Ghent University has a history of being an early bird in Open access philosophy and spreading these ideas further, both on a national and international level. Home university of Herbert van de Sompel, developer of OAI-PMH, Ghent University was the first Belgian university (2003) to have an institutional repository, and has spread this idea through the country on national meetings and conferences. The expertise and enthusiasm allocated in the UGent library team, combined with their geographical and linguistic situation, and wide network, make them well-suited to be the regional OA Helpdesk. They could both offer practical as well as more strategic advice, as far as either the installation of a Helpdesk and the establishment of Open Access policies by repositories are concerned. It can also help setting up deposit guidelines assigned to the needs of researchers and technical teams.
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