Open Access Week: Reusing and Sharing Research Data

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22 oktober 2012 | 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 firstfew years, the focus was primarily on Open Access publication, inboth Open Access journals and repositories. This year, much of theemphasis will be on research data.

The idea is not always for research data to be made openlyavailably immediately but – thanks to careful data management – toimprove the storage and availability of research data and to enableits reuse. Maastricht, Groningen, and Tilburg Universities areorganizing seminars for researchers on dealing carefully withresearch data.


“We can’t avoid it: Open Access is the future,” says AntonFranken, Vice-President of the Executive Board of RadboudUniversity Nijmegen. Radboud University started its RU4OpenAccess campaign earlier this yearto help researchers make their publications openly available viathe Radboud Repository.

“Open Access is important both for the researchers and for theuniversity itself because it improves the visibility of theresearch involved.”

Social media

Improving the visibility of research increasingly involvesmaking use of social media. In Amsterdam, the two researchuniversities and the university of applied sciences have joinedforces this year.

They intend providing researchers with practical informationabout how to publish material via Open Access and how socialmedia can be used to draw attention to your research. InUtrecht, the research university and the university of appliedsciences 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 SocialStudies (ISS) have joined together to look beyond the nationalborders. They are organizing a symposium on Participation in Research: Open Access forscientists in the global south, focusing on the importance ofOpen Access for developing countries.

The program of the Dutch Open Access Week can be found here

Read more about Open Access onScienceGuide:

Europe’s leading fundamental research institute, CERN goesOpen Access

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

Cambridge’s new Open Access Math Journals

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