title 21/10/2013

The 7th edition of Open Access Week took place between 21 and 27 October 2013. This was an opportunity to promote free access to scientific information and to recall the reasons for Open Access and its importance in our society.

The points below were inspired by the debate entitled The Future of Open Access which took place on 25 September at ULg.

Initially, the OA movement stemmed from a paradoxical situation noted in the 1990s: at a time when the range of methods for distributing information were increasing at an unprecedented rate and when technology enabled documentation to be accessed in a single click, scientific literature was becoming increasingly inaccessible.

In real terms, the current method of sharing information has, with a few minor changes, remained the same since Gutenberg ... The time has come to revise this method with a view to increasing openness.

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title 07/10/2013

And when the law on copyright no longer protects authors but restricts their freedoms, it's time to change it. This was understood in Germany, which changed its copyright law on 20 September 2013.

As we reported previously, Germany revised its law on copyright in order to enable researchers to archive their publications with Open Access under certain conditions.

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title 17/09/2013

Nearly 20 years of Open Access! What has become of it? Is it the foundation of a new paradigm of scientific communication? An idealistic illusion? A step too far, or not far enough? Who has really benefited? Researchers, institutions, publishers? Some disciplines to the detriment of others? Compulsory archiving - a good thing or a bad thing? And what about my freedom?

Join in the debate with our guests at the start of the academic year!

Featuring Stevan Harnad, Professor of Cognitive Sciences at UQAM and one of the most active and influential advocates of the movement in favour of free access to scientific publications.

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ORBi, the 33rd academic repository in the world

The July 2013 edition of the Webometrics World Ranking of Repositories brought us good news. ORBi became the leading Belgian repository in the ranking, coming 33rd in the world out of 1,563 academic repositories. Yet further progress in terms of the previous ranking in January 2013! The same holds for rankings of all types of repositories, including thematic repositories (ArXiv, PubMed Central, etc.) and multi-institutional repositories (HAL, etC.) where ORBi was positioned 47th in the world (out of 1,650) and 20th in the European rankings (out of 738)!

And there is more good news, our partners at the University of Luxembourg joined the rankings with ORBI's little sister, ORBilu which we launched with them on 22 April 2013, and which already ranks 992nd in the world academic rankings!

See also the post from Rector Bernard Rentier on this topic.

title 09/07/2013

With more than 97,600 references, 31,000 of which include their entire text in Open Access, ORBi, the ULg’s bibliography and academic repository has established itself in the Liège and world wide scientific community. As well as being harvested for several years by Google Scholar, OpenAIRE, Base, Driver, Isidore, etc. ORBi content is also now referenced in the Ex Libris Primo Central index.

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title 27/05/2013

Will Open Access soon be the norm for publishing publicly-funded research articles? There is every reason to believe so, given the numerous decisions taken by governments, universities and public bodies which fund research. Open Access is gaining ground on both the national and international levels. Beyond the stated desire to publish research documents in Open Access, some countries such as the United States have even gone as far as planning to incorporate this principle into law. This short overview of positions marking the start of 2013 is highly convincing.

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title 27/05/2013

In addition to these Open Access mandates and policies, 2013 also saw various stakeholders in the world of publishing taking a stance on current models: the resignation of the editorial committee of the Journal of Library Administration, the emergence of new models of funding OA publications, as well as the creation of the Accelerating Science Award Program to reward scientific advances achieved as the result of OA.

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title 22/04/2013

ORBi is delighted to announce the birth of its Luxembourg counterpart ORBilu, on Monday 22 April 2013, the fruit of a partnership agreement concluded in May 2012 between the University of Liège and the University of Luxembourg.

This transnational event is the result of several months' work led by the Library Departments of the two respective institutions. It is important not only for the two partner teams but also, and fundamentally, as a contribution to the development of the Open Access movement!

Uni.lu now has an interface which is identical to that of ORBi, through which it can promote its research, enabling it to increase its visibility. Following in the footsteps of its big sister in Liège, it is also backed up by an ambitious policy on the subject.

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I love open access

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 ?)

title 01/03/2013

At the beginning of this year 2013, a breath of springtime air already seems to be pushing the American and German governments further along the Green Path.

On February 22 the American public made public its policy concerning better access to the results of the research it funds, thus taking the path initiated by the National Institutes of Health.

For its part Germany could go much further. A modification in German law concerning copyright which will be considered in September could render inalienable the right of researchers to freely disseminate their articles on the internet, the same being also true in the case of a transfer of copyright to the publisher.

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