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Monday, July 16, 2007

Access policies at the Leibniz Gemeinschaft

Klaus Graf has written a series of blog posts (one, two, three, four), in German, on the access policies of the Leibniz Gemeinschaft.  Here’s his English-language summary (by email):

The Leibniz Gemeinschaft which has signed the Berlin declaration has to support OA. My series of blog entries asks in which form OA is supported by the member institutes. Generally Max Planck Gesellschaft or Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft or Helmholtz Gemeinschaft are more active. There is a working group for OA in the Leibniz Gemeinschaft which has elected Dr. Stempfhuber as a speakter in April, 2007. Noteworthy is that the GIGA journals are becoming OA.

The first case study was devoted to the Bergbau-Museum Bochum part of the humanities section of the Leibniz Gemeinschaft (I will review only these institutes). There could be no OA activities detected (no mentioning of OA on the website, no full texts of staff publikations, no database of museum items with pictures etc.)

The second was dedicated to the DIE (institution for education of adults). From 989 publications in the publication database are 743 online free of cost. Partly CC-BY-NC-ND licenses are used. The journals are not OA but a lot of articles are. Thus DIE is on the right way.

The third was on the DIPF (Deutsche Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung).  It has very few publications online but a lot of heritage items from the library on education history (historical journals, pictures).

Before reviewing the single Leibniz institutions I have reviewed the Dresden State Museums (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden) which have signed the BD as only German museum in 2003. There is absolutely no evidence that this museum supports OA in any way. No mentioning on the website, no full texts of publications, no permission-free use of pictures, and pictures on the website are to small for scholarly use.

Part 4: There is no evidence on the website that the famous German Museum (Deutsches Museum) supports OA.