ORBi is delighted to announce the birth of its Luxembourg counterpart ORBilu, on Monday 22 April 2013, the fruit of a partnership agreement concluded in May 2012 between the University of Liège and the University of Luxembourg.
This transnational event is the result of several months' work led by the Library Departments of the two respective institutions. It is important not only for the two partner teams but also, and fundamentally, as a contribution to the development of the Open Access movement!
Uni.lu now has an interface which is identical to that of ORBi, through which it can promote its research, enabling it to increase its visibility. Following in the footsteps of its big sister in Liège, it is also backed up by an ambitious policy on the subject.
Following the publication in Le Monde newspaper of the article Savoirs. Un bien public convoité,(*) (Knowledge. A sought after public good) a community of university officials, teachers-researchers, publishers and library directors have wished to respond and express their support for open access to research results by publishing in Le Monde an opinion column entitled Qui a peur de l'open access? (Who’s afraid of Open Access?)
You can now back this movement by also signing the opinion piece on the site I love open access.
Le Monde has also subsequently launched an appeal for testimonies from people concerned: Chercheurs, quels sont selon vous les défauts du système actuel de diffusion des connaissances? (Researchers, according to you what are the flaws in the current system of disseminating knowledge?)
(*)Cabut, Sandrine and Larousserie, David. Savoirs. Un bien public convoité. In : Le Monde (March 2, 2013). Also read: A qui appartient le savoir ? (To Whom Does Knowledge Belong ?)
At the beginning of this year 2013, a breath of springtime air already seems to be pushing the American and German governments further along the Green Path.
On February 22 the American public made public its policy concerning better access to the results of the research it funds, thus taking the path initiated by the National Institutes of Health.
For its part Germany could go much further. A modification in German law concerning copyright which will be considered in September could render inalienable the right of researchers to freely disseminate their articles on the internet, the same being also true in the case of a transfer of copyright to the publisher.
At the 5th Open Access Days organised by the Couperin consortium in Paris, Bernard Rentier, the University of Liège’s Rector, and Paul Thirion, Director of the University’s Library Network, were invited to present the ULg’s Open Access policy.
All the videos of the presentation and the question-answer sessions which took place at the Open Access Days, January 24 and 25 2013, are now available via the Webcast site.
The year 2013 gets off to a flying start for the Open Access movement. The 5th Open Access Days, organized by the Couperin consortium, will take place in Paris on January 24 and 25, 2013. Important actors within the movement will come together to think through the central themes of ‘Making access to research results more widespread' and to clear the ground for the main planks of a pro-active policy in this area.
How to achieve 100% accessibility to the results of research funded by public money, and within the best possible time limits? That is the question the European Commission is asking all of the Union's Member States, which are invited to take a position on the widespread deployment of open access to the results of their research, in a European Commission recommendation, dated July 17, 2012, and from the perspective of the Horizon 2020 program.
Excellent news for Open Access in Belgium at the end of this year!
After the signing, on October 22, 2012, of the Brussels Declaration on Open Access by Belgian ministers, two new institutions are providing their contribution to the development of the Green Road in Belgium.
Le The Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS) and the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) have made official the setting up of an obligatory deposit mandate similar to that established by the ULg in 2007.
The first African University to have signed the Berlin Declaration, la Stellenbosch University is also the first on the African continent to have hosted and edition of the Berlin Conference on Open Access its 10th, this November 7 and 8.
The theme this year, ‘Networked scholarship in a networked world: participation in open access,’ allowed subjects such as the following to be addressed:
On the occasion of Open Access Week 2012, a conference day, Open Access to Excellence in Research, was held on Monday October 22 at the Brussels Palais des Académies. After a presentation on Open Access policy on a European level as well as a discussion with a panel of experts on the aspects of OA policy to be implemented in Belgium, the day was marked by the signing of the:
This declaration, signed by the representatives of the Ministers Paul Magnette (Federal Science Policy), Jean-Marc Nollet (FWB) and Ingrid Lieten (EWI), defines a Belgian policy concerning open access to academic and scientific information. It affirms the support of the Belgian government to the Open Access movement and makes it the default means of circulating the results of Belgian academic and scientific research.
The ULg actively supports the Green Road for Open Access, on an institutional level of course with ORBi, but also on a Belgian and European level. The Green Road allows scientists and academics to publish where they wish whilst rendering their publications available to all via open repositories or archives.
Why this commitment to the Green Road?
What excellent news for this Open Access Week: ORBi has just crossed the threshold of one million downloads ! And that in only taking into account real downloads carried out by the users (*). For the month of October 2012 over 2,400 downloads per day have been noted!
An excellent sign of recognition on the part of ORBi users, situated around the entire world (**), but also a concrete reflection of the success of a bet launched in 2007 with the establishment of an ambitious mandate which is now recognized as a benchmark ('the Liège mandate'). In effect the latter strongly pushes researchers to make the integral text of their publications accessible via the internet and thus allow them, and the ULg, to gain maximum visibility.