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]
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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Researchers are mandated to deposit at least the final author version, which will be available in open access if possible.
More information on the website of the University of Antwerp
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
This morning, I went – on behalf of Creative Commons – to the “Open Science Works!” meeting in the European Parliament.
The meeting was organized under the auspices of MEP Marietje Schaake with the support of the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Continue reading ““Open Science Works!””