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Friday, July 25, 2008

Italian physics institute signs Berlin Declaration

Italy's Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare has signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge.  From its July 15 announcement:

A world in which scientific knowledge can be freely distributed, without barriers, through the Internet (the world’s vast unifying network).

This is the essence of the Berlin Declaration....Now Italy’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) has also decided to sign....

In signing the Berlin Declaration, the participating institutions are committing themselves to promoting the Internet as a tool for developing scientific knowledge and to recognising the worldwide strategic role of open access....Encouraging scientific researchers to publish on the web and cultural institutions to make their resources available by creating open archives are fundamental prerequisites for the successful promotion of this new approach to the dissemination of scientific knowledge....

Comment.  Kudos to all involved, especially INFN President Roberto Petronzio.  Now to put the Berlin principles into practice:  Will the INFN follow-up with a policy to provide OA to its research output?