EuroTech meeting on Open Access – exchange on university’s work and priorities

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Photo: Thorsten Naeser

On 16 February 2015, the EuroTech Universities Brussels Office hosted the first EuroTech meeting on Open Access. Participants from the four universities’ Library and Support teams had the opportunity to exchange on each university’s work and priorities in the field of Open Access. In addition, Celina Ramjoué and Daniel Spichtinger from the European Commission provided first-hand information on relevant EU policies and initiatives. The discussion touched on issues such as the different national contexts, institutional publications policies, Open Access funding and business models, uptake of Open Accesss publishing and researchers’ perceptions, as well as data management and Open Access to data.

Context:
On 17 July 2013, the EuroTech Universities Alliance was one of the five associations of European Technical Universities received by the former European Commissioner for Research & Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, in order to formally endorse its “ERA in Action” statement. This statement includes the Alliance’s specific commitments to delivering the European Research Area in relation to doctoral education, recruitment, knowledge transfer, gender & diversity, open access and communicating science & technology. The meeting on 16 February was organised with a view to exchange on work and priorities in the field of Open Access and to identify potential areas for further collaboration.