June 2016

Green Light for Open Access

On 17-18 May PASTEUR4OA hosted the conference Green Light for Open Access (#greenlight4oa) in Amsterdam.  The conference was an event officially associated with the Dutch Presidency of the European Union and included some 150 participants.

Issues evolving around Open Access policies were at the centre of the discussions during the conference: policy development, implementation, compliance monitoring, services and infrastructure. Some of the key takeaways from the conference included reflections on what can be learned from policies that are already established, how Open Access policies can be further aligned in Europe, and what their common denominators should be.

Greenlight4OA in Numbers

150 Delegates (read more)
97 Photos (see FLICKR)
29 Presentations (read more)
8 Videos (see Vimeo & Twitter)
6 Visual sketches (see Twitter)
3 Blog posts (see EU NL, LIBER, OpenAIRE)
1 Report (read more)

Greenlight4OA Sessions

The Green Light for Open Access conference started with a welcome address from the PASTEUR4OA project coordinator, Victoria Tsoukala, and with two keynote speeches by Ron Dekker, NWO, and Gerard Meijer, Radboud University. The speakers reflected on the latest developments in Open Access (OA) in the Netherlands and Ron Dekker highlighted that 'if we really want to change the system, it's time for
In the second session, speakers from Malta, Belgium, Sweden and Slovenia shared their views and experiences on how they have contributed to the development of institutional and funders OA policies. Beate Eellend, for example, highlighted that 'stakeholders need to cooperate if we want to reach the set Open Access goals'.
The funders' views session demonstrated how different countries are at different stages of OA policy implementation. Lithuania has recently implemented a policy. In Portugal and Austria policies have been in place for longer and are actively contributing to increase the numbers of scientific outputs freely available online. For the EC, OA to publications is mandatory in Horizon 2020 and OA to research data will become the default in 2017 whereby projects will be required to fill Data Management Plans (DMPs).
The first day of the conference closed with a session on monitoring OA. In Denmark, the OA Indicator has been developed to monitor the number of
research outputs that have been published in OA. In the UK, Jisc Monitor has been developed to assess compliance with the national funders OA policies. Stephen Curry reflected on how we can get researchers more involved on OA.
The second day the conference started with a Keynote speech by Jean-Pierre Finance, who highlighted that 'as Open Science is gaining global momentum, now is the time to progress towards a more open, fair, transparent and sustainable scientific ecosystem'.
The session 'What next for OA policy' focused on OA services and infrastructures, which are key components for the successful implementation of OA policies. Rob Johnson, for example, stated that 'if we want to see more open access, we need to win hearts and minds, we need policies, but we also need the infrastructure'.
In the conference's closing session, Ben Johnson, Bernard Rentier and Stephan Kuster considered what is next for Open Access policies and for advancing Open Access to scientific information. Bernard Rentier shared his dream that instead of the Liege Open Access model being unique, it would become universal and all the universities follow the principles of Open Access. 
'Give us the wings and we're ready to fly'
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