Unesco, the UN's education branch, has created a World Library of Science to share scientific papers with researchers and students around the world.
The library, launched in conjunction with the publisher Nature Education and the diagnostics company Roche, will contain articles, books and videos. As well as making scientific information freely available, it will provide educational resources for students and teachers.
The initiative is aimed at researchers and students in developing countries, who would not otherwise have access to materials. “The world needs more science and more scientists to face today’s global challenges,” said Unesco’s director-general, Irina Bokova. “Achieving this requires better and more accessible science education.”