title 19/09/2011

The Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) wishes to contribute to the promotion of the first strategy advocated by the Budapest Initiative on Open Access through the organization of a workshop focusing on the 'Green Road' model in the context of Open Access to scientific and scholarly literature.

Although they aim to implement greater accessibility and visibility of research, policy initiatives from stakeholders in scientific research have not achieved maximum efficiency yet.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together actors from universities, research centers and funding agencies to identify pending issues in the management of institutional repositories, both in terms of scientific dissemination and measurable impact on scientific publications and communications.

Link to the Webcast

European Consultation on the access to scientific information

At the end of 2011, the European Commission will adopt a text on access to and the conservation of digital scientific information which will spell out the specific actions to be taken at Member State level.

In this context the EC has established a consultation process.

As an Institution the ULg is already putting into action a strong policy of promoting free access to scholarly research information and the dissemination of research data.

Today this enquiry offers an opportunity for all the actors concerned (individuals, institutions, organisations, etc.) to express their points of view and provide input into a thinking through of the policies and the options to be considered, as well as their possible impact.

The consultation is open up until September 9, at the European Commission web site.

The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete, and the results will be published in the Autumn of 2011.

Berlin9 (B9) Open Access Conference, Nov, 9-10, 2011

The ninth installment in the Berlin Open Access Conference Series, which convenes leaders in the science, humanities, research, funding, and policy communities around The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, will take place at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on November 9 & 10, 2011 outside Washington, DC.

The conference theme will focus on the impact of open access in research and scholarship.

More information on http://www.berlin9.org/

The new version of BASE is now available

The new version of BASE, one of the biggest multi-disciplinary search engine for academically relevant OAI-sources is now available at www.base-search.net.

It was created and developed by the Bielefeld University. Through a VuFind interface, you have now access to more than 28 million documents from more than 1.780 repository servers. Information is updated on a more regular basis.
There is also a new iPhone-App for BASE available from the website or directly at iTunes Store.

ORBi is harvested by BASE since January 2009 (Content sources informationn).

title 15/04/2011

In this month of April, ORBi has reached a new landmark: 60,000 references, of which over 36,000 (60%) are provided with full text versions (50% of them available on open access). An international visibility which is booming as we can observe on average over a thousand daily downloads which originate from all over the world!

Open Access today: becoming more and more essential!

Currently over 20% of the whole of the world's academic and scientific literature is already available on Open Access: 8.5% in periodicals on open access and 11.9% via institutional repositories (Björk, 2010), figures which are constantly growing.

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The new interface for DOAJ

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is offering a new interface to access over 6300 academic and scientific journals and 540.000 articles in open access. There is the possibility of:

Survey on effects of self-archiving and author experiences

As part of a research project conducted by students at the University of Uppsala (Sweden), we invite you to participate in an online survey on the impact of Open Access. Focus will be on what changes can be noticed by the single researcher with the shift from non-OA publishing of research articles to self-archiving.

Link to the survey : https://survey.mamut.com/s?s=20424 (until March 2nd 2011)

Thank you for your contribution!


ORBi: new functionalities for ULg researchers

  • A widget enabling references from ORBi to be integrated into web pages, in a dynamic way and in the presentation format you like.
  • The addition of a new type of document : "E-Prints/Working Papers".
  • In reports in an html format, possibility to add a bibliometric summary (h-index, ...).
  • Possibility to customize the link towards publications found in the ULg directory and in the Browse by author via your MyORBi.
  • Deactivation of contextual aid for a whole working session whilst encoding in MyORBi.
title 02/12/2010

For a researcher the increased impact of their work is a benefit of great significance amongst the numerous advantages offered by Open Access. Proof of this is that the citation rates of publications deposited in institutional repositories or other open archives is rising sharply.

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title 03/11/2010

This report presents the results of a research project carried out in 2009 at the University of Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3. Its objective: to evaluate the results of the policy in favour of open archives in France.

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