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04.12.2010 04:40

Neelie Kroes: The Challenge of Open Access

 

Neelie Kroes (EU-Kommissarin für die Digitale Agenda) hat zum Launch von OpenAIRE eine denkwürdige Rede über die Bedeutung von Open Access für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft gehalten. Die EU-Kommisarin hat Ihre Unterstützung für Open Access und die europäische Open-Access-Infrastruktur, die mit OpenAIRE  ausfgebaut wird, sehr deutlich zum Ausdruck gebracht, wie der folgende Auszug zeigt:

The right to access freely the results of science does not only benefit citizens but also the public funding bodies. I believe public scrutiny of research results will improve how we allocate research funds. It will also increase the citizens’ confidence in research spending. The long-term effect will be to help governments to make the investments we need to secure a sustainable and inclusive future. Open access can thus be understood as supporting the Open Government principle, helping to bring about better public services.

Open access is a legal and technical reality today. The question is no longer ‘if’ we should have open access. The question is about ‘how’ we should develop it further and promote it.

This „how“ is indeed a challenge. It is an organisational and business challenge as the internet revolution disrupts the established models for scholarly dissemination. Open access is also a social challenge. As with all revolutions, the privileges of gatekeepers are revealed and put in doubt. Both knowledge producers and gatekeepers– the publishers and those doing the science – are forced to rethink their roles. All stakeholders will need to participate in this change. Also the funding bodies have an important role because they must ensure that deposit obligations are honoured.

 

Den kompletten Text der Rede finden Sie hier.