The Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation unanimously adopted (with two abstentions) the project of Open Access Decree supported by the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Jean-Claude Marcourt, aiming at establishing a policy of free access to scientific publications.
The text of the decree stipulates that all scientific articles subsidized by public funds must be deposited in an institutional directory.
Institutions will also need to use only lists of publications from these directories for the evaluation of researchers.
The decree is accessible online [fr]
Over the past 20 years digital open scholarly communications have slowly changed the way we study, research, publish and share knowledge in developed and developing regions, with a trend toward open access, open science, en data. Openness brings benefits but also challenges for sustainable and participatory knowledge infrastructures.
As part of the World Humanities Conference (Liège, from sunday 6 to saturday 12 august), the panel on “The humanities and knowledge as a public good” organized by CLACSO will have invited presentations by Bhanu Neupane (UNESCO, Open Access Programs), Justus Roux (Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa, President), Williams Nwagwu (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa –CODESRIA Open Access Program), Dominique Chalono (University of Liege, ORBi)
Date and time: Wednesday 9th. August, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Place: University of Liege, (Site du XX Août, Room Gothot, building A1, level +1)
Online registration: http://www.humanities2017.org/en#registrationfees-section
For the third year, the libraries network of the University of Liege (ULg Library) organizes an “Open Access Erasmus Staff Week” to expose, question and reflect on the new roles and opportunities which emerged from the Open Access & Open Science movement for the academic libraries.
Based both on ULg Library’s expertize and on each participant’s experience in Open Access, the main OA components will be addressed : mandates, author rights, Open Science, libraries roles, etc. Some sessions will be collaborative and, for others, participants will be invited to expose their own open access experiences.
When? : 8 to 12 may 2017, english will be the working language.
The application deadline is March 10th, 2017.
Details and registrations
Participate in the Open Science event, organized by the Flemish and French-speaking universities of Belgium, at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels on 24-25 October 2016.
The theme of this year’s International Open Access Week, to be held October 24-30, will be ‘Open in Action’. The Belgian universities, with the support of the Royal Library, jointly organize a two-day event titled ‘Open Science on the move’. As ‘Open Access’ becomes a more and more familiar concept, this event will focus on the broader picture of ‘Open science’ and how to open up all aspects of scientific research.
Topics will include, among other things: open access, open peer review and open data.
Anyone can attend the event although the first day is primarily intended for researchers, PhD students, postdocs, and (junior) professors, while the 25th of October is oriented towards research administrations, research coordinators and librarians.
- Monday 24 October: oriented towards researchers – program
- Tuesday 25 October: oriented towards research administration/coordinators and librarians – program
- This event will be held at the KBR, Keizerslaan 4 Boulevard de l’Empereur, 1000 Brussels
More information about the ‘Open Science on the move’-event and how to enrol is coming soon!
With the support of:
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).
At the closing of his excellent interview series “The State of Open Access”, Richard Poynder answers a series of questions himself. The resulting interview is an thorough and nuanced overview of the current state of OA. Continue reading “Must read: “The State of Open Access “”