The Dutch government is strongly in favour of Open Access and aims for the Netherlands to be 100% Open Access by 2024. A road for Open Access was started in 2013 by Sander Dekker, State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, who expressed his support for open access to scientific publications. A gold OA route was chosen.
With this background, it is not surprising that Open Science is one of the Dutch EU presidency’s priorities in the field of research and innovation. The Dutch Presidency Open Science Conference focused on Open Access to scholarly publications and re-use of research data.
About 300 participants were at the conference. LIBER was among the invited participants, along with research funding agencies, research organisations and publishers. The two days were very intense, with the first day largely presentation based and the second providing possibilities to interact and — more importantly — room to comment on the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science which will be published in May in a meeting of the ministers of all 28 member states.
The call was updated based on feedback during the conference and comments will continue to be collected until 14 April. LIBER intends to submit comments with a focus on Text and Data Mining, and the services LIBER libraries can provide to enable and support Open Science.
The outcomes of the cafes were dozens of suggested action points, which were shared back with the participants in the closing plenary session by LIBER Executive Director Susan Reilly. These will be shared shortly by LIBER and by the Dutch government.
LIBER members are welcome to contact the LIBER Office to request decks of cards to run their own Open Science Cafe.
For more on the importance of Open Science, see these videos about the Conference: