11.14.2012
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Greek National Workshop

The National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT) organizes the National Workshop on Open Access policies, which will take place on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at the Auditorium “Leonidas Zervas” of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) in Athens. The workshop is part of the project activities of MedOANet (Mediterranean Open Access Network, www.medoanet.eu), which is led by EKT. The project addresses the necessity for coordinated strategies and policies which promote Open Access to research and knowledge, with a focus on six Mediterranean countries: Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal.

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10.26.2012
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Spanish National Workshop

The Spanish National Workshop has been celebrated on October 22nd, 2012. It has been organized by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) as part of the International Open Access week agenda.

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07.19.2012
project

MedOANet partner workshop

The Hague, July 19th 2012

In this eventful week for Open Access the MedOANet project had its first partner Workshop, hosted by FECYT, (the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) on the 16th of July 2012 in Madrid. The MedOANet project aims at facilitating the development of coordinated strategies and policies in Open Access to scientific information especially in the Mediterranean countries and reinforcing regional coordination of strategies and structures among member states. The goal of the workshop was to discuss the results of the recently conducted surveys on Open Access in the six Mediterranean countries of the consortium, the actions to be taken upon the outcomes of the surveys and the next steps within the project.

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07.18.2012
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MedOANet welcomes the communication and recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information issued by the European Commission

The Mediterranean Open Access Network Project (MedOANet http://www.medoanet.eu) welcomes and supports the European Commission’s Communication "Towards better access to scientific information" and the Recommendation to Member States on "access to and preservation of scientific information", released yesterday.
As an EU-funded project with a focus on facilitating the implementation of coordinated open access policies in Mediterranean Europe and beyond, MedOANet shares the European Commission’s vision of boosting the benefits of the public investments on science and research for researchers, businesses and the public by increasing access to publicly funded research.

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07.10.2012
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Greek Task Force Meeting

The first National Task Force Meeting on Open Access in Greece was successfully organized by the National Documentation Centre (EKT/NHRF) on June 20th, 2012. The Task Force was constituted within the frame of the project Mediterranean Open Access Network (MedOANet), bringing together important stakeholders in the realm of research in Greece. One of the aims of this FP7-funded project is to support coordinated strategies and policies in Open Access to scientific information at the national level in Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and Turkey, as well as to help coordinate developments in those countries.

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03.21.2012
open access

Open access journals: are we asking the right questions?

The academic publisher Elsevier is being boycotted by the online HE community due to the prohibitive costs of its journals.
A mass online movement to boycott the academic publisher Elsevier has emerged over the past week. This has come about through a growing awareness among researchers and scholars that their output is being sold back to their own institutions at prohibitive costs. The proposed solution is an open access model.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/feb/08/open...

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03.21.2012
open access

The price of information

On January 21st Timothy Gowers, a mathematician at Cambridge University, wrote a blog post outlining the reasons for his longstanding boycott of research journals published by Elsevier. This firm, which is based in the Netherlands, owns more than 2,000 journals, including such top-ranking titles as Cell and the Lancet. However Dr Gowers, who won the Fields medal, mathematics’s equivalent of a Nobel prize, in 1998, is not happy with it, and he hoped his post might embolden others to do something similar.

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03.21.2012
open access

Exploring open access in higher education

What is the benefit of open access to academia? Who will pay for open education resources? These questions and many more are answered by OA experts in a chat panel.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2011/dec/07/prom...

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03.21.2012
open access

Will publishers respond positively to open access policies?

Ivy League universities are leading the way when it comes to open access to published work but publishers will also have to embrace change. Will they?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/poll/2011/sep/30...

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03.21.2012
open access

EIFL-OA case studies

EIFL provided financial support to 13 projects that implemented national and institutional open access advocacy campaigns to reach out to research communities and open access publishing initiatives.

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