Last updated on 
11 May 2020

National Open Access Desk

Kaunas University of Technology
Kaunas University of Technology
  • Overview

    International, national and institutional open access awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns in the country since 2003, have resulted in developing policies and infrastructure to support Open Science.

    national overview

    Support and Landscape

    National Initiatives

    The National Point of Reference for Open Access is the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania.

    The Research Council of Lithuania has a mandate of coordinating OA activities in Lithuania.

    The main governmental institution, responsible for implementation of innovation policy in Lithuania is the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA). They coordinate national activities and international programmes (HORIZON2020, EUREKA, EUROSTARS) of research, technological development and innovation and other financial schemes. MITA provides national financial support for project participants.

    The Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) was a public institution established to provide evidence-based information and guidance regarding adoption of decisions on formation and implementation of research, higher education and innovation policy relevant to the public. Following the reorganization of the Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA), the Government Strategic Analysis Center (STRATA) has been established.

    national landscape

  • Open Science Policy

    National Policy

    Lithuania has not implemented a national Open Access/Open Science policy yet but Working Group for developing it was set up on 16 January 2020 by the Minister of Education, Science and Sport. 

    In accordance with the Law on Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Lithuania (2009, revised 2015 and 2016), “in order to ensure the quality of research conducted with funds of the state budget, the transparency of the use of funds of the state budget, to enhance scientific progress, the results of all research works carried out in state higher education and research institutions must be announced publicly (in the Internet or any other way), to the extent this is in compliance with the legal acts regulating the protection of intellectual property, commercial or state and official secrets” (Article 51).

    national policy

    Funder policy

    The Research Council of Lithuania adopted the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Data on the 29th of February 2016 and seeks its further implementation.

    The Guidelines include open access (OA) and open research data policy in full alignment with the Horizon 2020 (H2020) OA mandate and Open Research Data Pilot, and the July 2012 European Commission recommendations on access to and preservation of scientific information.

    The major funding agency in the country:

    funder policy

    Institutional Policy

  • Infrastructure & EOSC

    Key networks & Aggregators

    The Electronic Academic Library of Lithuania (eLABa) is the national OA repository of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and all academic institutions of Lithuania. Fifty institutions in Lithuania (universities, institutes and research centres) are members of the eLABa Consortium.
    The key aggregator is Lithuanian Virtual Library.

    national infra

    Data repositories

    LiDA (Lithuanian Data Archive for Social Sciences and Humanities)

    MIDAS (National Open Access Research Data Archive)

    COD (Crystallography Open Database)

    CLARIN-LT (repository of resources in Linguistics, Humanities and Social Sciences)

    national data repos

    National publishing initiatives

    The Directory of Open Access Journals lists 80  journals published in Lithuania.

    National agreements with publishers

    OA books

  • Training & Support

    Open Access and Open Data in “Horizon 2020“ (OpenAIRE fact sheet in Lithuanian)
    FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot (OpenAIRE fact sheet in Lithuanian)

    Materials of seminar and conference presentations in English and Lithuanian are accessible on the website of Kaunas University of Technology Library at this link.
  • Statistics

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  • News

    11 November 2019
    On the 30th of October, 2019, the workshop "Getting Started with Research Data Management Support" welcomed university managers, research support, administrative support staff and librarians to Kaunas University of Technology. The workshop was given by Dr Marta Teperek, Data Stewardship Coordinator at TU Delft in the Netherlands, Dr Ir Santosh Ilamparuthi, Data Steward at TU Delft and Dr Ir Shalin...
    11 November 2019
    This year our usual practices of celebrating the Open Access Week at Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas, Lithuania, took a different turn: in addition to promoting the OpenAIRE webinars, the initiative of setting up an escape room was brought to life. Rasa Dovidonytė, Senior Information Manager at KTU Library, followed the instructions by Katrine Sundsbø, the Scholarly Communications and Re...
    06 May 2019
    On the 2nd and 3rd of April, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Library hosted two events: FOSTER Open Science Trainer Bootcamp for librarians from Lithuanian research libraries and Open Data Workshop on Writing Data Management Plans for doctoral students at KTU. This was not the first time the hosts welcomed FOSTER training events at Kaunas University of Technology: a series of events under th...
    24 March 2016
    OpenAIRE welcomes the adoption of the Guidelines for Open Access to Research Results, Research Council of Lithuania The Research Council of Lithuania adopted Guidelines for Open Access to Research Results (resource in Lithuanian) on 29 February 2016. The Guidelines include open access (OA) and open research data policy that are fully aligned with the Horizon 2020 (H2020) OA mandate and O...
    30 March 2015
    On March 19, 2015, the first seminar in the FOSTER-supported training programme "Promoting Open Science among young researchers: Challenges and Opportunities", took place. The topics discussed were: "EU and national open access and open science policies and practices, in relation to publicly funded research in Horizon 2020 and national grant schemes" and "Linking Open Access research publications ...

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