The current state of affairs at the UN, EU and IFLA level for Open Science and Open Access


(Image source: Persistent myths about open access scientific publishing; The Guardian)

With regard to some current discussions on Open Access publishing, this essay presents some useful links to the current state of affairs at UN, EU and IFLA level for Open Science and Open Access. 

Open Science and thus Open Access publishing must be implemented by 2020 in the European Union (see: All scientific papers to be free by 2020 under EU proposals). The emphasis on control of intellectual property will shift to the author instead of the publisher.

Libraries, Development and the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda, - IFLA

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a total of 169 Targets spanning economic, environmental and social development ...
... Libraries are key institutions for achieving the Goals ... 
In the UN 2030 Agenda, access to information has been recognised as a target under Sustainable Development Goal 16 (Target 16.10) ...

Open Science: towards a Horizon 2020 platform for Open Access publishing 

This platform will allow rapid, open access publication of: 

  1. Horizon 2020 related pre-prints which meet basic criteria on authorship, non-plagiarism and ethical conduct and
  2. Horizon 2020 related peer reviewed articles

Furthermore the platform will contain mechanisms for open/collaborate/public peer review and a suit of innovative ('alternative') metrics (the latter being one of the eight priorities of the Open Science Agenda). Use of this platform will be free for Horizon 2020 grantees.

Open AIRE

OpenAIRE has been used as a source for data to measure the 'impact' of Horizon2020 so far. Open Access is a vital part of that...
The EC has released an interim set of working documents to measure the impact and effectiveness of the Horizon2020 Work Programme. 

For Researchers  - - For Data Providers - - For Research Admins - - For Funding Agencies

Development and Access to Information (DA2I), - IFLA

Development and Access to Information (DA2I) is the first of a series of annual reports that will monitor the progress countries are making towards fulfilling their commitment to promote meaningful access to information as part of the United NationsSDGs.

DA2I will be launched annually, at the time of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (UN HLPF) and it is designed for UN member states, intergovernmental organizations, funders, civil society, other stakeholders working in development, and the library community itself. It underlines the invaluable contribution that information access, particularly through libraries, makes to promoting more socially and economically inclusive societies. 

Related: 

Open Access & Data Management (H2020 Online Manual, Research & Innovation) 


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