85 European experts from national research councils, research performing organisations, universities, academies and stakeholder initiatives have been invited by Science Europe to attend the European Regional Working Group meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC).
The meeting aims to prepare the European contribution on the two fundamental topics of Open Access and Research Integrity for the next GRC summit, planned for 27-29 May 2013 in Berlin.
In the meeting, different approaches to Open Access were discussed, as well as the implication and responsibilities of the stakeholders in fostering Open Access. LIBER defended both Green and Gold as complementary routes to achieve Open Access world wide. Currently, both approaches are a reality in Europe, where projects exploring Green and Gold coexist. Also, LIBER joined the voices that requested extended re-use rights licences in the Gold approach to assure a good service to modern research. Finally, LIBER stressed the role of libraries as main stakeholders in the transition towards full open access to scientific outputs, in terms of advocacy (both towards researchers and funding agencies), licensing expertise, etc.