An Open Access mandate adopted by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Government

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 beContinue reading “An Open Access mandate adopted by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Government”

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 leadsContinue reading “World Intellectual Property Day and the Anne Frank Case”

International Council for Science endorses open access to scientific record; cautions against misuse of metrics

ICSU, of which Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium is a member, endorsed open access principles and provided key recommendations guarding against the misuse of metrics in the evaluation of research performance. Read their press release