The EC has agreed to fund OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) . From yesterday's announcement:
The European Commission has reached agreement with the OAPEN consortium to fund the OAPEN project with €9000,000 from the eContentplus Programme. The project started in September 2008 with a kick off meeting in Göttingen. A Scientific Board has been established and an External Stakeholders Group is currently being formed.
OAPEN is a 30-month target project to develop and implement an Open Access (OA) publication model for peer reviewed academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). The project, which is the first of its kind, aims to achieve a sustainable European approach to improve the quantity, visibility and usability of high-quality OA content and foster the creation of new content by developing future-oriented publishing solutions, including an online library dedicated to HSS, and new business models....
The OAPEN consortium welcomes other publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences to join OAPEN's network, make use of OA publications models and to expand the available OA content....
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.