MedOANet European Conference
The MedOANet European Conference will take place at the National Documentation Centre / National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, Greece, from 17 to 18 October 2013 during the International Open Access Conference.
The final conference of MedOANet project will serve to present the results of the project, placing them in the wider European perspectives on Open Access policies, and providing a forum for the current debate on Open Access policy implementation practices within the EU. Specifically, the MedOANet final conference will focus on best practices in policy implementation among research funders and research performing institutions, as well as a discussion of open access within the European Research Area.
More information about the event and the online registration at http://www.medoanet.eu/events/medoanet-european-conference
MedOANet Report on the European Workshop Released
The European Workshop of the MedOANet project took place in Braga (Portugal) on February 6th and 7th 2013, as part of a larger event, the UMinho Open Access Seminar, which included the MedOANet Workshop and the OpenAIREplus Interoperability Workshop.
The European Workshop aimed to bring together members of MedOANet national Task forces as well as decision-makers and representatives of relevant European and international organizations and initiatives, to discuss and provide conclusions or recommendations on how to implement coordinated policies in line with the European Commission’s initiatives (such as the Open Access Pilot on FP7 and OpenAIRE).
The three-day workshop was not only an opportunity to network and liaise, but also to promote the development and enhancement of repositories on the region, based on shared good practices and established standards and guidelines. Additionally, the wider European Open Access community had the opportunity of being informed on MedOANet’s accomplishments so far, as well as on the future tasks and activities. Regarding accomplishments, the project partners presented the state of Open Access in each of the six Mediterranean countries involved, including the results of the MedOANet surveys and the MedOANet national workshops, and highlighting recent developments, best practices and success cases in these countries.
The full report on the European workshop is available at http://www.medoanet.eu/sites/www.medoanet.eu/files/documents/D.3.1_Report%20on%20European%20Workshop.pdf
MedOANet Report on National Open Access Workshops Released
The MedOANet (Mediterranean Open Access Network) project, funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, released its Report on the National Open Access Workshops, organized in 2012 by the project partners, namely Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.
The goal of the National Open Access workshops was to actively engage policy-makers and other key players with the ability to effect change, in coordination of Open Access practices, strategies and policies, to increase awareness of and commitment towards Open Access, with the aim of making the outcomes of publicly-funded research freely available, according to the EC’s recommendations.
As a key component of MedOANet, the National Open Access Workshops brought together for the first time the main stakeholders from research funding organizations, research performing organizations, academic and research libraries, as well as from publishing industry, along with Open Access experts and speakers. The workshops increased the awareness of Open Access issues and energized the stakeholders to design and implement Open Access policies and regulations in the near future in the Mediterranean countries. Stakeholders agreed to follow a multi-faceted approach to streamline the development of Open Access policies and strategies.
The outcome of national Open Access workshops paved the way for MedOANet project partners to develop coherent Open Access guidelines that will help them design “down to earth” national action plans to support Open Access to publicly funded research publications and research data, thereby facilitating their compliance with the requirements of Horizon 2020.
The full text of the report on national Open Access workshops is available at http://medoanet.eu/sites/www.medoanet.eu/files/documents/D2.3%20-%20Report%20on%20National%20Workshops-3_final.pdf.
The MedOANet European Workshop
The MedOANet European Workshop took place at the University of Minho, Braga – Portugal, on the 6th February, 2013, included in a larger event, the UMinho Open Access Seminar, which brought together the MedOANet European Workshop and the OpenAIRE Interoperability Workshop, offering also public sessions on Open Access policies, open science, data repositories, interoperability and research infrastructures.
The main goal of the MedOANet European Workshop was to bring together decision-makers and task force representatives from the six Mediterranean countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. The event gathered 42 participants, comprising experts, project partners and task force members.
The MedOANet European Workshop included presentations by the project partners with a brief overview on Open Access in the six Mediterranean countries and allowed participants to engage in discussion into two parallel sessions addressed to Research Funders and Research Performing Organizations’ representatives. On both sessions issues on policy definition, policy implementation and sustainability, and policy enforcing and monitoring were addressed in the perspective of Research Funders and Research Performing Organizations.
The general and preliminary conclusions stressed the regional diversity (levels of awareness and involvement of stakeholders across the countries), the limited coordination at different levels (national, regional and within the European context) on the Mediterranean countries and the need to strengthen the advocacy and awareness efforts and make them permanent. Finally, a strong recommendation has been issued to improve the convergence, alignment and coordination of policies at regional level, using the European Commission’s policies and documents (especially the Communication and the Recommendation to member states from July 2012) as the general framework and model for this purpose.
As a result of the MedOANet European Workshop, a report with conclusions and recommendations will be produced soon, combined with Guidelines for policy makers that will be issued in the coming months, with a view to the effective implementation of the Commission’s recommendations on Open Access to scientific information.
The presentations can be found at the UMinho Open Access Seminar website: http://openaccess.sdum.uminho.pt/?page_id=1791
MedOANet (Mediterranean Open Access Network) addresses the necessity for coordinated strategies and policies in Open Access to scientific information in Europe. The project’s goal is to enhance existing policies, strategies and structures for Open Access and to contribute towards the implementation of new ones in six Mediterranean countries: Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. It will also promote national and regional coordination of policies, strategies and structures in these six countries and beyond.The consortium comprises organizations from nine countries with key roles in issues of access to, dissemination and preservation of research.
Italian National Open Access Workshop
Hosted by CNR (National Research Council), the Italian National Open Access Workshop took place in Rome, Italy, on January 29th 2013 with the support of the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities. The workshop was part of the Mediterranean Open Access Network (MedOANet) project (www.medoanet.eu) supported by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (7FP), and organized by CINECA (formerly CASPUR), a partner of the MedOANet project, in cooperation with CNR as member of the Italian National Task Force.
The national workshop drew about 70 participants from various sectors (research performing organizations, universities, publishers, researchers and librarians).
Program and presentations are available at http://www.medoanet.eu/events/italian-national-workshop
European Commission adopts Communication and Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information
The European Commission has today outlined measures to improve access to scientific knowledge produced in Europe. Better access to EU-funded scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the results of publicly-funded research. This will boost Europe's innovation capacity and give citizens quicker access to scientific discoveries.
The Communication sets out open access policy objectives for the research funded by the Commission through Horizon 2020. An accompanying Recommendation provides a policy framework for improving access to a preservation of scientific information in EU Member States.
The documents can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/ by clicking on "background" in the left column.
European Commission: Open access to scientific data – Communication and Recommendation
The European Commission just released "Open access to scientific data - Communication and Recommendation"
The full text of the document is available at http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/12/565&form...
RCUK announces new Open Access policy
Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today, 16th July 2012, unveiled its new Open Access policy. Informed by the work of the National Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Professor Dame Janet Finch, the policy at once harmonises and makes significant changes to existing Research Councils’ Open Access policies.
Professor Douglas Kell, RCUK Champion for Research and Information Management commented: "Widening access to the outputs of research currently published in journals has the potential to contribute substantially to furthering the progress of scientific and other research, ensuring that the UK continues to be a world leader in these fields. I am delighted that, together, the Research Councils have been able to been able both to harmonise and to make significant changes to their policies, ensuring that more people have access to cutting edge research that can contribute to both economic growth in our knowledge economy and the wider wellbeing of the UK."
Drs. Astrid Wissenburg, Chair of RCUK Impact Group and RCUK representative on the National Working Group on Open Access commented: “As the bodies charged with investing public money in research, the Research Councils take very seriously their responsibilities in making the outputs from this research publicly available – not just to other researchers, but also to potential users in business; charitable and public sectors; and to the general public. Working with other funders such as HEFCE, DFID and the Wellcome Trust, this new policy signifies a move to a sustainable, affordable and transparent model of making outputs from the research that they fund more openly accessible.”
The new policy, which will apply to all qualifying publications being submitted for publication from 1 April 2013, states that peer reviewed research papers which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the Research Councils:
must be published in journals which are compliant with Research Council policy on Open Access, and;
must include details of the funding that supported the research, and a statement on how the underlying research materials such as data, samples or models can be accessed.
Criteria which journals must fulfill to be compliant with the Research Councils’ Open Access policy are detailed within the policy, but include offering a “pay to publish” option or allowing deposit in a subject or institutional repository after a mandated maximum embargo period. In addition, the policy mandates use of ‘CC-BY’, the Creative Commons ‘Attribution’ license, when an APC is levied. The CC_BY licence allows others to modify, build upon and/or distribute the licensed work (including for commercial purposes) as long as the original author is credited.
The Research Councils will provide block grants to eligible UK Higher Education Institutions, approved independent research organisations and Research Council Institutes to support payment of the Article Processing Charges (APCs) associated with ‘pay-to-publish’. In parallel, eligible organisations will be expected to set-up and manage their own publication funds. The Research Councils will work with eligible organisations to discuss the detail of the new approach to funding APCs and to ensure that appropriate and auditable mechanisms are put in place to manage the funds.
Along with HEFCE and other relevant Funding Bodies, we shall monitor these policies actively, both to review their effects and to ensure that our joint objectives on Open Access are being met.
The RCUK policy on Access to Research Outputs is available here http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/Pages/outputs.aspx.
See the full news at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/news/2012news/Pages/120716.aspx
LIBER appoints Izaskun Lacunza as new Executive Director
LIBER announced that Dr Izaskun Lacunza, Spanish Partner of the MedOANet project, has been appointed Executive Director of LIBER during the Annual LIBER Conference in Tartu.
See the full news at http://libereurope.eu/news/liber-appoints-izaskun-lacunza-as-new-executi...
Wellcome Trust in UK announces strengthening of their OA policy
Wellcome Trust, one of the UK's major research funders, has announced to stengthen their open access policy with immediate effect. "Failure to comply with the policy could result in final grant payments being withheld and non-compliant publications being discounted when applying for further funding." Read more at http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2012/WTVM0557...