[Cc-it] Congresso internazionale sull'Open Access "BERLIN 3"
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University of Southampton Press Release 16 February
International meeting in Southampton could create a worldwide policy for
A meeting of international institutions which have signed up to Open Access
(OA) could result in a united policy creating a huge growth in free access
to research findings.
The Berlin 3 Open Access Meeting: Progress in Implementing the Berlin
on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities will be hosted
by the University of Southampton on Monday 28 February and Tuesday 1 March.
The purpose of this meeting, which will include representatives from Europe,
the US, India and Pakistan, is to implement the Berlin Declaration on Open
Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, which has now been
by 55 major international research institutes since its launch in Berlin
in October 2003,an initiative widely hailed at the time as world-leading.
University of Southampton Professor Stevan Harnad, one of the founders of
the OA worldwide movement comments: ?The Berlin Declaration itself was only
an abstract expression of the principle that scholarly and scientific
should be free online to all potential users worldwide. We now need to
the Declaration so as to make it a practical policy which institutions that
have signed can commit to adopting.?
During the 2-day event, representatives from some of the world?s most
research institutions, including France?s CNRS and Germany?s Max-Planck
will present their experience of implementing the Berlin Declaration in
Southampton University itself will be proposing a Unified Open Access
Policy, as a practical way to implement the Berlin OA Declaration based on
the successful approach it has recently adopted and announced. It will
that universities and research institutions worldwide should adopt a policy
that all of their published research journal articles (whether in OA or
journals) are deposited ? immediately and permanently -- in their own
OA Archives, freely accessible to all potential users worldwide (rather than
just to those whose institutions can afford the access-tolls of the non-OA
The meeting will conclude with a discussion on implementation of the latest
Berlin roadmap and a call to new organisations to sign the Declaration.
Notes to Editors
1. For further information about Berlin 3, please visit the meeting?s
Details of the University of Southampton policy announcement can be found
Details of last month?s OA workshops at Southampton can be found at:
2. The University of Southampton is the home of GNU EPrints software, the
most widely used software for building Institutional Repositories, and the
JISC (the Joint Information Systems Committee) TARDis (Targeting Academic
Research for Deposit and Disclosure) project, which has been investigating
the technical, cultural and academic issues which surround institutional
3. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research
with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The
has over 20,000 students and over 5000 staff. Its annual turnover is in the
region of £270 million.
Useful web sites for journalists
www.experts.soton.ac.uk - an A-Z guide of University experts
For further information, please contact:
Professor Stevan Harnad, ECS, Tel: 023 8059 2582, email:
harnad a ecs.soton.ac.uk
Joyce Lewis, Communications Manager, Electronics and Computer Science,
of Southampton, Tel: 023 8059 5453, email:j.k.lewis a ecs.soton.ac.uk
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