National Open Access Desk

  • University of Latvia, Riga Technical University and library community actively support Open Access. However, interest in the topic is growing in other scientific institutions and at the research policy level.

    Researchers are still reluctant to provide Open Access (OA) to their publications and the main reasons for this are a lack of knowledge about relevant copyright issues and the resistance by researchers to allocate time and effort to the depositing process. The main focus is on the OA green road. The awareness of research open data is at an early stage.

    Support and landscape

    • The University of Latvia after taking part in the OpenAIRE project has started to promote and support the OA movement in Latvia.

      From 2009 to 2014 the OA team from the Library of the University of Latvia participated in the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme; OpenAIRE project (OA Infrastructure for Research in Europe) and OpenAIREplus (2nd Generation of OA Infrastructure for Research in Europe: 2012-2014). In 2015 they continued with the OpenAIRE2020 (OA Infrastructure for Research in Europe 2020)), PASTEUR4OA (OA Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) and FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research).

      Thanks to the participation of the University of Latvia in these projects, a National OA Desk – Latvia was created as the main point for support on OA. In the last few years several important steps were taken for the development of the OA movement in Latvia. Two institutional repositories have been set up and researchers in Latvia were kept regularly informed about OA benefits, possibilities and activities. The University of Latvia annually celebrates international OA Week by organizing discussions, meetings, presentations, workshops on various OA initiatives and by spreading promotional materials to other academic institutions.

    National initiatives


    OpenAIRE statistics

    46717 OA publications in 9 repositories
  • National policy

    Latvia has not implemented a national Open Access/Open Science policy yet. However, the Ministry of Education and Science released the "Latvian European Research Area Roadmap 2016-2020", listing the promotion of Open Access as a top priority, in 2016.

    The research policy makers, administrators and the research communities have not yet reached a full level of awareness of OA and its benefits for researchers, institutions and for society in general; however, several actions and initiatives to implement principles of OA policies are taking place in Latvia.

    Institutional policy

    OA policies are at an early stage in Latvia; In 2017 two universities, the University of Latvia and Riga Technical University adopted institutional policies. In both policies, it is recommended (not mandatory) that researchers provide OA to their publications and other research outputs.

    Latvia has two institutional policies:

    There is adopted Policy of the E-resource Repository of the University of Latvia.

    Funder policy

    Latvia has no implemented funder Open Science policy yet.

  • Key networks and aggregators

    • Two institutional repositories were established in Latvia - E-resource repository of the University of Latvia and Riga Technical University E-resource Repository. The University of Latvia also manages the SciRePrints (Science and Religion Dialogue Prints) repository and since 2013 SciRePrints has been integrated in to the - E-resource repository of the University of Latvia. Both repositories are registered in ROAR and OpenDOAR. Since 2011 the University of Latvia dissertations have been available in the E-resource repository of the University of Latvia. In 2015 bachelor, masters and other students works were imported in to the repository (the access is restricted to the university staff only) from the University of Latvia information system.

      The Riga Technical University repository is not fully open access, part of the content is accessible only by the university staff with passwords given by the university.

      In 2016 the National Library of Latvia set up a new version of their repository Academia.

    Data repositories

    Latvia has no data repositories.

    Latvian Sociological Association (LSA) developed plan for establishing a national data service for the social sciences in Latvia by engaging in the CESSDA ERIC project CESSDA SaW. More inforamition here.

    National publishing initiatives

    The awareness of OA is mainly within two universities: University of Latvia, Riga Technical University and the library community focus on the OA.

    Two institutional repositories were established in Latvia - E-resource repository of the University of Latvia and Riga Technical University E-resource Repository.

    National agreements with publishers

    Latvia has no agreements with publishers.

    OA books

    No information available.

  • NOAD-Latvia

    NOAD-Latvia is a support point in Latvia for the research community to be aware of OA and its benefits. NOAD-Latvia organizes activities and also gives consultations on topics related to OA, open science, OA policy, etc. As the University of Latvia is one of the first higher education institutions and scientific research institution in Latvia that has made its repository OA, the university provides all interested parties with consultations and information.

    In 2019 the close collaboration is grown between NOAD-Latvia and State Education Development Agency (SEDA) and National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 in Latvia in giving strong support for the post-PhD students and new scientists on writing project proposals in Horizon 2020 program. The representative of NOAD-Latvia is joining the meetings of SEDA for scientists and post-PhD students with giving various presentations on Open Access and Open Science issues and Horizon 2020 Mandates. 


    An important step to contribute to the OA and Open Science movements in Latvian society was the creation of National Open Access Desk web page, which is the central point for dissemination of information on OA, including news & events in Latvian.

    Open e-Course

    The E-course “Open Science/Atvērtā zinātne” has been created so that there could be a full understanding of the term "Open Science" as well as to promote it`s recognition amongst the members of the Latvian society of science. The principles of open science are gaining a stronger role in science`s development in the world. The course materials cover open science and its importance in research, OA, open data, open science policies, the management tools of OA information, repositories. It is possible to access the materials in various formats: presentations, videos, websites, written posts, statements and guidelines.


    The course has been created thanks to the cooperation of the University of Latvia, the National Library of Latvia and Riga Technical University, in the project "Open Science - the 21st century`s benefits for researchers". The e-course contains materials from the FOSTER e-learning platform.

    Main previous activities

    In 2012 the Library of the University of Latvia organized a special week that promoted the repository of e-resources of the University to the academic staff of the university and all higher education institutions in Latvia.

    In 2013 the Scientific Council of the University of Latvia held a session and a discussion "Copyright issues in Open Access: a burden or an opportunity?" which also took place in the Scientific café. A video devoted to the 5-year anniversary of OA in Latvia, and electronic booklets in which the main questions about copyright issues in OA where answered was produced.

    In 2015 the main event was the conference "Open Science - the 21th-century benefits for researchers" which was held during the international OA week. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness about Open Science, its challenges and benefits and the recommendations of the European Commission in relation to research data management and digitalization, and sharing of experience. The event was co-funded by the European Commission’s research and innovation program (FP7) project FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research).

    In 2016 the national workshop "Research Data Management and Open Science: Challenges and Opportunities for Latvia" was held, which was given by Iryna Kuchma, EIFL-OA Programme Manager.


    In 2017 the national workshop “Open Research Data and Data Management” was held at the Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia. Dr. Marjan Grootveld and Elly Dijk from Data Archiving and Networked Services – DANS were presented topics about OA and Research Data Management, FAIR principles, storing and preserving data.

    In 2018 May the workshop “Open license Creative Commons for open science, business and society” was held, which was given by Gwen Franck, EIFL-OA Programme Coordinator.


    During “International Open Access Week 2018” the workshop “Open Science for Successful Research Grants” was held at the Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia. Research coordinator Ivo Grigorov at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU AQUA) presented topics about the good practice of winning research project competitions, incorporating the principles of open science in the project application, as well as addressing research data management issues. 

    Many presentations and video records from previous events are available at the activities website.

  • Funding Agencies

    Latvia has 1 funding agency which is listed here:

    Integrated in OpenAIRE

    Latvia has no funding agency integrated in OpenAIRE yet.

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