Free and open access to scientific knowledge for all people everywhere – that is Open Access. Open Access enables equal information provision for all and thus the fair and transparent use of taxpayers' money as well as efficient research and innovation. But there are still infrastructural barriers, information gaps and objections to Open Access.
At https://open-access.network, all scientists and scholars, OA newcomers and professionals can now take advantage of a comprehensive range of free information, training and networking opportunities. This includes thematic workshops in which participants can come into direct contact with each other and exchange their experiences, as well as the associated OA forum and training opportunities such as workshops for OA consultants, online seminars and educational videos for beginners, advanced users and professionals . The portal also contains a “helpdesk” where experts will answer individual questions on the subject of OA by email or telephone.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the open-access.network project, which is led by the University of Konstanz, since December 2019 with around 2.4 million Euro over a period of three years. The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology is involved as a project partner and is responsible for the creation of information and educational materials, the design and implementation of online training courses, the research of open-access gaps and the management of the central forum for discussion.