Aktuelles zu Open Access - Issue 7
Welcome to the seventh issue of "Aktuelles zu Open Access" for Leibniz Universität Hannover. We cover the latest developments in Open Access activities at Leibniz Universität Hannover and TIB, as well as general trends in the area of Open Access.
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- National Open Science plan for the Netherlands:
In the Netherlands, a national plan for Open Science has been put forward. Among other goals, it aims for 100% Open Access for results of publicly funded research by the year 2020. It also emphasises the topics of the "reusability of research data" and "incentives for Open Science".
https://blogs.tib.eu/wp/tib/2017/02/13/niederlande-nationaler-open-science-plan-vorgelegt/ (in German)
- Open Access to images, videos and data of the European Space Agency (ESA):
ESA has passed an Open Access policy for its content. Images, videos and data will now be published under a Creative Commons licence, allowing their free distribution and use.
- Open Access in Romance Studies:
A survey on Open Access in Romance Studies has been conducted by the Scientific Information Service Romance Studies. The results show that Open Access is playing an increasingly important role in the field and that the majority have welcomed this development.
http://blog.cibera.de/2017/02/09/auswertung-der-umfrage-des-fid-romanistik-zu-open-access-in-der-romanistik/ (in German)
- Open Science Monitor of the EU:
The Open Science Monitor, recently launched by the European Commission, collects open science activities in Europe. It provides a way to analyse their development and to compare them between countries and scientific disciplines.
https://wisspub.net/2017/03/20/open-science-monitor-der-eu-kommisson-online/ (in German)
- Berlin 13 conference:
The 13th Berlin Open Access Conference brought together more than 200 delegates from around the world to share experiences and perspectives on the large-scale transformation of scholarly journals from subscription to Open Access. The report and the individual contributions are now available online.
- Unpaywall - browser add-on to find free versions of paywalled articles:
This add-on for the Chrome and Firefox browsers helps users legally find freely accessible versions of paywalled scholarly articles. The tool uses the DOI to search for an Open Access version (which has been deposited in a repository, for instance) and makes it available with a click.
*** Open Access at Leibniz Universität Hannover and TIB ***
- TU9 alliance fully endorses DEAL project
The goal of the German DEAL project is to conclude nationwide licencing contracts for electronic journals of major scholarly publishers from 2017 on; this involves improving access to scholarly literature and including an Open Access component. In late March 2017, another round of negotiations between the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) and the publisher Elsevier ended without any result. TU9, the alliance of the leading technical universities in Germany, including Leibniz Universität Hannover, has wholeheartedly endorsed the DEAL project, and has called on Elsevier to resume constructive negotiations with the HRK.
Previous issues of "Aktuelles zu Open Access" can be found at https://www.tib.eu/en/publishing-archiving/open-access/information-about-open-access/
You can also find news on Open Access on the TIB Blog at http://blogs.tib.eu/wp/tib/category/open-access/ (mostly in German)