19 May 2009 Results from publically funded research should be easy to find on the web and free to read

A new project group will now plan how Denmark can adhere to the EU policy of open access to research results from projects partly or fully sponsored with public funds


The group’s plan will be ready late 2010. The group will organisationally be placed within the framework of Denmark’s Electronic Research Library (DEFF).


Many research results are already available online in journals and databases, but getting access to them costs money similar to subscribing to a newspaper. Presently, libraries and research institutions are buying access to some of the research, but the goal is free access to as many publicly funded scientific articles online as possible – even for people who are not students or registered patrons of a library.
“I find the EU initiatives towards free access to publicly financed research results extremely relevant in today’s knowledge society. In a time where research and innovation are important prerequisites for a positive development of society, as many obstacles impeding the access to knowledge as possible must be removed. I look forward to working to promote Open Access under the auspices of DEFF,” says Mai Buch, chair of DEFF’s steering committee.


Denmark’s Electronic Research Library, DEFF, is the result of a collaboration between Danish Ministry of Culture, Danish Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.


The new project group is comprised of select members of DEFF’s steering committee as well as representatives from Danish University and Property Agency, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, and The Council for Protection of Intellectual Property.


The project group will strengthen the national strategies and structures for access as well as promotion and long-term conservation of scientific information and data. The group will investigate how publicly funded research can be made freely available and what economic consequences open access to research may have.


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