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Best practices in the institutional implementation of the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot (III)

Implementing the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot at Universidad Politécnica de MadridGuest post by Estefanía Muñoz, European R&D Programmes Coordinator. European Projects Office. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.The Polytechnic University in Madrid/Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university. More than 2,400 researchers carry out their activity at the UPM, grouped in 204 Research Groups, 19 Research Centers or Institutes and 55 Laboratories. UPM ...

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New Open Access and Repositories law in Argentina

Last November 16th, 2016, the Argentine government published a law entitled “Creación de Repositorios Digitales Institucionales de Acceso Abierto”.The law establishes that all institutions which are part of the National Science and Technology System that receive funding from the Argentine federal government must create an “institutional digital repository” that provides free and open access to all publications (including technical-scientific works, academic theses, journal articles, etc.) In add...

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Best practices in the institutional implementation of the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot (II)

Implementing the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot at Radboud University/Radboud University Medical CentreGuest post by Dirk van Gorp, Open Access Officer and Research Information Specialist at Radboud University LibraryRadboud University/Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc) is one of the leading universities in the Netherlands. Our more than 5000 researchers produce a combined scientific output of almost 7000 publications per year. Radboud University has been at the forefront of the Op...

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First Digital Infrastructures for Research event held in Krakow (OpenAIRE @ DI4R2016)

From 28-30 October 2016, Europe's leading e-infrastructures joined forces for the first time to invite all researchers, developers, data practitioners and service providers to the Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) event to find new ways to support and facilitate science and research across Europe. DI4R2016 was jointly organised by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and RDA Europe, and hosted by ACC Cyfronet AGH, Kraków's academic computing centre.The event was designed with research communiti...

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2016 Chinese Institutional Repository Conference and launch of the new repository group in China, CHAIR

The 4th annual Chinese Institutional Repository Conference took place in Chongqing, China on September 21-22, 2016, with the theme of “Rich functions and extended roles for institutional repositories”. The conference was jointly organized by National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and CIRG (Chinese institutional repository implementation group), and Chongqing University Library. It attracted over 330 registered participants, reflecting the growing interest in repositories in ...

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COAR counters reports of repositories' demise

Guest post by Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR“The reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated” (to paraphrase Mark Twain)Last week COAR published a response to an article written by Richard Poynder on September 22, 2016. Although some of Richard Poynder’s comments definitely reflect the current reality, he made a number of other somewhat questionable assertions, in particular that institutional repositories (IRs) have failed.Poynder's comments reflect a creeping narrative enter...

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The number of OpenAIRE data providers is constantly growing - check out some of the newest in 2016

The OpenAIRE information space continues its regular and considerable growth. The OpenAIRE portal now includes almost 18 million records, over 16 million Open Access publications and 23629 datasets from 760 compatible data providers (www.openaire.eu/search/find).Take a look at some data providers that have recently contributed to increase the number of Open Access documents (new data providers in 2016):INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORY Digitalna knjižnica Slovenije (83064 Open Access publications, 14 Fun...

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Best practices in the institutional implementation of the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot (I)

Implementing the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot at the University of MilanGuest post by Paola Galimberti, Responsible for Open Access & Scholarly Communication at Università degli Studi di MilanoThe University of Milan is a research-intensive multidisciplinary university. It’s currently the only member of LERU in Italy. The staff includes over 2000 researchers and professors and more than 1970 PhD-students and post-docs. Our researchers produce circa 8000 publications on a yearly basis – i...

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How RIO Collections help showcase research project outputs

A recent SPARC Innovator award winner, Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) was built around the principles of open research in scholarly communications. Traditionally, a research project ends up with just a few articles published in scholarly journals after many years of work. But why communicate just research articles at the end of a cycle?Research articles are just a small component of the research cycle. What about all the other project outputs - research ideas, grant proposals, methodologies, ...

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Embargo periods: A personal view

A guest post by Dawn HibbertOpen Access Advocacy Librarian, University of StrathclydeEmbargo periods set by publishers continue to undermine, or at best, delay open access (access to scholarly research without having paid a subscription or cost to access).  Whist publishers have been quick to argue that without embargo periods libraries would no longer purchase subscriptions to their journals, and that it could potentially eat into profits due to the journals perceived “shelf life” this does not...

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LA Referencia: Implementing the OpenAIRE guidelines in Latin America

Alberto Cabezas Bullemore, Executive Secretary, LA Referencia & RedCLARA. Email: alberto.cabezas@redclara.netOpenAIRE’s mission is to foster the social and technological links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond. Recognizing that research is increasingly global and that OpenAIRE’s solutions must work within the wider world ecosystem, one of the main goals in this phase of OpenAIRE is to increase interoperability by promoting technological alignment between regions and facilitating ...

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Green Light for Open Access: Aligning Europe’s OA policies PASTEUR4OA Final Conference

Open Access was in the spotlight during the PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) Final Conference “Green Light for Open Access”. The Conference was an event officially associated with the Dutch EU Presidency and attracted some 150 experts from research funding and research performing organisations, publishers, and national policy makers across Europe. It also attracted significant attention on Twitter (#greenlight4oa) with more than 1500 tweets. PASTEU...

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Results Held Hostage: Hardware Design Software Licenses Holding Back Open Science

Prof. Francesco Mondada, Mobile robots architecture & design, Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), francesco.mondada@epfl.ch [caption id="attachment_896" align="alignright" width="178"] CC BY-SA 3.0 - Alain HerzogIn this extended guest post, Prof. Francesco Mondada describes a dilemma facing many researchers who use proprietary CAD software in their work but want to make their research results open: although education institutions, inclu...

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Linked Open Data Services for OpenAIRE

Christoph Lange and  Sahar Vahdati, Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), University of Bonn We’re happy to announce that the OpenAIRE Linked Open Data (LOD) Services are now available as a beta version at http://beta.lod.openaire.eu/. OpenAIRE already makes its data freely available for re-use via APIs. In line with its commitment to openness, OpenAIRE has been busy mapping OpenAIRE’s data onto suitable standard vocabularies in order to make OpenAIRE’s data available as Linked Open Data.  This ...

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First OPR-Module for repositories

Converting open access repositories into functional evaluation platforms Bringing back quality control to the scientific communitySupported by OpenAIRE, Open Scholar has coordinated the development of the first Open Peer Review Module (OPRM) for open access repositories.Find out more about the features this module can bring to your repository:Quality control through enhanced evaluation: Common open access repositories already offer different, mostly quantitative, metrics like the number of visit...

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The Quality Open Access Market (QOAM) and OpenAIRE

Guest post by Leo Waaijers and Saskia de Vries (QOAM)The FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot is part of the EC OpenAIRE project, giving the Pilot roots in the library world. As a funding initiative for Open Access publications, however, the Pilot has a high stake in a well functioning publishing market with authors as typical customers. This turns this Pilot into a catalyser for library-author interaction.The role of libraries in supporting researchers to make appropriate publication choices in an ...

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Webinar on the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot Implementation in the UK

As a result of a growing interest from UK researchers and academic support staff on how to apply for the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot funding, a first 'national webinar' on this European Commission funding initiative was held on 19 January. The webinar was targeted to UK-based researchers, project coordinators, research administrators and librarians and sought to: Introduce the pilot, the eligibility requirements and the pilot results so far; Explain how the central funding service can be used; Addre...

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OpenEdition and OpenAIRE - experiments in open peer review

 As part of OpenAIRE2020, OpenEdition, in association with the Couperin consortium and the environmental science journal VertigO, is carrying out experiments in the areas of open peer review and open commentary. Although the experiments are still ongoing, we are here able to share an update on progress, along with some preliminary findings.The journal chosen for the experiments, VertigO, is a popular environmental sciences journal that receives a large number of submissions. In addition to the h...

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Advocacy Resources for Policymakers: PASTEUR4OA Project

PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) places strong focus on engaging with national policymakers to inform and assist them in developing and/or reinforcing Open Access policies and to emphasize the importance of aligning national institutional and funder policies with the European Commission’s Recommendation towards member states of 2012 on Open Access and preservation of scientific information and the Horizon 2020 framework to ensure Open Access to all...

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"National strategy of open access" adopted in Slovenia

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has adopted the National strategy of open access to scientific publications and research data in Slovenia 2015-2020 on 3 September 2015. The Slovenian and English versions are available at the Ministry web page. OpenAIRE and PASTEUR4OA , together with project partner EIFL, provided a joint submission to support the National strategy during the public consultation process. The National Strategy provides a good-practice example of a fully aligne...

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