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2013-06-17 09:06

G8 Statement on Open Access

On 12 June 2013, the G8 science ministers approved a statement endorsing Open Access. Under the heading "Expanding Access to Scientific Research Results", the ministers stated:

"We recognise that effective global scientific research and public understanding of science and commercial innovation by enterprises is supported by free and rapid public access to published, publicly funded research. The generation, sharing and exploitation of scientific knowledge are integral to the creation of wealth and the enhancement of our quality of life. We recognise that G8 nations have an important opportunity and responsibility to promote policies that increase access to the results of publicly funded research results to spur scientific discovery, enable better international collaboration and coordination of research, enhance the engagement of society and help support economic prosperity."

The endorsement covers both the published results of publicly funded research and its underlying data. The statement includes a commitment on the part of the signatories to continue their cooperative efforts to promote the transition to Open Access. See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/g8-science-ministers-statement. For a brief appraisal (in German), see http://wisspub.net/2013/06/13/g8-staaten-verabschieden-open-access-statement/