Attention to research data
This is the sixth International Open Access Week. In the first
few years, the focus was primarily on Open Access publication, in
both Open Access journals and repositories. This year, much of the
emphasis will be on research data.
The idea is not always for research data to be made openly
availably immediately but - thanks to careful data management - to
improve the storage and availability of research data and to enable
its reuse. Maastricht, Groningen, and Tilburg Universities are
organizing seminars for researchers on dealing carefully with
"We can't avoid it: Open Access is the future," says Anton
Franken, Vice-President of the Executive Board of Radboud
University Nijmegen. Radboud University started its RU4OpenAccess campaign earlier this year
to help researchers make their publications openly available via
the Radboud Repository.
"Open Access is important both for the researchers and for the
university itself because it improves the visibility of the
Improving the visibility of research increasingly involves
making use of social media. In Amsterdam, the two research
universities and the university of applied sciences have joined
forces this year.
They intend providing researchers with practical information
about how to publish material via Open Access and how social
media can be used to draw attention to your research. In
Utrecht, the research university and the university of applied
sciences will be promoting Open Access with a Twitter Festival.
Beyond the borders
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Delft University of Technology,
Leiden University, and the International Institute of Social
Studies (ISS) have joined together to look beyond the national
borders. They are organizing a symposium on Participation in Research: Open Access for
scientists in the global south, focusing on the importance of
Open Access for developing countries.
The program of the Dutch Open Access Week can be found here
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