regarding disaster management. In the summer of 2010, Wiley produced a video with The Cochrane Collaboration to introduce this resource and to encourage other companies to support the initiative. The video was included in Wiley’s 2010 Annual Report and is posted on the Evidence Aid site. (

In response to the recent cholera outbreak in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan, a collection of Cochrane Reviews on water safety and water-related diseases was posted to the Evidence Aid site, accessible as a Special Collection on The Cochrane Library Web site and shared with agencies including WHO.

Emergency Access Initiative
Following the Haitian earthquake, Wiley provided health workers there with free access to all health sciences journals on Wiley InterScience (now Wiley Online Library) as part of the Emergency Access Initiative, a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, of which Wiley is a member. The initiative opens up immediate online access for a set period (usually four weeks) following an incident.

Natural Disaster Access Clause
In April 2010, Wiley incorporated a Natural Disaster Access Clause into its electronic content licenses, allowing licensees to provide groups affected by a local, national, or global natural disaster with electronic access to their licensed products via their secure networks. 

Such an arrangement was put in place after Hurricane Katrina, when students, faculty, and emergency workers from the U.S. gulf region came to institutions in the University of Texas System and served by the Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library. Following the earthquake in Chili in February 2010, HAM-TMC extended their access to the Universidad de Talca, Chile. UT and HAM-TMC became the first parties to sign a Wiley Online Consortium License including the Natural Disaster Access Clause.

The effort never ceases. Months after the initial Haitian earthquake, and as natural disasters continue to devastate communities around the world, we are more aware than ever that sharing information that can save lives as well as transform them is for Wiley a moral imperative.

For more information on Research4Life, visit:

For more information on The Cochrane Collaboration’s Evidence Aid Initiative, visit:

Institutions needing more information on Wiley’s Natural Disaster Access Clause should contact