EC adopts communication on Open Access

The European Commission has recently adopted the Communication “Towards better access to scientific information: Boosting the benefits of public investments in research”. This COM document, which includes a parallel Recommendation to Member States for improved policies and practices on access and preservation, advocates for open access to research papers and data and proposes a 100% open access availability of Horizon 2020 research publications.

SPARC Europe responds to the Finch Report

On Jul 11th SPARC Europe released its response to the Finch Report made publicly available a month earlier by the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings. Under the title "A thumbs up for Open Access, but an expensive way of getting there", SPARC Europe's answer to the Report critizices the unacknowledgement of "the achievement of UK repositories and their promise for the future".

OR2012 in Edinburgh

The 7th edition of the annual Open Repositories conference (OR2012) is held in Edinburgh on Jul 9-13th. The crowded event programme features the latest advances and initiatives in the areas of Open Access repositories, Research Data Management or repository services, to mention but a few. The University of Edinburgh host over 450 delegates along the biggest OR event to date.