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Friday, June 13, 2008

German science alliance will support OA

An alliance of German research organizations agreed on June 11 to launch a digital information initiative, which includes support for green OA, gold OA, and open data.  Read its June 12 announcement, Wissenschaftsorganisationen starten Schwerpunktinitiative zur "Digitalen Information" in German or in Google's English.  (Thanks to the Informationsplattform Open Access.)

The OA projects within the larger initiative will include new institutional and disciplinary repositories, the development of business models and financing for OA journals, pilot projects to redirect subscription funds toward the costs of OA publication, support for preservation and access to research data, and reform of German copyright law to support OA.  The announcement doesn't mention funder or university policies to encourage or require OA archiving. 

The alliance calls itself the Allianz der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen, and doesn't seem to have a web site yet.  It includes includes Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Fraunhofer Society, the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers), the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK, German Rectors Conference), the Leibniz Society, the Max Planck Society, and the Wissenschaftsrat (WR, German Council of Science and Humanities).

Update (6/23/08). Listen to Peter Welchering's radio interview on the Alliance and its campaign for OA. (Thanks to Infobib.)