Access to scientific information: the role of the EU


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Access to scientific information: the role of the EU

  1. 1. OAPEN Conference 2011 25 February, Berlin Access to Scientific Information The Role of the EU Carl-Christian Buhr European Commission
  2. 2. The European Commission is... <ul><li>...Policy Maker </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Launches policy debates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Invites Member States to take action </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proposes EU legislation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>...Funding Agency </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access/dissemination rules for funded research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>...Infrastructure Builder </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funds infrastructures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funds relevant research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supports networking activities </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. EU politics are complicated...
  4. 4. ...are they? Neelie Kroes Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Digital Agenda Research & Innovation
  5. 5. Policy Maker <ul><li>Multi-Annual EU budget 2014-{2021, 2024} </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Post-2013 research funding </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Proposal on European Research Area </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Communication/Recommendation on Scientific Information </li></ul>
  6. 6. Advising on... Scientific Information e-Infrastructures etc. , @NeelieKroesEU , @ccbuhr
  7. 7. The Digital Agenda for Europe <ul><li>“[…] publicly funded research should be widely disseminated through Open Access publication of scientific data and papers ” </li></ul>A Digital Agenda for Europe (COM(2010)245, 19.05.2010), “ […] the Commission will appropriately extend current Open Access publication requirements […]”
  8. 8. The Innovation Union <ul><li>“[...] the Commission will propose a European Research Area framework and […]seek to ensure […] dissemination [...] of research results, including through open access to publications and data from publicly funded research”. </li></ul>Innovation Union (COM(2010)546, 06.10.2010), “ The Commission will promote open access to the results of publicly funded research. It will aim to make open access to publications the general principle for projects funded by the EU research Framework Programmes […]”.
  9. 9. Funding Agency Covers 20% FP7 budget Best effort mandate Embargo (6/12m) Costs reimbursable
  10. 10. What next? <ul><li>2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Extend/Generalise OA Pilot in next FP </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How to get scientists to deposit? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Robust & effective mandate </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funding? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A Role for Publishers? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2012 </li></ul><ul><li>ERA proposals </li></ul>
  11. 11. And data? ” Our Vision is a scientific e-infrastructure that supports seamless access, use, re-use, and trust of data. In a sense [...] the data themselves become the infrastructure – a valuable asset, on which science, technology, the economy and society can advance”.
  12. 12. &quot;My goal is to raise awareness of the opportunities represented by scientific data as well as setting out a plan for future developments.&quot; Start slowly, partner, pilot & build infrastructures &quot;[T]ruly free access to scientific data is not possible without a coordinated effort of European and global stakeholders to build and sustain an underlying seamless and trusted infrastructure.&quot;
  13. 13. Infrastructure Builder link, maintain, extend
  14. 14. What can be done? All demand access & respond to Green Paper Researchers deposit & nudge their journals Librarians create & link repositories Publishers build bridges & cross over
  15. 15. <ul><li>Pointers </li></ul><ul><li>The EC and open access </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Digital Agenda for Europe </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Neelie Kroes Speeches </li></ul><ul><li>{518,716} </li></ul><ul><li>Riding the wave – Final report of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data, October 2010 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Post-2013 Research Green Paper & Public Consultation </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>More detail on all of this (thank you!) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts </li></ul><ul><li><web>{NeelieKroesEU, cc_buhr}</web> </li></ul><ul><li><twitter>@NeelieKroesEU, @ccbuhr</twitter> </li></ul><ul><li><facebook></facebook> </li></ul>