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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

What does the EC communication say and who has seen it?

See the press release from the STM announcing the Brussels Declaration.  A colleague has drawn my attention to this sentence:

[T]he [European] Commissionís Communication on Scientific Information in the Digital Age issued this week does not make clear why government intervention is needed and risks promoting one business model over another.

I'm glad to see the implication that the Communication calls for some kind of "intervention" and I hope it's the EU-wide OA mandate recommended in the report commissioned by the EC itself. 

But as far as I know, the EC Communication has not yet been issued.  I haven't seen any announcement on any list (and I track the lists that would probably talk about it).  There's no mention of it in the EC's press room.  It doesn't turn up on a search of the EC site.  And the scheduled release date isn't until February 15.  Did publishers get an advance copy?