The National Documentation Centre (ΕΚΤ) is the national institution for aggregation, documentation, information, dissemination and support on science, research and technology issues. Founded in 1980, EKT is integrated with the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) and is supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry for Development. The NHRF is a multidisciplinary Research Centre established in 1958.
EKT's mission is to act as a backbone for the Greek national infrastructure for the development, organisation and provision of science and technology content. EKT services are offered to the country's entire scientific and business community, universities, research centres, enterprises and public and private sector bodies. Examples of services include the National Archive of PhD Theses, the Serials Union Catalog of Greek libraries, the institutional repository of the NHRF (helios-eie.ekt.gr) and a thematic repository for the Humanities (pandektis.ekt.gr). EKT has been National Contact Point for FP7 and currently for Horizon 2020 in several subject areas and the co-ordinator of the Greek branch of the Enterprise Europe Network. The organization also develops the National Information System for Research and Technology.
EKT is a pioneer of Open Access (OA) in Greece, having been the first Greek organisation to sign the Berlin Declaration on OA to Knowledge in the Sciences andHumanities in 2003. EKT is a strong supporter of open access as a means for social and economic development and is at the forefront of national and international open access initiatives that support the development and implementation of relevant policies for scientific and cultural data, including repositories, peer-reviewed electronic journals and CRIS. EKT activities for the promotion of OA in Greece include the creation of a relevant informational portal (http://openaccess.gr), hosting numberous international conferences (http://openaccess.gr/conferences/?language_id=1).
- Evi Sachini
- Nikos Houssos
- Panagiotis Stathopoulos
- Margaritis Proedrou