Co-ordination Workshop on Open Access to Scientific Information

Wednesday 4th May 2011

DG Information Society & Media, Avenue de Beaulieu 25, Brussels

About the Workshop

The EC convened this workshop to bring together projects and initiatives addressing specific implementation issues within the broader policy area of open access. These initiatives are relevant for the work of both DG INFSO and DG RTD.

The preparation for the next European Framework Programme is advancing very quickly and the European Commission has recently adopted the Green Paper 'From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding', launching a public consultation on the key issues to be taken into account for future EU research and innovation funding programmes.
With this broad framework in mind, this workshop leveraged on the opportunity of a regular meeting related with the implementation of the FP7 OA Pilot to bring to the table related issues that different stakeholders and policy makers (at European and Member State level) have been discussing. The workshop was structured to address the following points:
1.    Update on the European Commission developments related to access to scientific information
2.    Update from OpenAIRE e-Infrastructure on the implementation of the OA pilot and its future plans (extensions at global level, etc);
3.    Sharing experiences in Member States and Projects related to the future of scientific information
4.    Presentation of SURF's initiative "Clearing the Gate" (proposal to undertake a feasibility study).

The workshop concluded with an open debate involving a panel of funding organisations contributing to the objective of sharing views on the above topics to be considered for future European policies.


The workshop was attended by almost 70 key players in the Open Access arena together with numerous European Commission officials from different units of DG Research & DG Information Society & Media. Participant List (pdf)

Agenda & Presentations

08:45 Registration
09:00 European Commission opening
•    Welcome (Kostas Glinos)
•    Video message from EC Vice President Neelie Kroes
•    European Commission Open Access policies (Francesco Fusaro)
•    Presentation of the day (Carlos Morais Pires)

1st session: " An e-Infrastructure  for Open Access"  Chair: Astrid van Wesenbeeck (SPARC)
•    Peeking Through an Open Window to OpenAIRE Yannis Ioannidis
•   OpenAIRE Awareness raising and how to reach researchers and their organisations: Western European NOADs‘ experience Inge Van Nieuwerburgh
•    OpenAIRE Awareness raising and how to reach researchers and their organisations: Eastern European NOADs‘ experience Iryna Kuchma
•   OpenAIRE at global level. Norbert Lossau
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 2nd session "Forward look views and best practices" Chair: Wolfram Horstmann (Univ Bielefeld)
•    Funding agencies views
      - Quality and value in open, social scholarship, Neil Jacobs (JISC)
      - Open access in context: stimulating the future information infrastructure, Johannes Fournier (DFG)
•    Messages from EC-funded projects
       - Highlights from the SOAP project, Salvatore Mele (CERN)
       - ACUMEN: Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms, Paul Wouters (Univ. Leiden)
       - New ways to communicate in science, Vincent Smith (Natural History Museum)
       - DOI and DAIs infrastructure - DIGOIDUNA study, Paolo Bouquet (Univ. Trento)
12:45 Lunch break
14:00 Clearing the Gate initiative. Chair: Marc Dupuis (SURF)
•    The Quality Imperative of Open Access - Clearing the Gate, Leo Waaijers (SURF)
•    Dutch Research Council - NWO,  Ron Dekker (NWO)
•    Open discussion
15:00 Coffee Break
Open debate and panel of funders

Chair: Alma Swan (Key Perspectives Ltd.)

Presence of Funding Agencies from European Member States
OpenAIRE Technical Atelier:
Exchange between OpenAIRE and EC Participants Portal IT
Chair: Jarkko Siren (European Commission)
- Discoverability of information in the OpenAIRE web
- OpenAIRE portal/website
- Training activities
- Statistics for the pilot
- Other technical issues
16:45 Wrap-up, next steps and conclusions.  Chair: Hilary Hanahoe (GRDI 2020)
17:00 Workshop Concludes

Download Agenda (in pdf)

For further information about the workshop please contact David Arribe Lopez ( or Erik Toen (