The Swiss National Strategy on Open Access and its Action Plan

A year ago, the action plan for the Swiss National Strategy on Open Access has been approved by the plenary assembly of swissuniversities and has been subsequently endorsed by the governing board of the Swiss University Conference. Swiss Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are the key players in the implementation process of the national strategy, so the aim of the action plan was to provide them with options and concrete solutions to achieve the objectives that came with adopting the strategy....

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Swiss Research Data Day 2018

The Swiss Research Data Day on 12 June 2018 at ETH Zurich was organised by the Swiss research data management project DLCM and supported by the OpenAIRE2020 NOAD in Switzerland.There has been a data deluge in the research sector in recent years, accompanied by an increasing tendency to allow the scientific community access to original research data and the procedures used in order to enable study results to be fully reproduced. The management of research data is far from a straightforward issue,...

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As of 2020: 100% Open Access to SNSF-funded research in Switzerland

Based on a decision by the National Research Council, all publications produced in SNSF-funded projects are to be freely available in digital format as of 2020. "Research findings funded by public money are a public good," says Matthias Egger, the President of the National Research Council. Open Access is quickly becoming the accepted standard in science. Until now, less than 50% of the publications produced in SNSF-funded research have met this requirement. But as of 2020, the SNSF will expect ...

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Swiss National Science Foundation introduces data management plans

Researchers who are applying for Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) project funding will have to supply a data management plan (DMP) as of October 2017.DMPs will encourage good data management practices througout the data lifecycle in order to better document, store and validate research findings. Moreover, the SNSF expects that data generated by funded projects will be publicly accessible in non-commercial, digital databases provided there are no legal, ethical, copyright or other issues....

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Swiss Open Access Strategy: Towards the Unrestricted Publication of Research Outputs

At its plenary assembly on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Higher Education Institutions, adopted a national Open Access Stategy. The strategy aims to provide public access to research publications via the Internet or via open databases as soon as possible. Currently, access to most research outputs is restricted by the terms and conditions of commercial publishers. Commissioned by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the strategy will n...

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Swiss Research Data Management Day 2016

On November 29th 2016 the Swiss RDM Day took place at Rolex Learning Center, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The national workshop for 150 participants was jointly organised by OpenAIRE, the national project Data Life-Cycle Management (DLCM) and its partners (EPFL, ETH Zürich, HES-SO - HEG, University of Basel, University of Zurich, Université de Lausanne and SWITCH). The event provided insights into existing services like OpenAIRE and the upcoming national support services by D...

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Open-Access-Tage 2015

Open-Access-Tage 2015 (Open Access Days 2015) took place 7-8 September in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference highlighted that Open Access (OA) and Open Science (OS) now reach a multitude of stakeholders, though each are impacted at different levels and in various forms. This diversity of knowledge and requirements increasingly requires information exchange and coordination. In Switzerland, there is a proliferation of central stakeholders: the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innova...

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