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Friday, April 06, 2007

An OA funder mandate from Flanders

The chief Flemish research agency, Research Foundation - Flanders (Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, or FWO) has adopted an OA mandate for FWO-funded research.  (Thanks to DRIVER News and several correspondents.) 

The policy is contained in Article 2, 2, of the new agreement for researchers.  Here's Sigi Jottkandt's English translation: 

Following the Berlin Declaration of 2003 for the promotion of free access to scientific knowledge and cultural heritage, beneficiaries of FWO projects, mandates and credits must deposit the publications that result from FWO subsidies in a public "Open Access" database, at the latest one year from publication date, in order to effect greater impact and valorization of their work. Researchers are also advised to deposit their other publications in such an "Open Access" database, together with the research data that resulted in these publications.

I understand that more details will be available soon.

PS:  Kudos to all involved at the FWO.  I don't know whether this is related to the OA mandate at the University of Liege, announced just last month, or to the 15 signatures to the Berlin Declaration from Belgian university rectors and government ministers announced the month before.  But there's no doubt that Belgium is now one of the world's OA hot spots.