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