Research Outreach Blog
September 26, 2022

International Day for Universal Access to Information 2022 is here! #AccessToInfoDay

International Day for Universal Access to Information 2022 (IDUAI) is here! Ensuring equitable access to information is about tackling inequalities and working collaboratively to disseminate and increase our shared knowledge. Research Outreach firmly believes, like the organisers of IDUAI, that a free-flowing exchange of knowledge and learning is essential for our scientific, technological and societal advancement. To celebrate IDUAI, enjoy open access to the latest research info on #AccessToInfoDay with us.

Led by the United Nations and UNESCO, this year’s IDUAI theme is Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information. Give yourself access to how artificial intelligence is helping to unlock the secrets of the Babylonians by revealing previously hidden information in untranslated, ancient cuneiform texts. And learn how one pioneering, patient community network has developed a new tool for dissemination: V2A2. Thanks to V2A2, the Melanoma Patient Network Europe (MPNE) can now rapidly and accurately share scientific information across different language boundaries. Delve deeper, and we will informatively engage you with the latest scintillating facts about how one non-profit organisation uses strategic communication of information to tackle climate change. Plus, don’t forget to use the hashtag – #AccessToInfoDay – to connect with the latest information about IDUAI’s info-barrier-busting bonanza.


How to change the world: COMPASS on science and effective communication

Scientists have information that can help us solve complex problems that threaten us all, such as climate change and biodiversity loss. COMPASS is a non-profit organisation which believes that strategic communication of information is critical for a future in which both people and nature survive and thrive. Executive Director Amanda Stanley told Research Outreach how they are building a cross-discipline community of researchers working to change the world.

V2A2: A tool to promote patient agency through effective patient information

The Melanoma Patient Network Europe (MPNE) attaches particular importance to effective scientific patient information. As a patient community with a keen research interest, the network has over the years developed its own methodology and standards on how to rapidly and accurately share scientific information even across language boundaries. Bettina Ryll, Gilliosa Spurrier and Violeta Astratinei, founders of MPNE, have developed the tool V2A2, hoping it will be of use to all those passionate about effective educational content for patients and patients advocates. 


Digital Assyriology: Using artificial intelligence to unlock an ancient lingua franca

The ancient writing system of cuneiform was used to record millennia of human history, but relatively few of the hundreds of thousands of known cuneiform texts have yet been translated and made available to researchers and the public alike. The Babylonian Engine project, led by Dr Shai Gordin of Ariel University, Israel, has developed two tools to help – Atrahasis and Akkademia. The tools use artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing to unlock the secrets of cuneiform writings and provide access to our ancestor’s past through revealing a wealth of information. The impressive accuracy of these tools promises to transform our understanding of the ancient Near East. 
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #AccessToInfoDay to join in sharing the knowledge.


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