Interview with Eloy Rodrigues on MedOANet Project and Open Access
Eloy Rodrigues, Portuguese partner coordinator of the MedOANet Project, held an interview by Porto Canal TV on 6th June, 2012.
The main focus of the interview was the MedOANet Project although Eloy expanded ongeneral Open Access issues. Eloy Rodrigues started with an introduction on MedOANet Project mentioning the consortium, the main goalsof the project, and describing the activities in progress as well as the future initiatives and events. He did a parallel between the MedOANet Project and current and future European policies.
Eloy described the current situation in Portugal regarding Open Access including the OA projects running at the University of Minho. He concluded the interview explaining and describing the advantages of open access for institutions, researchers, and citizens, stressing the importance and necessity for coordinated strategies and policies in Open Access to scientific information in Europe.
The interview is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJMRYS42Nm4&feature=plcp
MedOANet surveys: deadline extension
The deadline for taking part in MedOANet surveys has been extended to June 15th.
If you are an institution, a research funder, or a publisher, take a look at http://medoanet.eu/news/take-part-medoanet-surveys
Press Release "MedOANet – towards coordinated Open Access policies in Mediterranean Europe"
Press release on MedOANet at CORDIS Wire here.
Take part in the MedOANet surveys
MedOANet is carrying out surveys among research performing institutions, research funders and academic and research publishers in order to map the current situation of Open Access in terms of policies and practices in Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.
The surveys are running from April 10th to June 15th, 2012.
Designated representatives of research performing institutions, research funders and publishers from the six countries are encouraged to fill out the appropriate survey.
Your contribution is very important in mapping the Open Access ecosystem in Mediterranean Europe!
The three surveys are accessible in the following links:
Research performing institutions: Click here to take survey
This survey is designed to collect information regarding Open Access policies and Open Access repository practices and is addressed to repository operators and/or libraries of research performing institutions
Research funders: Click here to take survey
This survey is designed to obtain information regarding the Open Access policies of research funding bodies
Academic and research publishers: Click here to take survey
This survey is designed to collect information regarding Open Access policies and publications by academic and other publishers of research
Second National Open Access Workshop, October 21-22, 2013, Izmir, Turkey
The 2nd National Open Access Workshop was held in Izmir, Turkey, during the Open Access Week (October 21-22, 2013). The workshop was hosted by the Izmir Institute of Technology and more than 120 people mainly from research performing institutions attended the two-day workshop. The workshop program is available at http://www.acikerisim.org/english/oa2013_program.pdf. Open access, research data management, best practices and open access policies of big publishers were among the topics discussed during the workshop. There was also an update on the MedOANet project during which the MedOANet Guidelines were introduced to the participants for the first time. A final statement was issued after the Workshop, recommending that research funding and research performing organizations should develop open access policies based on the MedOANet Guidelines.
The French Ministry for Higher Education and Research on Open Access
On the occasion of the fifth conference on Open Access organized by Couperin "Open Access : quel avenir pour la publication scientifique? Stratégie des établissements, des Etats et de l’Union Européenne", the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research gave a speech on OA
The full transcript of the speech of Genevieve Fioraso is available here (French text only).
EC Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information in local languages
Published on July 17th 102, the EC Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information is available in all European languages.
Read and disseminate the Recommendation in your local language!
Good practices for university open-access policies
The Harvard Open Access Project released a WIKI version 1.0 of a guide to good practices for university open-access policies at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/hoap/Good_practices_for_university_open-acc...
The guide is based on policies adopted at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and some other institutions around the world.
It is written and edited by Stuart Shieber and Peter Suber, and it is meant to grow over time. Suggestions are welcome.
Report on "Sustainability of Open Access Services"
The Knowledge Exchange partners issue a report that identifies the actions needed in order to help achieve a robust Open Access service foundation.
Although some services that support Open Access have developed a sustainable business model, many started as projects and continue to run on recurrent project funding or goodwill. If these are critical components of the evolving scholarly communication system the foundation of Open Access is vulnerable. Knowledge Exchange has commissioned this study as part of a larger programme of work to look at the issue of sustaining key services into the long term.
This report focuses on phases one and two of the programme. Phase one was a scoping exercise, carried out mainly through a literature review and an extensive stakeholder interview exercise, to describe the services that are currently available or would be valuable in the future. It also investigated what roles stakeholders could play in this future scenario.
Phase two was a stakeholder consultation and engagement exercise. The aim was to engage stakeholders with the work programme so that they could contribute their views, get involved with the work and have a voice in the thinking about future scenarios.
The key services are presented for three future scenarios: ‘Gold’ Open Access, fully ‘Green’ Open Access and Green’ Open Access supplementing subscription access as ‘Gold’ OA grows.
Three strategic areas are identified as having particular potential for future work. These are embedding business development expertise into service development; consideration of how to move money around the system to enable Open Access to be achieved optimally; and governance and coordination of the infrastructural foundation of Open Access. The report concludes with seven recommendations, both high-level and practical, for further work around these strategic areas.