Thursday, October 08, 2020

MERCED - Initiatives on FOCRAP (Free and Open Content and Resources for Academic Purposes)

MERCED-IFOCRAP stands for Mindanao Educational Resources for Curricular Enhancement and Development-Initiatives of Free and Open Content and Resources for Academic Purposes.

The Berlin Declaration on Open Access (OA) to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities defines "open access" to the literature, as free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."

Unesco, on the other hand, defines Open Access (OA) as free access to information and unrestricted use of electronic resources for everyone. Any kind of digital content can be OA, from texts and data to software, audio, video, and multi-media. While most of these are related to text only, a growing number are integrating text with images, data, and executable code. OA can also apply to non-scholarly content, like music, movies, and novels.

As part of the MERCED-I (Mindanao Educational Resources for Curricular Enhancement and Development - Initiatives), FOCRAP aims to develop web-based resources that support the general education program of UP Mindanao, and the offered degree programs, in particular. Other FOCRAP classification includes electronic books, journals, multimedia, and several other information resources.

While developed as a UP Mindanao Library undertaking, FOCRAP, just like its provenance, is free, open, and shareable, to all knowledge and information seekers.

Click on the links below, and be connected either to the full record to access contents via the UPMindanao Library's OPAC, or directly to the websites.



AARN (Anthropology & Archaeology Research Network)
ArchRN (Architecture Research Network)
CommRN (Communication Studies Research Network)
Development Ideas
Forced Migration Review
integrated Sustainable Development Goals (iSDG)
LIT (The English & American Literature Research Network)
Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
PRN (The Philosophy Research Network)
Social Sciences and Humanities Open
SSRN (formerly, Social Science Research Network)
TransportRN (The Transportation Research Network)


Asia Pacific Food Industry
Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Applied Microbiology
BioRN (Biology Research Network)
CompSciRN (Computer Science Research Network)
FoodSciRN (The Food Science Research Network)
The Institute of Food Science & Technology
Journal of Food Biochemistry
Journal of Food Safety
OPER (The Operations Research Network)
PhilRice Magazine
R and D Highlights
Rice-Based Biosystems Journal
Rice Science for Decision Makers
UN Sustainable Development Goals


ACIAR Mindanao Agricultural Extension Project
ACIAR Publications
ARN (The Accounting Research Network)
Asian Development Review
Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA)
ERPN (The Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Network)
FEN (The Financial Economics Network)
FinPlanRN (The Financial Planning Research Network)
integrated Sustainable Development Goals (iSDG)
INTL (The International Business & Management Research Network)
ISN (The Information Systems & eBusiness Network)
LRN (The Leadership Research Network)
MKT (The Marketing Research Network)
MRN (The Management Research Network)
NEG (The Negotiations & Dispute Resolution Network)
Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
POL (The Corporate Strategy & Business Policy Research Network)


African Journals Online (AJOL)
Bangladesh Journals Online (BanglaJOL)
Bloomsbury Open Access
CRN (The Classics Research Network)
Development Ideas
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) )
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
FAO Corporate Document Repository
Google Scholar
IDS OpenDocs
Indices of Social Development
InfoSciRN (The Information & Library Science Research Network)
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
IRPN (The Innovation Research & Policy Network)
JSTOR Open Access e-Books and Journals
National Academies Press
Nepal Journals Online (NepJOL)
Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)
Open Directory of Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) )
PubMed Central )
Open Research Online
SRPN (The Sustainability Research & Policy Network)
UN Data
WGSRN (The Women's & Gender Studies Research Network)
The World Bank's Open Data Initiative
World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR )
World Digital Library