Starting signal for open-access.network

New project to promote competencies and improve networking: The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding a Germany-wide joint project to create the new national competency and networking platform in the field of Open Access with around 2.4 million euros. The open-access.network project is managed by the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM) of the University of Konstanz.

The project creates a new information and networking service that will activate existing initiatives and network them across regions, as well as sustainably improve the exchange within science on Open Access. Information on Open Access will be made available centrally and reliably across disciplines. New, freely accessible materials, continuing education and training programmes qualify actors and multipliers in science and libraries and impart skills in practical, organisational and legal issues.

To this end, a network of project partners has come together who bring with them comprehensive and diverse expertise in the provision of information, the development of skills and the networking of Open Access and who have been very active contributors to the Open Access community for many years. The joint project is managed by the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM) at the University of Konstanz. Project partners are the Open Access Office Berlin at Freie Universität Berlin, the Helmholtz Open Science Office at Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam - Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover, and the libraries of the universities of Bielefeld and Göttingen.

Information, competence transfer and networking

The three central objectives of the project are the provision of information, transfer of skills and networking of the existing community.  Over the next three years, the project partners intend to create a new platform that will provide information on key topics with many new services such as a forum, helpdesk, moderated focus groups and new databases. With the help of bar camps, thematically focused workshops, regional networks, train-the-trainer boot camps and webinars or online workshops, the Open Access community and actors from science will be networked. The new platform will build on the existing information platform open-access.net and develop it further.

The BMBF is funding the project within the framework of the "Richtlinie zur Förderung einer Kompetenz- und Vernetzungsplattform im Bereich Open Access“ (Guidelines for the Promotion of a Competence and Networking Platform in the Field of Open Access) until the end of November 2022.

Project manager and contact: Dr Anja Oberländer, Communication, Information, Media Centre of the University of Konstanz, info(at)open-access.network