Jean François Dechamp, Open Access Policy Officer from the European Commission, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD), explained the EC’s objective to optimise the impact of publicly funded scientific research on European and member state level. He states that the only road to get there is OA to scientific information. Dechamp stressed the benefits of OA to scientific information, namely faster and wider dissemination of research results for researchers, the benefit of equal access across Europe (and beyond) and the ability to drive down the costs of dissemination without sacrificing quality as beneficial for researchers, industry and citizens.
Bernard Rentier, rector of the University of Liege presented the institutional perspective on OA policies. At the University of Liege the repository has an OA policy where a 100% of the articles produced by the University of Liege are deposited. Rentier explained that the road to this success is continuously raising the overall awareness of the benefits of adopting and complying with an OA policy. In addition to that the institutional repository should be as attractive as possible for researchers to work with through added value services so they can experience the actual benefits of depositing and retrieving from the institutional OA repository.
Lucie Guibault, senior researcher at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam and expert in copyright law presented the legal perspective on OA policies.
Danila Baldessari and Lucia Monaco, from Fondazione Telethon, explained the funders’ perspective on OA and talked about OA to Telethon publications in the framework of Europe PubMed Central. They explained how OA publication of research results helps the foundation enhancing the progress towards achieving its mission and triggering a virtuous cycle in support of research.
Alma Swan, Open Access advocate, Sparc Europe, EOS, Key Perspectives Ltd, scetched the current situation on OA policies in Europe and around the world. She stressed and illustrated the necessity of policy alignment and coordination.
The MedOANet workshop called for alignment in OA policies, coordination and a strong advocacy. The attendants agreed that the top management of institutions needs to get involved in the implementation of OA policies in the starting phase. Then infrastructure and support need to be in place and financed for the researchers to be able to comply with the OA policy. The role of the library as a support mechanism was subject of discussion. LIBER was mentioned in this discussion as being the instrument for alignment and coordination among libraries on a European level as well as being an important commitment that actively lobbies for OA in Europe.
The OA Tracker of the MedOANet project was presented by Paola Gargiulo from CASPUR. TheTracker brings together and visually presents information on the growth of different types of OA resources and policies in the six Mediterranean countries of the project. It takes information on journals, repositories, institutional policies, funder’s policies and publishers’ self-archiving policies from authoritative services, such as DOAJ, SHERPA/RoMEO, SHERPA/Juliet, OpenDOAR, ROARMAP. The Tracker is intended to encourage the stakeholder community to register its OA resources with these established services. The tracker received positive feedback and the question was raised whether it could include data from other types of international directories such as CRIS or European projects as well. The project partners agreed that this could certainly be considered for future developments.
More information on the project is available at: http://www.medoanet.eu/project
Presentations and videos of the UMinhOA seminar are available at: http://openaccess.sdum.uminho.pt/?page_id=1791