A new tool is now live in the Belgian Open Access landscape: Mosa (https://www.mosa-research.be).
Mosa aims to highlight Open Access research produced by scholars from Belgian and Luxembourgish institutions. More than 10 repositories are daily harvested in Mosa. Interface is in Dutch, English (default), French and German.
Mosa currently contains more than 295,000 records in Open Access, but it also contains publications and communications with restricted access (intranet). Depending on the repositories, a Request a print option can help you to directly contact the author and ask for an electronic copy.
In total, there are a bit less than 600,000 records in Mosa, of which a majority of scholarly articles:
- 328,000 scientific articles
- 66,000 proceedings
- 48,000 dissertations
- 40,000 lectures and conference presentations
- 36,000 book chapters
- 16,000 reports
- 7,000 working papers and preprints
- 1,800 course materials
For compliance reasons, not all Belgian repositories could be added to Mosa. Hopefully, they can be added soon!
Mosa team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Want to know more about what open access can do for you ?
Participate to one of the information sessions taking place at Université Libre de Bruxelles during lunch time from 21 to 25 October:
- Find open access publications of quality
- Keep your copyright
- Open Access and FNRS
- Increase the impact of your publications with OA
- From DI-fusion to Google Scholar.
More info : http://blogusoperandi.blogspot.be/2013/10/open-access-week-ulb-7eme-edition.html
Following the publication in Le Monde newspaper of the article Savoirs. Un bien public convoité,  (Knowledge. A sought after public good) a community of university officials, teachers-researchers, publishers and library directors have wished to respond and express their support for open access to research results by publishing in Le Monde an opinion column entitled Qui a peur de l’open access? (Who’s afraid of Open Access?)
You can now back this movement by also signing the opinion piece on the site I love open access.
Le Monde has also subsequently launched an appeal for testimonies from people concerned: Chercheurs, quels sont selon vous les défauts du système actuel de diffusion des connaissances? (Researchers, according to you what are the flaws in the current system of disseminating knowledge?)
 Cabut, Sandrine and Larousserie, David. Savoirs. Un bien public convoité. In : Le Monde (March 2, 2013). Also read: A qui appartient le savoir? (To Whom Does Knowledge Belong ?).
The publishing imprint of ULB, Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, is a Green Publisher according to the colours used by SHERPA/RoMEO : the publisher deposits the articles written by ULB authors, immediately upon publication, in the ULB institutional repository DI-fusion, providing Open Access without any embargo. This is done with articles published in collective books since 2008. For articles published before 2008, the authors are authorized to deposit the published version of their article in DI-fusion and to provide Open Access to it. Today, 225 publications from Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles are available in Open Access in DI-fusion.
In addition, the publisher also provides Open Access to complete books as soon as they are out of print: 168 books are freely available online in the ULB digitized collections Digithèque, the most ancient dating from 1970 and the most recent ones published in 2010.
For all publications available online, users can freely read, copy, print, download and distribute the articles for research and education purposes provided that the authors and the publication are properly acknowledged and cited.
In July 2012, ORBi, the institutional repository of the University of Liège, has passed the benchmark of 50,000 references with full text, which represents close to 61% of the deposits!
A great success which rewards the audacious gamble launched 5 years ago by the University of Liege, supported by a strong institutional mandate. It is also a fine victory for the accessibility of research documentation, as close to 50% of these references are in open access. Continue reading “IR ORBi has passed the benchmark of 50,000 references with full text”