Dear list members,
We are pleased to present you the results of the 2010/11 questionnaire on Open Access and Preservation Policies in Europe, which gives an overview of how policies and strategies on open access and preservation have been developing in the European Research Area: http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/document_library/pdf_06/open-access-report-2011_en.pdf. As highlighted by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn in her Foreword, the report shows that open access is backed by a growing number of universities, research centres and funding agencies across Europe. Recent developments, such as the commitment in early December 2011 of the UK government to make publicly funded research free to access, confirm this dynamic growth. The information contained in the report is a milestone that serves as valuable input for the development of a Commission policy on access and dissemination of scientific outputs in the European Research Area and in Horizon 2020.
On 30 November 2011, the European Commission presented a package of measures backing Horizon 2020, the next framework programme for research and innovation. The main references to open access are summarized here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/document_library/pdf_06/open-access-in-horizon-2020_en.pdf. Parliament and Council negotiations are now on-going. The adoption of legislative acts is foreseen in 2013. Horizon 2020 will start on 1 January 2014.
You may also wish to visit our website http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/open_access and Twitter account (@OpenAccessEC).
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