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Open Access: Practices, Opportunities and Challenges Breakfast Workshop

Location COST Office
Date 15 October 2013  | 8:00 - 10:00
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A high profile event designed to present and discuss outcomes from a COST Symposium on Open Access held in May 2013, with a select group of policymakers and expert practitioners involved in setting open access policy and implementing it in practice.

Open access refers to the practice of granting unrestricted access to scientific articles. This particular topic was discussed by around 60 representatives of the science, policy and publishing community at a COST Symposium held in Vienna in May 2013 . The symposium resulted in a draft paper detailing the perspectives of the different stakeholders involved with regard to open access practices, opportunities and challenges (in particular, different models for providing open access to publications). Key insights from this draft paper were discussed at this event.

Keynote speakers at the event included:

  • Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña, President of the COST Committee of Senior Officials
  • Ms Amelia Andersdotter, Member of the European Parliament and of the ITRE Committee
  • Dr Barbara Prainsack, Associate Professor at King’s College London, UK) and Member of the COST ISCH Domain Committee
  • Mr Daniel Spichtinger, Policy & Project Officer, Directorate General for Research & Innovation, “Ethics and Gender“ Unit, European Commission

Following keynote interventions, the workshop featured a lively debate involving policymakers and representatives of research institutions, policy organisations and the publishing sector.

The organisers of the Open Access strategic initiative drew on insights and debates from this event and the Vienna symposium to formulate a number of conclusions and recommendations regarding open access. These conclusions and recommendations were distilled into a final report , launched in December 2013.