[Oa-italia] Fwd: Results of the EC public consultation on scientific information in the digital age

Maria Cassella maria.cassella a unito.it
Lun 30 Gen 2012 13:56:29 CET

giro alla lista perche' di estremo interesse i risultati di questa 
indagine promossa dalla Commissione europea.
saluti a tutti

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Oggetto: 	Results of the EC public consultation on scientific 
information in the digital age
Data: 	Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:39:18 +0100
Mittente: 	<RTD-OPEN-ACCESS a ec.europa.eu>

Dear Sir, dear Madam,

The public consultation on scientific information in the digital age, 
which was recently undertaken by the European Commission, spurred great 
interest among a variety of stakeholders, with 1140 responses received 
from 42 countries. Respondents identified *a strong need for better 
access to scientific publications and scientific data in Europe*. *90 % 
of respondents supported the idea that publications resulting from 
publicly funded research should as a matter of principle be in open 
access (OA) mode and that data from publicly funded research should be 
available for reuse free of charge on the internet.* Furthermore, 83 % 
called for policy formulation at the EU level and 86 % agreed on the 
development of an EU network of repositories.

Asked about *barriers to accessing scientific publications* the high 
price of journals/subscriptions (89%) and the limited budget of 
libraries (85 %) were identified as key issues.  The main barriers to 
access *research data* were identified as lack of funding to develop and 
maintain the necessary infrastructures (80 %); the insufficient credit 
given to researchers for making research data available (80 %); 
insufficient national/regional strategies/policies (79 %) as well as the 
lack of incentives for researchers (76.4%).

Self-archiving ('green OA') or a combination of self-archiving and OA 
publishing ('gold OA') were identified as the preferred ways for 
increasing the number and share of scientific publications available in 
OA mode. The majority (56% of respondents) prefer an embargo period 
(that is the period of time during which a publication is not yet open 
access) of 6 months.

Finally respondents were also concerned that the preservation of 
scientific information is currently insufficiently addressed.

*More information:*

The survey on scientific information in the digital age is available at


(pdf document, 6MB)

and on our open access website under "background documents"


For any questions feel free to contact the open access team at

RTD-open-access a ec.europa.eu <mailto:RTD-open-access a ec.europa.eu>

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