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  • Open Access Week: Reusing and Sharing Research Data

    - Today starts the International Open Access Week. In the Netherlands, SURF coordinates the events on the benefits of OA for higher education and research. Seminars and lectures will encourage them to focus on Open Access to research results.

    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 research data.


    "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 research involved."

    Social media

    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

    Read more about Open Access on ScienceGuide:

    Europe's leading fundamental research institute, CERN goes Open Access

    The League of European Research Universities (LERU) created a roadmap offering advice and support.

    Cambridge's new Open Access Math Journals