[Oa-italia] Fwd: [SOAF] Four European research funders adopt OA mandates

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inoltro un messaggio di Peter Suber.

Da notare che si parla anche di Telethon Italy

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From: Peter Suber <peter.suber a gmail.com>
Date: 2010/2/28
Subject: [SOAF] Four European research funders adopt OA mandates
To: SPARC Open Access Forum <SPARC-OAForum a arl.org>

[Forwarding from the Wellcome Trust.  --Peter Suber.]

European research funders throw weight behind UK open access repository
1 March 2010
Four European research funders have today added their support to the open
access repository UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) by agreeing that the life
sciences research outputs made possible with their funding are made freely
available through this repository.
Launched in January 2007, UKPMC is a free-to-access digital archive of
full-text, peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences research. As of
February 2010, it holds over 1.7 million full text articles. The ambition of
the repository is to become the information resource of choice for the UK
biomedical and health research communities and eventually to expand to
become 'Europe PubMed Central'.
Today, this aim takes a step closer as four European research-funding
organisations - the Health Research Board Ireland and Science Foundation
Ireland, Telethon Italy and the Austrian Science Fund - have agreed to
participate in UKPMC. The funders will mandate that all biomedical research
outputs that arise from their funding are made freely available - typically
within six months of publication - from the UKPMC repository.
The development has been welcomed by Sir Mark Walport, Director of the
Wellcome Trust, one of the principal funders of UKPMC:
"Free access to peer-reviewed research is essential for facilitating
progress in biomedicine. I am delighted that these European funders have
thrown their support behind UKPMC, and hope that other European research
funders will follow their example. This should enable us to build on the
success of the repository and expand to a Europe-wide service."
The four European funders will take part in 'Phase I' of UKPMC, and as such
will be provided with a fully-managed repository service, along with a
manuscript submission system to allow their researchers to archive their
papers in the UKPMC repository. Access to the Grant Reporting System is also
enabled, allowing researchers to report on the outputs of their grants.
Lucia Monaco, Chief Scientific Officer, Telethon Italy, commented that "as a
charity funded by patients, we are excited about the opportunity to make the
primary outputs of our research freely available to scientists, patients,
donors and the general public through UKPMC. The world-wide visibility
offered by UKPMC through its connection to PMC and the European prospect it
offers have made it the repository of choice for Telethon-supported
Funders will also benefit from the developments being made to the UKPMC
service. Key developments include providing the functionality - through text
and data mining technologies - to integrate research articles with a range
of other online sources, such as gene, protein and chemical compound
databases, and to integrate a range of bibliographic databases - including
Medline, Patents and Agricola - into a single, seamless discovery tool.
Phase I funding is based on a simple 'pay-as-you-go' model in which a small
fee is charged for each author manuscript that is deposited in the UKPMC
repository (to cover the cost of converting a manuscript to XML). All
ongoing infrastructure costs will continue to be met by the existing UKPMC
It is anticipated that Phase I will run until Summer 2011, to be followed by
Phase II, a fully fledged Europe PubMed Central with a range of additional,
value-added services.
Craig Brierley
Senior Media Officer
Wellcome Trust
T +44 (0)20 7611 7329
E c.brierley a wellcome.ac.uk
Notes for editors
UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) is a free digital archive of biomedical and life
sciences journal literature. Based on PubMed Central, the US National
Institutes of Health free digital archive, UKPMC provides a stable and
permanent online archive of full-text peer reviewed research publications.
UKPMC is funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign, Biotechnology and
Biological Sciences Research Council, British Heart Foundation, Cancer
Research UK, Chief Scientist Office, Medical Research Council, National
Institute for Health Research and the Wellcome Trust. The UKPMC project is
managed by the British Library on behalf of the UKPMC Funders Group.
The Wellcome Trust is a global charity dedicated to achieving extraordinary
improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in
biomedical research and the medical humanities. Its breadth of support
includes public engagement, education and the application of research to
improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial
[PS:  Also see the version of this press release at the Wellcome Trust web
site, February 28, 2010.]
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