Information, Infrastructure, Involvement: The open access agenda in Germany

Fournier, Johannes Information, Infrastructure, Involvement: The open access agenda in Germany., 2007 . In Berlin 5 Open Access: From practice to impact: Consequences of Knowledge dissemination, Padova (Italy), 19-21 September. (Unpublished) [Presentation]


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In Germany, the members of the so-called alliance of research organisations (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, German Rectors’ Conference, German Research Foundation DFG, Helmholtz Association, Leibniz Association, Max Planck Society) drive the open access agenda forward. Providing information for academics and scientists still plays a major role, and members of the alliance found various ways for adressing their often specific needs. A DFG-funded platform ( serves as a national focal point, providing information for different stakeholders involved or concerned with open access. Developing guidelines and policies can thus rely on the information provided (e.g. the resolution by the German Commission for UNESCO that was based on a handbook on open access, cf. Some organisations asked key researchers to provide their articles via repositories in open access to demonstrate that open access publications comply with the highest quality standards. At the same time, the infrastructure for open access archiving is continuously improved, be it by large-scale projects like eSciDoc (, be it by networking the repositories in Germany. Although there is a strong support for the so-called "green road", major German research organisations are also interested in contributing to the SCOAP3. Besides, providing open access to primary research data comes more and more into the focus of attention. The presentation will depict the major developments within Germany, pointing out the specific interests of the alliance’s member organisations.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: national alliance of research organisations, open access repositories
Subjects: G. Industry, profession and education. > GD. Organizations.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
Depositing user: Users 181 not found.
Date deposited: 12 Dec 2007
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:10


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