World Intellectual Property Day and the Anne Frank Case

It’s a recurring discussion. Every time a major work is about to enter the public domain, debate flares up if and when it can be freely accessed. Due to differences in national copyright legislation it is often difficult to determine when copyright protection ends. In a time where access to knowledge is global, this leads to absurd situations. So is “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the public domain in most parts of the world but, due to an exception in copyright law, not in France.

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Open Access week 2015: Wed. Oct. 21st

During the international Open Access Week 2015, themed “Open for Collaboration”, the Belgian universities, with the support of the Royal Library, jointly organize a two-day event entitled “Research Impact through Open Access: Explore new opportunities”, on 21st and 22nd October 2015 at the Royal Library in Brussels. Continue reading “Open Access week 2015: Wed. Oct. 21st”

Open Access Week 2015 – “Open for Collaboration”

Open Access Week 2015 – “Open for Collaboration”
Research impact through Open Access: explore new opportunities
21-22 October 2015

You are researcher, PhD student, postdoc, professor, assistant or simply interested by the topic?
You want to know more and engage actively in providing Open Access to research results?

Participate in the Open Access workshops, organized by the Flemish and French-speaking universities of Belgium, at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels on 21-22 October 2015.

Registration is free of charge but mandatory.

Practical information and the full program:

  • for Wednesday 21 October: coming soon (organized by the Flemish universities).
  • for Thursday 22 October: here (organized by the French-speaking universities).

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FOSTER seminar ‘Embracing Data Management – Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice’ June 4th 2015, Brussels

The Flemish Interuniversity Council, VLIR, organized a Foster workshop on Open Science and Research Data Management. The conference lived up to its name covering a wide variety of topics on Open Data and Data Management, ranging from policies and legal aspects to case studies, researcher’s experiences and useful applications. Continue reading “FOSTER seminar ‘Embracing Data Management – Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice’ June 4th 2015, Brussels”

FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot

With Open Access publishing on the rise, new business models emerge.  Some journals choose to charge the author a fee to cover publishing costs. Although not all Open Access Journals ask an Article Processing Charge (APC), researchers may have to pay for the publication of their article. Because articles are often published after the research project is finished, this cost is generally not covered by funding. Continue reading “FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot”